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Lately 3D printing and the dental industry go together like peanut butter and jelly-and with strides being made one after another for 3D printing technology and materials in areas like dentures, different orthodontics, surgical procedures and implants, you can be assured with innovations for the dental field, your dentist will be working to ensure you can enjoy those peanut butter and jelly crackers, sandwiches and much more exciting fare for a long time to come-as well as pleasing us all with your dazzling smile.
EnvisionTEC just announced the release of a new product called E-Appliance, a 3D printing material used for making orthodontic models that reportedly provides durability, strength and choices for the customer. E-Appliance is a nano-filled resin material that is meant to work with both EnvisionTEC’s Perfactory DLP and 3SP 3D printers, which are made specifically for dentists.
This new 3D printing material works very well for making orthodontic appliances with polyvinyl alcohol based-separators and tin foil substitute for a “salt-and-pepper technique” of producing an orthodontic appliance. 3D printed models constructed with E-Appliance are promised to be manufactured with quality detail, precision and an excellent finish. This is combined with a surface that according to EnvisionTEC,"‘accepts a wide range of separator mediums for perfect removal of the finished appliance from the model."
With the use of CAD software, 3D printing and a wide range of applications available to the dental industry, it’s a changing business that means upgraded dental health for patients due to affordability, better quality all-around and efficient labs that can operate more independently and rapidly. EnvisionTEC products work with 3Shape, Dental Wings or any other design software product.