Dental 3D Printers and Solutions

3D printing solutions enable dentists, orthodontists, and dental laboratories to realize the benefits of digital dentistry. Powerful, fast, and highly accurate, today’s 3D printers empower dental practitioners to create oral devices that perform better and are more cost-effective than those made with traditional methods.

LuxCreo’s dental solutions consist of three components: software, hardware, and materials. Designed to work together, the LuxCreo solutions make oral appliance production more efficient, intuitive, and successful. The LuxCreo holistic printing solution produces appliances with greater accuracy, industry-leading speed, and high strength and offers significant advantages to dental professionals. With industrial-grade printers, intuitive dental software, and a full suite of dental resins, the LuxCreo dental solution excels in creating devices for restorative, orthodontic, and dental modeling. The versatility and high performance of LuxCreo’s technology allow facilities to simplify dental production workflows for increased efficiency and output.

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Dental 3D Printers and Solutions that Align with Different Needs

LuxCreo offers various 3D printing solutions to meet the unique needs of different client segments. For dental, LuxCreo solutions can support larger dental labs as well as individual dental practices and orthodontic offices. Built to meet varying business requirements, such as differing output demand, LuxCreo provides application-specific dental printing solutions.

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3D Printing Solutions for Dental Labs: Dental labs are an essential outsourcing resource for smaller dental practices and orthodontic offices. Larger dental labs may partner with hundreds of clients at a time. To meet a substantial client base’s needs, labs need industrial-grade printers like the Lux3 Dental.

  • The Lux3 Dental is a large format printer that creates many parts in a single batch. Labs can use the Lux3 Dental to simultaneously print multiple crowns, aligners, bite splints, surgical guides, etc., to meet their order schedule more efficiently.

3D Printing Solutions for Dental Practices and Orthodontic Offices: Private dental and orthodontic practices can utilize iLuxPro Dental 3D printers to bring device production in-house. An in-house production model enables dental professionals to save money on shipping costs/lab fees and provide quicker service to their patients.

  • iLuxPro Desktop Dental: High-performance, fast desktop 3D printer that can print aligners, retainers, night guards, and bite splints. With LuxCreo’s dental resin, the iLuxPro can print clear and transparent dental products.
  • iLuxPro: Industry leading desktop printing speed makes in-house production fast and simple. iLuxPro can create the same appliances as Lux3 Dental but is more compact and economical to better serve private practice needs.
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3D Printing Solutions for Dental Practices and Orthodontic Offices: Private dental and orthodontic practices can utilize 3D printers to bring device production in-house. An in-house production model enables dental professionals to save money on shipping costs and lab fees and provide quicker service to their patients.

  • LuxaDent: Desktop dental 3D printer that makes in-house production simple. Luxadent can create the same appliances as Lux3 Dental but is more compact and economical to better serve private practice needs.

The Benefits of Dental 3D Printers and Solutions

Modern 3D printers allow dental professionals to fulfill the promise of digital dentistry. When 3D printers first hit the market in the 1990s, their large size and high cost prohibited access to most dental labs and practices. Now, advancements in 3D printing hardware and materials have made printers more accessible.

Labs and practices can gain benefits by integrating 3D printing into their operations:

Faster Speed

3D printers produce devices more quickly than other methods. Production of traditional dental models involves creating physical oral impressions, preparing and pouring plaster mixtures, waiting for models to harden, and performing careful finishing steps. Models can take hours to complete and artisanally crafted one at a time. LuxCreo printing solutions accelerate the process by digitizing the workflow and creating multiple, accurate models simultaneously.

Lux3 Dental can print up to 18 dental models in 35 minutes (<2min/model), iLuxPro Dental can print up to 16 dental models in less than 1.5 hours (<6min/model), and Luxadent can make up to 16 dental models in less than 2.5 hours (<10min/model). The turnaround time for Lux3 Dental, iLuxPro, and Luxadent is faster than traditional methods as well as other 3D printing technologies. For instance, SLA and SLS can take over 20 hours to produce a restorative model— ten times slower than iLuxPro and Luxadent.

Workflow Optimization - More Efficient and Shorter Cycles Times

LuxCreo’s dental printing solutions are optimized to make workflows as efficient and intuitive as possible. The comprehensive solutions provide hardware, software, and resin material to create devices more quickly than other processes while meeting product performance requirements. Specific production steps for digital dentistry processes may differ based on the application and generally has the following workflow:

  1. Scan: Traditional methods for oral device production begin by creating a model of the patient’s mouth In a dental lab, digital scans are created from physical traditional manual impressions using a desktop optical scanner.

    With digital workflows, 3D intraoral scanners capture digital images of the patients’ mouths faster and more comfortably than making impressions in compound-filled trays.
  2. Design: The scan is turned into a digital model with LuxDental, LuxCreo’s dental 3D printing software. Simplifying model creation, LuxDental is used to generate dental models – creating margin lines and placing support structures. Once the digital model is made, the proper layer thickness is determined, and printing parameters are set, the design is exported to the printer for production.
  3. Print: The preparation of the printer is conducted by inserting the resin tank, the resin cartridge, and the build platform. The printer builds the device from the ground up in a precise manner, ensuring an accurate final product. LuxDental’s nesting function allows the printing of many dental devices in a single batch, increasing overall output.
  4. Prepare: After printing the dental device, post-processing steps are performed to make the product suitable for use. Depending on the device, post-processing may include a combination of support structure removal, washing, curing, and buffing.

With older 3D printing technologies, post-processing was time-consuming, especially for clear aligners, night guards, and retainer production. LuxCreo’s dental solution with advanced hardware, software, and resin material reduces the post-processing steps and time for a more efficient and faster workflow.

Reduced Post-Processing

LuxCreo’s 3D printing dental solutions produce oral devices that require significantly fewer post-processing steps than other 3D printing technologies. LuxCreo’s dental solutions can directly print clear appliances—reducing post-processing steps for clear aligners, retainers, and bite splints.

Labs traditionally produce aligners by thermoforming a plastic sheet over a dental model. Although thermoforming is effective, it is time-consuming, labor-intensive, and creates material waste from discarded molds and trimmed thermoplastic remnants.

Directly printed retainers and night guards with legacy 3D printing solutions require extensive printing time, washing, curing, grinding, and buffing—adding hours to production time.

LuxCreo’s dental production workflow improves the creation of aligners, retainers, and night guards. Lux3 Dental and iLuxPro Dental enable direct printing of highly accurate, clear aligners, retainers, and nightguards that require minimal post-processing. LuxCreo’s solutions can print 8 aligners, retainers, and night guards in 30 minutes delivering dental appliances quickly while requiring minimal space and no specialized heavy equipment. Alternative 3D printing and casting solutions require hours to produce, require specialized heavy lab equipment (wet and dry grinding and buffing), more post-processing steps, and specialized labor to deliver these dental appliances.

Supported Dental Products

LuxCreo’s 3D printing solutions for dental are capable of producing a variety of oral devices for restorative and orthodontic applications. Utilizing a suite of cutting-edge dental resins, the 3D printers produce products that have high strength, low shrinkage, good biocompatibility, and abrasion resistance.

LuxCreo’s dental applications include:

Dental Models

Dental models are used to study teeth anatomy, thermoform removable appliances, and create fixed restorations. LuxCreo’s dental modeling resin, DMR, offers high thermoforming resistance and leaves minimal residual resin on aligners, preserving clearness. DMR’s strong mechanical properties ensure dimensional accuracy for aligners, retainers, and bite splints production.

Clear Aligners

LuxCreo’s printing solutions can directly print clear aligners that require minimal post-processing steps. With the Lux3 Dental printing solution, dental labs and practices can produce eight aligners in a little over an hour using a four-step process:

  1. Print the aligners 
  2. Wash the aligners with LuxWash 
  3. Dry aligners
  4. UV cure the aligners using the LuxCure station Buff off any support structures from the aligners 

Other printing solutions can take hours or days to produce aligners with extensive labor steps. 

Retainers and Bite Splints

LuxCreo’s printing solutions can directly print bite splints,  retainers, and night guards. The bite splints are made with DNG, a biocompatible light-curing resin that offers high flexibility and toughness with minimal post-processing. DNG is uniquely engineered for clear 3D printing at high speeds to enable maximum throughput. 

Surgical Guides

Surgical guides protect patient’s mouths during surgery by accurately guiding the surgeon’s drill. For surgical guides to be effective, they must fit the patient’s anatomy and provide precise hole placements. LuxCreo’s powerful combination of software, hardware, and surgical guide resin, DSG, enables the production of guides with the required accuracy and flexural strength.

Mechanical Advantages to LuxCreo’s Dental 3D Printing Solutions

LuxCreo’s 3D printing dental solutions that combine software, hardware, and resin materials offer many advantages: 

Accuracy

Accuracy is essential to the viability of a dental appliance. If a crown doesn’t fit well to the patient or if a surgical guide doesn’t have appropriately placed drill holes, the entire device is rendered useless. 

LuxCreo’s printing solutions ensure precise device accuracy with:

  • Software: LuxDental gives techs the ability to control interior and exterior dimensions, enabling precise feature placements and a high degree of overall accuracy.
  • Hardware: Every LuxCreo machine prints at a high resolution, raising dimensional accuracy.
  • Materials: LuxCreo’s resins offer a high degree of shrinkage control and strong green properties, ensuring structural stability throughout the printing process and during post-processing. 

Speed

Production speed is an essential consideration for labs and private practices alike. Dental labs require high-speed printing to meet demanding quotas and ensure an amicable outsourcing relationship with clients. Private practices use high-speed in-house printing to provide better service to their patients and enable same-day aligner or crown production. 

LuxCreo’s printing solutions are capable of high speeds through the following qualities:

  • Software: LuxDent provides techs with the tools necessary to complete designs faster than other programs. Oral scan importation, model generation, batching, and slicing can be completed in minutes, streamlining the overall workflow.
  • Hardware: LuxCreo’s machines achieve high printing speeds, accuracy, and clarity through a unique combination of artificial intelligence, Light Enabled Additive Production (LEAP) technology, and LuxCreo’s proprietary resin systems. LEAP reduces adhesion force and uses high-power transmissions to create photoinitiation.
  • Materials: LuxCreo tunes its resins to the parameters set by the software and hardware. The parameter combination leads to faster printing speeds and possibly continuous printing in specific applications.

Strength

Appliance strength is essential for both production and usage. During post-processing, appliances must be strong enough to withstand washing without becoming distorted. Dental models must also be strong enough to withstand the temperature and pressure exerted during the thermoforming and cutting processes. Finally, appliances like dentures and night guards must be strong enough to hold up to the intended application’s rigorous demands.

LuxCreo’s printing solutions produce strong appliances through the following qualities:

  • Software: LuxDental offers automatic support generation and deep adjustment settings, allowing designers to create highly stable products.
  • Machine: The high accuracy of LuxCreo’s printers provides a way to create the most structurally stable devices possible. 
  • Material: LuxCreo’s dental materials feature industry-leading strength and stiffness. These attributes allow dental models to withstand thermoforming successfully and enable removable oral devices to remain functional for years.

Price Points (Total Cost of Ownership)

LuxCreo’s solutions provide customers with a lower total cost of ownership as compared to leading alternatives:

  • Software: LuxDental and LuxFlow, are included for free with each printer, while other solutions can charge up to $20,000 for an equivalent product. LuxDental provides designers with nesting abilities, CAD file importation, support structure generation, parameter adjustments (i.e., slicing, exposure time, light intensity, etc.), and model exportation over either LAN or wireless networks.
  • Machines: LuxaDent and Lux3 Dental, are faster and offer higher production throughput than competitors with leading dimensional accuracy. This unique combination of speed and accuracy is accomplished with a larger printer volume and build-area, thermal management system to enable fast printing of higher strength resins by reducing viscosity, and the latest high-resolution DLP and LCD technology. Consequently, LuxCreo’s hardware can produce more devices using less material than other solutions.
  • The suite of resin materials offers industry-leading strength and accuracy. Our resins’ strong mechanical properties minimize the risk of breaks, lower post-processing waste, and increase overall throughput, all of which allow users to decrease material usage and increase output without adding cost.

Dental 3D printers enable operations to improve their devices’ quality, shorten production time, and increase output capabilities. Between the power of LuxCreo’s hardware, the deep design capabilities of LuxDental software, and the industry-leading strength of our dental resin suite, LuxCreo’s printing solutions can aid dental enterprises of all sizes. 

To learn more about the benefits of dental 3D printers, our application-specific printing solutions and find out how they can benefit you visit our contact page or call (650) 336-0888.