This is a guest contribution by Egor Driagin, Chief Marketing Officer at Top 3D Shop
Structo, Singapore-based dental 3D printer manufacturer partners with Ulab, a U.S.-based orthodontic treatment planning software developer to modernize the production of clear dental aligners. The two companies announced their partnership focused on supplying various segments of the market with their new dentistry solutions.
In the framework of the new project, Structo’s DentaForm 3D printer will be used together with the uLab uDesign treatment planning software to create aligner models. The 3D printer will become a part of the uLab’s uPrint ecosystem.
Joe Breeland, chief commercial officer at uLab commented: “DentaForm’s high throughput capabilities of printing up to 10 arches in 30 minutes is exactly what existing uLab customers need to help them with their in-office aligner manufacturing.”
The companies’ cooperation will also include working on additional solutions, such as Structo’s Velox desktop 3D printer and Structo Elements, a modular 3D printing system capable of printing up to 500 models per day.
“Our teams will also collaborate on new products that will involve the rest of our portfolio,” said a chief commercial officer at Structo, Dhruv Sahgal. “On top of our Velox desktop 3D printer, another exciting new solution that we are working on is an aligner specific module for our Elements automated and modular factory in a box.”
Structo introduced its first dental 3D printers back in 2014 – they were intended for building patient-specific devices and dental models. Structo’s proprietary technology MSLA (Mask Stereolithography) allows to print much faster than other SLA 3D printers. One of the key partners of the company is ClearCaps, a German clear dental aligner manufacturer. Last year, ClearCaps managed to produce 250 models per day with the DentaForm system.
The new joint project involves the integration of the DentaForm system into the uLab platform that allows dentists to create digital models based on intraoral 3D digital scans of the patients. uLab allows orthodontists to quickly design treatment plans for aligners and create dental movement plans. The resulting 3D digital model can be exported directly to 3D printers in dental practitioner’s office. Since the software’s launch in summer of 2018, it was utilized in treatment of over 13,000 dental patients.
Structo DentaForm is the seventh 3D printer integrated into the uLab platform. Others include Carbon M2; the Objet 500 and 260VS Dental selection from Stratasys; the Formlabs Form 2 and Vida and Micro XL from EnvisionTec.
According to Hugo da Silva, VP of Additive Manufacturing at DSM, “From the high-performance demands of automotive and aerospace industries to the durability and flexibility requirements of consumer goods, customers worldwide rely on Solos materials to create the highest-performing additive manufacturing prototypes and tools. Stratasys’ entrance into the stereolithography segment is really a game-changer for the industry. Our collaboration allows customers to have greater access and flexibility for development of durable and reliable prototypes and tooling using stereolithography 3D printing.”
3D Printed Footwear industry 2019-2029. According to the researcher forecasts,” the 3D printed footwear industry to grow into an overall $5.9 billion revenue opportunity, making footwear arguably the single most relevant consumer vertical for 3D printing and representing 1.5% of overall global footwear revenues by 2029.
Key firms in this segment include 3ntr, 3D Systems, 3DTi, Adidas, Carbon, Crocs, EOS, Brooks Running, Anta, Aetrex ECCO, Feetz, Kings 3D, New Balance, Nike, OESH Shoes, Phits, Prodways, RESA, Scientifeet, SOLS Systems, Stratasys, Superfeet, Under Armour, Union Tech, Voxel8, Wiivv, Zoles and several more”.
According to Stratasys,”an industrial 3D printer at a price that brings professional 3D printing to the masses. Introducing the powerfully reliable F120, the newest addition to the Stratasys F123 Series. We’re bringing our industrial expertise to transform the 3D printing game. Print up to 3 times faster. Quality. Uninterrupted and accurate results.Holds 4 times more material.The Stratasys F123 Series and its engineering-grade materials came out on top”.
According to Stratasys Eckhart,” is a leader in Industry 4.0 innovation, providing advanced solutions that streamline the harsh manufacturing environment. Eckhart provides solutions to some of the largest manufacturers in the world, designing tools, equipment, and automation that improve the life of the people tasked with running the line”.
According to Stratasys, “A look at a range of 3D printed parts printed on the Stratasys J750 rapid prototyping 3D printing solution, the world’s only full color and a multi-material 3D printer. Featuring Digital ABS Plus, a tough, engineering grade material, Agilus 30, an enhanced rubber-like material with excellent surface finish and elongation at break, and VeroFlex, a new eyewear solution material combining the optimal rigidity and durability for eyewear drop testing and full-color design validation”.
According to Stratasys, “ULA optimizes their rockets by replacing metal components with lightweight thermoplastic parts manufactured additively. From prototypes and mock-ups to rocket launches ULA’s use of 3D printing has grown exponentially”.
According to Proto3000, “Increase your capacity and fuel business growth by embracing digital dentistry. Based on PolyJet technology, Dental Series 3D Printers deliver smooth surfaces and lifelike details in materials specially engineered for dental and orthodontic use. You can accurately 3D print surgical guides, veneer try-ins, stone models and a range of orthodontic appliances using 3D data from oral scans and CAD designs. Stratasys 3D printers are ideal for printing precise and detailed surgical guides to improve your organization’s efficiency and workflow”.
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According to Stratasys, “next few months this machine will be available in the market”.
According to the Veterans Affairs Center for Innovation (VACI),” recently launched the first nationwide medical 3D printing network through a collaboration with Stratasys, one of the largest manufacturers of 3D printers globally. As part of this effort, five 3D printers donated by Stratasys were installed in VA hospitals across the country, including Albuquerque, Boston, Orlando, San Antonio and Seattle”.
Veterans throughout the nation.
According to Garrett Grindle, a research scientist for HERL, says, “3D printing allows us an almost unlimited ability to customize the parts we need—because anything we can draw upon a computer, it can print out!””It’s really hard to make these devices in small quantities. 3D printing allows us to do that,” he tells us. Grindle also said that 3D printers make it easier to create contoured devices than current manufacturing techniques can. He cited a contoured joystick created by a HERL associate to fit the associate’s own hand and help him control his powered wheelchair. We want people to look at what people are using and say, ‘Wow! ‘That gear is as cool as a new cell phone. We’re doing this to get new technology into the hands of Veterans quickly’.
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