It’s easy to claim something is a transformative technology without really offering any proof for that claim. The term has become almost as much of a buzz word as “game changer” and its ilk. Additive manufacturing (AM) is proving itself to be truly transformative, across multiple industries, with its combination of speed, accuracy and flexibility.
One easy proof is the rapid change AM is making in the dental industry. In the place of labs where much of the work of creating dental prosthetics and modeling is done by hand with potentially hazardous materials, AM offers dentists a clean workplace environment where prosthetics or models can be created in batches with less waste and at a quicker pace.
“Stratasys continues to make digital orthodontics happen, one lab and clinic at a time,” said Avi Cohen, director of Global Dental at Stratasys. “We are excited to launch the Objet30 OrthoDesk and bring the most accurate 3D printing technology to all the smaller labs and clinics who want to benefit from the future of orthodontics, today.”
With the launch of the Objet OrthoDesk, Stratasys is not only offering orthodontists the power of AM, but is also reducing time lost to shipping by creating a system that can produce models in the office. The OrthoDesk also increases office space by reducing the need to store physical models by maintaining a digital library of CAD files.
The new system has an 82.5 x 62 x 59 cm (32.28 x 24.4 x 23.22 in) footprint and weighs 93 kg (205 lbs). It offers a tray size of 300 x 200 x 100 mm (11.81 x 7.87 x 3.94 in), with a horizontal layer thickness of 28μ. Build resolution is 600 x 600 x 900 dpi (X, Y, Z), and the MED690 material comes in sealed 4×1 kg (2.2 Ibs) cartridges.
Also of note is the OrthoDesk is the first offering from the newly merged Stratasys/Objet, which continues forward under the Stratasys name.
Below you’ll find a short video about the OrthoDesk.