The Next Big Thing in Digital Dentistry
In-office dental 3D printing helps improve the efficiency of forward-thinking practices all over the world. By leveraging existing technologies that exist in digital dentistry, 3D printing enables better responsiveness to patient needs, significantly reduces manufacturing times, and opens up new treatment options. With low operating costs, minimal maintenance, and user-friendly design, SprintRay products make it easy to bring digital dentistry and 3D printing together in your practice.
Digital Dentistry and 3D Printing
Broadly speaking, digital dentistry is understood as a set of technologies for digitally capturing and manipulating patient impressions. It also involves a state of mind, a curiosity for and willingness to invest time and money in new methods. For those who don’t mind upsetting the status quo, digital dentistry provides workflow flexibility, exciting new technologies, and a superior patient experience.
The 21st Century Digital Dentist
Existing Digital Technology
- Intraoral/ bench top scanner
- Dental CAD software
- Cone beam scanner (optional)
- In-office milling machine (optional)
- SprintRay Pro 3D printer
- SprintRay Pro Cure Post-processing
- RayWare Pro CAD software
- Dedicated support for when things don’t go to plan
Integrating The 3D Printing Workflow
Implementing 3D printing into the dental practice has never been easier. Digital dentistry technologies such as intraoral scanners and dental CAD software easily integrate with SprintRay products thanks to the universally-accepted .STL file format for 3D models. Once you’ve left the messy impression trays and stone dental models behind, you’ll wonder how you ever lived without in-office 3D printing.
In-office Treatment Design
Partner Treatment Design
3D Printing Technologies in Digital Dentistry
Digital dentistry is largely served by a type of 3D printers that fall under the umbrella term stereolithography. These printers use light to cure photosensitive, liquid resin. Broadly speaking, there are three ways to deliver that light, each with its own advantages and drawbacks.
DLP ProjectorProjector-based Stereolithography
The technology used in DLP 3D printers is the descendant of what you might find projecting your home theater system. Projecting in a wide arc that reaches the entire resin vat at once, DLP printers are low maintenance, accurate, and very fast, making them perfect for digital dentistry.
LCD PanelMasking-based Stereolithography
The 30-Minute 3D Printing Workflow
Here’s why DLP is right for digital dentistry.
While the ability to produce dental appliances in-office is revolutionary to digital dentistry, the speed of an individual 3D printer can make a substantial difference. A practical way to measure the outcome of this speed is to measure its output via the 30-minute test, which shows both the on-demand printing speed as well as the overall throughput of the printer. Because of its bespoke DLP projector, SprintRay Pro can produce a full platform of dental arches in around 25 minutes.
Laser-SLA printers use a pin-dot of light to cure photopolymer resin. While this results in clean surface finish, laser printers experience extremely slow print speeds, making it unacceptable for the needs of digitial dentistry.