3D Systems continues to expand its portfolio of Digital Dentistry applications with the introduction of an optimized workflow for 3D printing orthodontic models. At LMT Lab Day Chicago 2020, the company unveiled a new digital manufacturing solution for high precision vertical stacked printing of orthodontic models.
Integrating the company’s renowned NextDent® 5100 3D printer, NextDent Model 2.0 material and a proprietary, high precision stacked build available in 3D Sprint®, dental labs and clinics can produce 30 orthodontic models in one print – with the potential to deliver 120 models in an 8 hour period (dependent on size and geometry). Employing this unparalleled solution results in increased productivity while reducing resource consumption including materials and labor.
The catalyst for this solution is 3D Systems’ 3D Sprint software designed to prepare and optimize CAD data and then manage the additive manufacturing process. The new auto-stacking feature provides one-click automated preparation and placement of models on the build plate – including smart nesting and proprietary support structures – that yield models with high precision, reduced material consumption and easy break-off supports. This feature is now generally available for all NextDent 5100 users.
This innovation follows closely on the heels of the company announcing 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for its NextDent® Denture 3D+, biocompatible denture material. Producing a denture using NextDent Denture 3D+ for the base, and NextDent C&B MFH for the teeth on the NextDent 5100 results in a final denture that is 90% less expensive to produce in 75% less time than dentures created using analog methods.