3D printing has made inroads as a standard manufacturing process in many industries, including medical devices and dentistry. In the dental industry, 3D printing offers a flexible, on-demand alternative for manufacturing many dental products that would typically require significant manual labor. Dental offices now have the opportunity to reinvent their workflow, expedite treatment, and quickly deliver products to patients by bringing 3D printing into the office.
LuxCreo’s specialized 3D printers and dental resins provide an easy-to-learn and easy-to-use system for dental manufacturing that is designed with a production-first mindset and an intuitive workflow. LuxCreo’s 3D printers work well in a high-throughput production environment and the ease of use makes them accessible and effortless to bring into an office for chairside applications. 3D printing solutions from LuxCreo offer dental practitioners a faster way to deliver treatment.
Workflow for Orthodontic and Dental Practices
Dental practitioners using a 3D printing solution onsite can implement a simplified workflow that eliminates many manual processes involved in dental manufacturing. This new workflow can translate into lower costs and faster delivery of treatment compared to outsourcing. The simplified workflow would be as follows:
Scan: Users take an intraoral scan of the patient’s mouth and store it as a digital file. They then convert the scan into a solid model using an .STL file and may choose to add supports to orient the model correctly. Multiple models can also be placed in the build area for batch printing.
Print: After selecting the appropriate resin, the user sends the model files directly to the printer, and the 3D printing machine prints the devices. After printing, the user removes the models from the build area and trims any support structures.
Wash and cure: Lastly, the user quickly washes, cures, and trims the appliance before providing it to the patient. The gloveless process steps are completed in minutes and elevate patient satisfaction with same-day service, reduces follow-up visits for fit adjustment, and frees up time for dental offices to see more patients.
The simplified workflow has much fewer steps than in traditional dental manufacturing.
Advanced printers, like the specialized dental 3D printers from LuxCreo, streamline the workflow and support a gloveless process. In addition, a bundled software suite makes the integrated solution extremely easy to use, meaning staff requires less training than other 3D printers on the market. Eliminating manual processes and minimizing training, dental offices can save time and costs.
LuxCreo’s 3D Printers, Dental Resins, and Software
LuxCreo offers a comprehensive and integrated dental solution of 3D printers, advanced dental resins, and a software bundle to help dental professionals bring 3D printing into their practice. The major advantage of LuxCreo’s system over competitors is the intuitive machine interface, bundled software package, and high-performing resins that are designed to work together, saving time as simplifying digital dentistry to deliver with the highest accuracy and production speed.
Dental 3D Printers
LuxCreo’s 3D printers use a patented LEAP process in the DLP system, providing the highest accuracy to produce dental devices with the most comfortable fit for patients. The Lux 3+ 3D printers are built for high throughput and large batch printing of dental appliances. The IiLux and iLux Pro desktop printers are designed for lower volume production at dental offices. LuxCreo’s bundled software package makes the printers the easiest to use on the market, while reducing post-processing steps and delivering the speed and accuracy for same-day turnaround time for dental appliances.
3D Printing Software
LuxFlow Dental helps dental offices navigate the 3D printing process. With an intuitive interface, users optimize the placement and orientation of solid models on the build platform to ensure maximum accuracy. Supports are generated automatically by the software, allowing high throughput printing in any orientation.
LuxAlign Dental creates aligners, retainers, and night guards from scan/dental models in less than four minutes. Users can configure aligner thickness, gap, and other parameters. LuxAlign Dental generates the final clear aligner model within minutes and is ready for printing in the LuxCreo dental printers.