3D Printing Now Available for Every Lab
Until recently, additive technology has been available to labs, however problems such as poor ROI, accuracy, dependability and high materials costs have kept most away. Like all technologies, the price of 3D printers is plummeting. That said, will an $800 printer provide what we need? Not yet, but there is now a printer priced well below $10k that will provide amazing value to any lab. The FormLabs, Form 2 is dependable and comes with very reasonable, competitive materials pricing. This printer looks like the real deal for so many dental applications. We have been running one at my lab for nearly a year with no problems. It just keeps on printing and making us money every day.
Indications: There are many, we are now printing surgical guides, wax patterns for pressing and casting, QC models for crown and bridge, bite splints and temps. The printer is also great for orthodontic models and ortho appliances. In addition, I spent some time with a Formlabs engineering this week and there are some very exciting new indications that will likely launch later this year. I can easily imagine a lineup of these printers loaded with different materials for different indications in the lab.
Training and Support: As always, training and support can be obtained through the CAP tech support network. This group has helped bring so many new products to our market and this one is anticipated to be a market best solution for 2017. Training is quite simple, especially if you already do CAD and CAM for milling.
To learn more, watch our on-demand webinar, Unlock the Power of 3D Printing in Your Lab, here.