Stratasys’ Objet 3D printers have long served orthodontic applications, and yesterday they continued their commitment to the industry with the launch of the Objet30 OrthoDesk. This new printer is designed especially for smaller orthodontic labs and clinics, making digital orthodontics now accessible for facilities of all sizes.
Digital orthodontics has replaced traditional orthodontic lab work for good reason. It digitizes the entire workflow, decreases production time, increases production capacity, eliminates physical impressions, does away with bulky model storage, and allows for the digital storage of models. And it gets all the dust out of the lab!
Those benefits were previously out of the reach of smaller facilities due to the high equipment cost. However, with technological advancement comes lower cost. The Objet30 OrthoDesk is affordable, easy-to-use and is small enough to sit on a desktop. It can be used to create stone models, orthodontic appliances, delivery and positioning trays, clear aligners, retainers and surgical guides. Each run can print as many as 20 models in it’s 300 x 200 x 100mm tray.
The Objet30 OrthoDesk technology is the same PolyJet technology larger Objet 3D orthodontic printers use, and for which have won numerous awards such as the Dental Advisor 2013 Top Innovative Equipment Award and the Dental Labs Products 2011 Readers Choice Award..
300 x 200 x 100 mm (11.81 x 7.87 x 3.94 in)
Layer Thickness (Z-axis):
Horizontal build layers down to 28 µm (0.0011 in)
X-axis: 600 dpi | Y-axis: 600 dpi | Z-axis: 900 dpi
Sealed 4×1 kg (2.2 Ibs) cartridges
82.5 x 62 x 59 cm (WxDxH) (32.28 x 24.4 x 23.22 in)
93 kg (205 lbs)
If things keep going the way they’re going (and they will, only faster), it might not be long before we’re printing our own clear aligners, like Invisalign, on our home 3D printers. I had Invisalign myself a few years ago, and while revolutionary, it’s not rocket science.