Concept Laser, the pioneer of LaserCUSING, offers the Mlab cusing 200R for dental technology for the additive manufacturing of patient-specific implants, bridges and crowns.
The Mlab cusing 200R has an ergonomic design featuring a space-saving footprint and an intuitively designed display. It delivers high surface quality and fine part structures. In comparison to the Mlab cusing R, the “big brother” makes it possible to manufacture even larger components with greater productivity, without the machine losing any of its familiar compactness.
Compared to the previous model, the larger version features an extended build space now measuring 100 x 100 x 100 mm³ (x, y, z), which means the build volume is increased by 54%. Three different build envelopes are generally available to the user: 100 x 100 x 100 mm³ (x, y, z), 70 x 70 x 80 mm³ (x, y, z) and 50 x 50 x 80 mm³ (x, y, z). The first version makes it possible to manufacture large components, for example, multiple-link bridge structures or superstructures. The doubling of the power of the fiber laser to 200 watts delivers maximum productivity along with a high build rate. Another new feature is a clamping system which enables more accurate component positioning.
New filter concept, high safety standards and modular structure
In addition, the new Mlab cusing 200R has a larger filter, which reduces downtime. Special features are the water-floodable filter and the modular structure of the machine. The process chamber and handling section are physically separate and enable safe and easy part handling. For this purpose, a handling station for loading and unloading the machine is docked so that the build module can be transferred easily using a drawer principle. The handling station is then inertized. The operator accesses the station using gloves to carry out the loading process or to remove parts. After the end of the process, the build module is “pulled” back into the machine and the handling station is undocked.
The concept of the closed system was a must-have for the Mlab cusing 200R: All process steps take place under inert gas, shielded from external influences. The whole process can be implemented safely. This is also guaranteed by the machine’s design in accordance with ATEX directives for safe processing of reactive materials such as titanium and titanium alloys. For the Mlab cusing 200R, Concept Laser now also offers the option of the new, inertized sieving station QM Powder S as a stand-alone unit. The user can apply a variable number of sieves (1 – 3 units). A three-dimensional sieving motion enables optimum utilization of the sieve surface area.
Outlook for the dental industry
The additive metal laser melting process is used to manufacture dental products such as crowns, caps, model castings and secondary structures economically. The main materials used are cobalt-chrome, titanium or precious metal alloys. On account of the standard production process, unique products for specific patients or small batches can be manufactured with a consistently high level of quality. The opportunities for dental laboratories to enhance the value they offer lie in the reproducibility, the high level of quality, the precision fit, the high output of dental structures with attractive unit costs and their rapid availability. This technology enables dental laboratories to develop a specialized business into a printing center.