Jul 5, 2018 | By Thomas

ClearCaps, a clear aligner brand founded in Berlin, Germany, is using 3D printers to accelerate its large volume manufacturing operations. ClearCaps also uses state-of-the-art 3D software for planning and tracking of its cases.

When Jesse Bartels, founder of ClearCaps, was looking to expand ClearCaps’ fleet of 3D printers, he opted for Structo’s Mask Stereolithography (MSLA)-powered 3D printers.

“We always strive to be at the forefront of the latest technology to help us deliver superior treatment outcomes,“ explains Jesse. “To meet our high quality, high volume manufacturing requirements, we look for a printer that can deliver the throughput we require over time as we rapidly increase our production volumes. When we came across Structo’s impressive MSLA technology more than 2 years ago, we decided to get on board.“

Launched in 2017, Structo’s latest dental 3D printer, the DentaForm is capable of printing up to 10 clear aligner moulds in 30 minutes, thanks to its large-build volume measuring 200 x 150 mm and high print speeds. ClearCaps currently prints around 250 models every 24 hours, and plans to scale that up to expand their market reach.

“We want to make sure that we continue to help companies like ClearCaps deliver superior treatment outcomes by providing 3D printing solutions that are cost effective, easy to maintain and able to deliver the production volumes needed,“ said Dhruv Sahgal, Head of Business Development at Structo. “Working with leading aligner brands helps us understand the growing needs of aligner manufactures and helps Structo bring solutions to support those needs”.

Images credit: Structo

According to a new market research report published by MarketsandMarkets, the dental 3D printing market is expected to reach USD 5.06 billion by 2023 from an estimated USD 1.78 billion in 2018, at a CAGR of 23.2%. The key factors driving the growth of this market include high incidence of dental caries and other dental diseases, rising demand for cosmetic dentistry, adoption of dental 3D printers in hospitals and clinics etc. The clear aligner market has been expanding at a rapid pace. Seeing double digit growth annually, ClearCaps says it is “barely scratching the surface” with this technology.

“Looking at the way the industry is growing, we are projected for significant growth in the coming years. With the help of Structo, we will continue to deliver superior product offerings the market needs,“ adds Jesse.



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