Stratasys Ltd. introduced a new 3D printer that gives dental labs 3D printing efficiency paired with PolyJet’s realism and precision. The J5 DentaJet 3D printer is a multi-material dental 3D printer that enables technicians to load mixed trays of dental parts. The 3D printer can produce at least five times more dental parts on a single mixed tray than competitive 3D printers, yet its compact footprint consumes only 4.6 sq. ft (0.43m2) of floor space.
Dental labs must produce several parts in multiple materials for either removable partial denture (RPD) applications or dental implant cases. For example, each implant case comprises a top and bottom rigid opaque model, a soft gingiva mask, and a biocompatible surgical guide. This requires three different materials, forcing technicians to either use multiple 3D printers or do separate 3D prints using different materials. The J5 DentaJet easily handles up to five materials, including support material.
The multicolor, multi-material J5 DentaJet also produces 3D-printed case presentations with realism previously possible using time-consuming wax models. Now, designs can be produced digitally in a few hours. The high resolution of PolyJet materials means dentists can seat crowns and bridges in minutes due to the accuracy of the models – to 18.75 microns, or less than half the width of a human hair.
NEO Lab is a family-owned orthodontic lab in Andover, Mass. The company has been beta-testing the J5 DentaJet with its 120 employees as they serve 3,000 orthodontic and dental clinics across the country. CEO and Co-Owner Christian Saurman said they were interested in using the system to get a better-quality finish, but it’s also helped them efficiently handle large part volumes. “We produce 600 orthodontic appliances every day,” he said. “The DentaJet 3D printer is easy to use, can produce a lot of models in a single print, and we don’t spend much time post-processing the models after they come out of the machine. Our models go from printer to production floor faster than ever.”
Motor City Lab Works, a full-service orthodontics lab in Birmingham, Mich., has also been beta testing the J5 DentaJet. Dr. John Dumas, an orthodontist and CEO of Motor City Lab Works, has been impressed by the high-level of accuracy and high volume the machine can produce. “As an orthodontist we really need highly accurate models to ensure patient appliances are the best fit. We needed a printer that could accommodate the combination of a larger build tray for high volume plus produce higher resolution models. The J5 DentaJet provides us with both luxuries in one machine.”
According to Stratasys estimates, the total addressable segment for dental 3D printing is about $1 billion. With a growing array of 3D printing technologies, from polymerization to stereolithography, Stratasys can be a complete 3D printing provider for its customers, matching the right technology to the right application. The J5 DentaJet is now ideal for customers needing to produce high volumes of realistic, highly accurate models.
The J5 DentaJet is launching with a full range of resins tailored to meet the needs of the dental industry. Available biocompatible resins include a clear resin, VeroGlaze opaque white for temporary in-mouth placement, and a clear and flexible resin. In addition, Separator digital material automatically coats models to make it much easier to separate the acrylic device from the model and remove wax and residue. Other available resins include VeroDent PureWhite, and CMY resins for color.
The J5 DentaJet 3D printer is available now.