Formlabs announced three solutions for high-throughput production of dental models:
● The Fuse 1, a benchtop industrial selective laser sintering (SLS) printer that has been validated for orthodontic model production and will be shown for the first time at the International Dental Show (IDS)
● The upcoming reformulation of the popular Model Resin will double the speed of restorative model production on the company’s flagship dental stereolithography (SLA) printers, Form 3B and Form 3BL
● The validation of Form 3B, Form 3BL, and Fuse 1, by 3Shape for their Clear Aligner Enterprise solution
This suite of hardware, software, and material solutions for the dental industry enables Formlabs users to increase the speed of their dental model manufacturing while reducing costs.
Said Dávid Lakatos, Chief Product Officer at Formlabs, “Now with the Fuse 1’s validation for dental manufacturing we are expanding our dental offerings to our SLS line of printers and enabling greater speed, versatility, and affordability for our dental users.”
The Fuse 1 reduces costs and labor by enabling large dental manufacturers to produce more than 150 dental models for clear aligners in a single print. When compared to SLA costs, the Fuse 1 enables laboratories and clear aligner manufacturers to reduce the cost per part by 50%, while simultaneously increasing production volume. This enables more efficient model production.
With the reformulation of its Model Resin for the SLA platform of printers, Formlabs is enabling dental labs and practitioners to slash turnaround times and produce more models each day. The new formulation reduces print speed by 50% and overall work time, including post-processing, by 60%.
3Shape’s Clear Aligner Enterprise solution provides software to clear aligner manufacturers for treatment planning and digital production preparation. The dental scanning and software company has validated the interface between their digital workflow and the Form 3B, Form 3BL, and Fuse 1, confirming that they are suitable for clear aligner model production, demonstrating the value and quality Formlabs robust dental solutions bring to the industry. The Fuse 1 is the first SLS 3D printer validated by 3Shape for production of clear aligner models. Formlabs and 3Shape partnered previously to enable fabrication of surgical guides, splints, and more. This partnership continues both companies’ commitment to make workflows more efficient and drive forward the standard of care in orthodontics.