“The introduction of 3D printing to our operations has revolutionized the way we work,” says Hugo Patrao, head of R&D and manager of NimroDENTAL’s 3D printing department. “We have a better workflow, higher productivity and can produce products that look more professional. In fact, the benefits of 3D printing go far beyond the models themselves.” Patrao cites several advantages from the dental materials, including a higher level of contrast than the traditional plaster models. That makes it easier for patients to see how the orthodontic device works and looks. “Models with moving parts fit precisely and this helps dentists explain what is being done, and how the final result will function,” says Patrao. “Better communication with patients made possible with 3D printed models has had a real, positive impact on patient satisfaction,” adds Tal.
Cleaner, Faster Production
Apart from improved productivity, faster turnaround times and more accurate, detailed models, 3D printing offers dental laboratories and their customers many other advantages. Patrao comments that the office-friendly printer size makes them cleaner and easier to use than plaster models. “They are also less labor-intensive and we can set them to print overnight, which is an enormous benefit to turnaround times and productivity. “Our 3D printing technology needs to be reliable,” he adds. “Reliability is a critical factor, and our 3D printers deliver day in, day out.”