Glidewell Laboratories, Newport Beach, Calif., a provider of dental laboratory services to North America, announced its latest collaboration with Objet Geometries Ltd., Rehovot, Israel, an innovation leader of 3-Dimensional printing systems. Objet provided Glidewell with the ability to manufacturer custom printed models and other precision dental parts using the Eden™ 3-D Printing Systems. Objet and Glidewell have long held a collaborative relationship for implementing Objet’s ultra-thin layer, high-resolution 3-D printing systems on the laboratory production floor. Objet’s printed parts were extensively tested and evaluated by Glidewell Laboratories. After comprehensive testing by its 66-person R&D team, the printed parts for production were approved and qualified.
“Objet is delighted that a leading U.S. dental laboratory such as Glidewell Laboratories has chosen this dental solution to improve its manufacturing processes,” said Avi Cohen – Head of Medical Solutions at Objet. “We both believe that, in order to redefine the dental laboratory industry, we must implement the leading 3-D Printing technology to provide highly accurate and excellent quality models and parts at an affordable cost.”
“Glidewell Laboratories has made great strides in case-to-case consistency using Objet’s 3-D Printing systems to manufacture dental models for its dentist customers that use intra-oral digital scanners like Cadent iTero, Lava COS and Glidewell’s own IOS system,” said Grant Bullis, Director of CAD/CAM Engineering. “With Objet’s technology in-house, we are able to improve our existing processes to not only ensure highly accurate models but also mass-produce them at a faster rate than other printing systems.”
Objet’s 3-D printing solution is an advance for dental technology. Dentists and dental laboratories electronically submit their cases to Glidewell Laboratories, and the patterns and models are designed and printed. This new process also reduces shipping costs and improves turnaround time.