The new flagship of the digital dentistry world – the Objet260 Dental Selection 3D Printer – is premiering tomorrow at the International Dental Show in Cologne, Germany.
Now dental and orthodontic labs can produce ultra-realistic dental models with multiple materials and colors in a single print. The Objet260 Dental Selection 3D Printer is based on Stratasys’ unique triple-jetting technology to significantly improve both precision and efficiency. It supports all Stratasys dental materials plus an array of dental-specific material palettes to produce life-like colors and textures for teeth and gums.
We sat down for an interview with Avi Cohen, Stratasys director of Global Dental, and gained some interesting insights on what the Objet260 Dental Selection brings to mid-to large-sized dental and orthodontic labs.
Galit: How does the new Objet260 Dental Selection 3D Printer benefit dental and orthodontic labs?
Avi: There is a lot of focus on intra-oral color scanning these days. Stratasys’ ability to produce ultra-realistic dental models with multiple materials and colors in a single print is taking digital dentistry to the next level.
The business benefits for lab owners are many: virtually any kind of dental model can be 3D printed to create realistic visualization of the complete oral situation, accurately and consistently. With these 3D printed models, errors are not only reduced but can be mostly avoided. The results are not only more precise but the colorful, easy to understand models increase lab customer and patient satisfaction.
Additionally, being able to produce a variety of unique, custom dental models with multiple materials on one tray, in one unattended print job, means that the digital workflow can be streamlined to reduce equipment costs, save valuable time, boost labs scale of operations and improve competitive edge.
Galit: Can you tell us a little bit more about the types of applications possible with the Objet260 Dental Selection 3D Printer?
Avi: The Objet260 Dental Selection 3D Printer can have a significant role in implant testing, with 3D printed dental models that mimic the look and feel of real gingiva for accurate functional evaluation, as well as dental models with gum-like features or a mix of rigid and gum-like components. It can also produce a mix of rigid veneers of different dental shades for customized color matching.
These capabilities directly contribute to far better accuracy for the dental practitioners who can see every detail on the dental model. It also provides better understanding for the patient. In other words, labs can 3D print surgical guides directly from CBCT scan data, with high-definition tooth, root and nerve-canal anatomy rendered in contrasting materials to help prevent dental nerve injury.
Galit: Do you have any customer feedback yet?
Avi: The Objet260 Dental Selection has already been installed at a few customers. It is delivering impressive results at Austria-based 3DMedical Print. They use it with their intra-oral color scanner to produce 3D printed gingiva masks and models that closely resemble the actual teeth and gum. Initial feedback from their customers which include dental technicians, dentists and surgeons, has been very positive.
Galit: And finally, can you discuss the challenges that lab owners face today?
Avi: When you think about it, dental professionals have the same objectives that all businesses do – increase profitability, improve the customer experience, and be better than the competition. In today’s dental environment, success does not come easy. Procedures are becoming increasingly complex and expensive and they do not always deliver the desired customer experience.
In my view, to succeed labs need to move beyond traditional methods and shift to the latest advancements in dental methodology. Intra-oral color scanners are becoming increasingly wide spread and 3D printing technology is part of the solution. The new versatile Objet260 Dental Selection 3D Printer is part of this end-to-end digital dentistry workflow. It improves labs day-to-day activities, by providing a more realistic perspective to support dental treatment, broaden the range of applications and increase their scale of operation.
I feel that with the introduction of the Objet260 Dental Selection 3D Printer, Stratasys is definitely closing the loop in digital dentistry. For any dental or orthodontic lab looking for a competitive edge today and tomorrow, the Objet260 Dental Selection 3D should be at the top of their list.
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