The Objet30 OrthoDesk provides big capability—and a small footprint [VIDEO]

October 21, 2013
Ryan Hamm

Issue 7

The manufacturing world is increasingly turning to 3D printing in an effort to meet the fast pace of today’s competitive marketplace. By answering industry production challenges, lab owners can save costs and move more quickly to digital production.

The manufacturing world is increasingly turning to 3D printing in an effort to meet the fast pace of today’s competitive marketplace. By answering industry production challenges, lab owners can save costs and move more quickly to digital production.

To meet this demand, Stratasys has released the new generation of Objet30 OrthoDesk, part of the Objet Eden™ line of systems. Objet30 OrthoDesk is specially designed for small- to medium-sized labs and clinics. It is reportedly compact, affordable and easy-to-use. With patented PolyJet 3D Printing technology, it offers all of the advantages of a 3D printer in a package created to work with labs of any size.

Within the Objet30 OrthoDesk, the PolyJet jetting head slides back and forth along the X-axis, similar to a line printer, depositing a single, super-thin layer of polymer onto the build tray. After building each layer, UV bulbs alongside the jetting bridge emit UV light, immediately curing and hardening each layer. This step eliminates the additional post curing required by other technologies.

SEE HOW ONE LAB IS USING THE OBJET30 ORTHODESK TO HELP THEIR WORKFLOW:

Avi Cohen, Director of Global Dental at Stratasys, elaborates: “The internal jetting tray moves down with extreme precision and the jet heads continue building, layer by layer, until the model is complete. Sophisticated software tools enable all heads to work in perfect harmony and superb accuracy, to synchronously jet identical amounts of materials on the tray. This results in a perfectly even and smooth surface. Two different materials are used for building: one for the actual model-the VeroDent material, and another gel-like material for support. The geometry of the support structure is pre-programmed to cope with complicated geometries, such as cavities, overhangs, undercuts, delicate features and thin-walled sections.”

Stratasys’ goal with the Objet30 OrthoDesk is that any lab can fabricate stone models, appliances, delivery and positioning trays, models for clear aligners, retainers and surgical guides-right on the benchtop. Stratasys says the advancements in their Objet30 OrthoDesk sets a new standard in 3D Printers.

Information provided by Stratasys. This tech brief orginally appeared in Dental Lab Products magazine. To get more articles like this, click here to subscribe: http://bit.ly/18S8j4i