(March 15, 2012) - According to Stratasys estimates, the segmentable market for 3D printing dental applications is approximately $1 billion, and SmarTech Analysis' "Dental Additive Manufacturing 2021" report predicts that the dental additive manufacturing market will be hard hit in terms of revenue by After the COVID-19 epidemic outbreak in 2020, growth should resume in the coming year. So to meet the continued demand for 3D printed dental solutions, Stratasys has introduced its new multi-material J5 DentaJet 3D printer, which supports biocompatible resins and offers the precision and fidelity of PolyJet to help dental labs improve their 3D model printing efficiency.
Stratasys said its new multi-color J5 DentaJet, combined with the company's existing Objet30 Dental Prime, J700 and J720 dental printers, can make at least five times as many parts even on a hybrid tray covering only 4.6 sq. ft. of floor space. Even with such a small footprint, the 3D printer is still ideal for customers who want a large number of accurate dental models.
The new J5 DentaJet 3D printer can produce at least five times more dental parts on a single hybrid tray than competitive 3D printers
"Dental and orthodontic models have increasingly been 3D printed, but the process is still too manual and time-consuming. The J5 DentaJet combines a powerful combination of automation and accuracy to drive a fully digital transformation of dental modeling." Osnat Philipp, vice president of healthcare at Stratasys, said. "The system is largely unattended, and you can even make build trays with several different models using several different materials. It's a behemoth of productivity."
A major time-consuming application in the dental lab is the production of multiple components from different materials for dental implant cassettes or removable partial dentures (RPDs). For example, implant cassettes include soft gingival masks, top and bottom rigid opaque models, and biocompatible surgical guides, each of which is a different material. As a result, typically, technicians would have to complete separate prints using these different materials or use multiple 3D printers, but the J5 DentaJet can handle up to five materials, including supports, so that is now no longer an issue.
Speaking of materials, the new J5 DentaJet comes with a full range of biocompatible dental resins, including clear, soft, VeroGlaze Opaque White for temporary intraoral placement, VeroDent PureWhite, CMY resin for color, and clear resin. In addition, Separator digital materials automatically coat dental models to simplify the process of separating acrylic instruments from the model and then removing wax and residue.
Full-service orthodontic lab Motor City Lab Works, located in Michigan, has been a Beta tester for the new J5 DentaJet printer and has been impressed with the large number of photos it can print and the accuracy of the printer. "As an orthodontist, we really need highly accurate models to ensure the best fit for our patients' aligners. We needed a printer that could accommodate larger capacity trays of paper and produce higher resolution models at the same time. The J5 DentaJet gives us the luxury of both in one machine." explained Dr. John Dumas, orthodontist and CEO of the lab.
Beta testers at another Massachusetts-based, family-owned NEO Lab found the new J5 DentaJet to be a great convenience for its more than 100 employees who serve 3,000 dental and orthodontic practices nationwide. Not only does the printer help them handle large volumes of parts more efficiently, but it also provides better surface finishes. "We produce 600 orthodontic braces every day. The DentaJet 3D printer is easy to use, can print many models at once, and we don't have to spend a lot of time post-processing the models after they come out of the machine. Our models go from the printer to the production floor faster than ever before.
Stratasys' latest 3D printer for the dental market maximizes productivity in a smaller space
The multi-material, multi-color J5 DentaJet can also 3D print realistic case presentations, and these designs can be digitally produced in just a few hours, as opposed to traditional but time-consuming wax molds. Dentists can seat bridges and crowns in just a few minutes, thanks to the high-resolution PolyJet material that can achieve model accuracy of 18.75 microns.