Implementing Additive Manufacturing to Unlock the Future of Dental
Great Lakes Dental Technologies is one of North America's largest orthodontic laboratories and offers 4,000+ products and services. Ten years ago they added additive manufacturing to their lineup. 3D printers have been fully, and successfully, integrated into their workflow until it came to the post-printing step.
The dental appliances they print are all on a case-by-case basis so no two are identical. These are all customized to the patient with bio-compatible material and include numerous crevices that can be difficult to post-print and remove excess powder and support from which can, in turn, affect comfort and function. They also were creating dental aligners that are custom, but need a completely smooth exterior which can only be achieved through surface finishing. This means Great Lakes Dental needed two different post-processing techniques.
Rather than wasting time and money on two different solutions, Great Lakes Dental focused on a single, all-encompassing one. The PostProcess RADOR is a 2-in-1 solution, automating both their powder removal and surface finishing needs. Combining software intelligence, hardware and advanced vibratory technology, RADOR is able to ensure they are delivering superior products to their patients and also provide a slew of other benefits to the company.
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- PostProcess RADOR surface finish solution
- SRF technology
- 3D printing and post-processing dental applications
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