Feb 23, 2018 | By Tess

3D printing giant Stratasys has fingers in a lot of pies. From 3D printed art, to medical models, commercial aviation parts, and more, the Israeli-American company seems to have an additive manufacturing solution for nearly every sector. Most recently, Stratasys announced that it would be further solidifying its position within the digital dentistry market with the release of new and integrated 3D printing products.

The new dental 3D printing products, announced at LMT Lab Day in Chicago, include the Stratasys Objet260 Dental 3D printer, biocompatible 3D printing material MEDFLX625, and the new Pop-Out Part (PoP) technology for easily removing supports from dental prints.

Arguably the most exciting of the three, the Stratasys Objet260 Dental 3D printer is based on the company’s established PolyJet triple-jetting technology, meaning it is capable of 3D printing three different materials on a single tray.

This multi-material feature makes the 3D printer suitable for a variety of applications within a dental office, such as 3D printing custom surgical guides and other patient-specific models. The company adds that if dental labs use the 3D printer’s single-material mode, they can benefit from increased efficiency in terms of change-over times and material usage.

Stratasys’ overall goal with the Objet260 Dental 3D printer is to provide mid-sized dental labs with an option for affordable 3D printing hardware, not only enabling them to benefit from 3D printing technologies but to accelerate the adoption of 3D printing in dentistry on the whole. Stratasys also promises “future-proofing” for its new 3D printer by allowing it to be upgraded to “Dental Selection.”

MEDFLX625, Stratasys’ latest dental 3D printing material, is a flexible biocompatible material which can be used in combination with more rigid materials. In terms of recommend uses, MEDFX625 is suitable for making “short-term patient contact” parts, including indirect bonding trays. The material is also designed for 3D printing surgical guides and soft-tissue implant models in a single print run.

Stratasys Objet260 Dental 3D printer

The final product in Stratasys’ newest dental 3D printing offering is its Pop-Out Part (PoP) technology, which is geared towards simplifying and improving support removal for dental parts (and especially clear aligner arches).

Stratasys says PoP is capable of increasing the speed of manual part removal up to a rate of 500 parts per hour (per operator). The tool will therefore enable dental lab technicians to clean 3D printed arches and dental parts with far more efficiency than before.

“There’s no denying the power of 3D printing for digital dentistry to significantly decrease turnaround time, reduce labor costs, and provide new streams of revenue,” said Mike Gaisford, Director of Healthcare Solutions at Stratasys. “Multi-material 3D printing pushes the boundaries of what’s possible in dentistry today, while unlocking the next-generation of applications for tomorrow.

“We believe that today’s announcements put Stratasys at the helm of dental innovation—and now we’re placing it in the hands of more customers than ever before.”

Earlier this week, Singapore-based Structo released the Velox, a desktop 3D printer with integrated, automated post-processing. Watch out for more dental 3D printing news today. 

Stratasys Objet260 Dental & Objet260 Dental Selection specifications:

Dimension 870 x 735 x 1200 mm; 264 kg
Material Cabinet 330 x 1170 x 640 mm; 76 kg
Build Size 255 x 252 x 200 mm
Layer Thickness as fine as 16 microns
Build Resolution (quality) 16 microns
Build Resolution (speed) 28 microns

 

 

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