Overcoming typical industry challenges takes a streamlined approach, something traditional methods can’t offer. For Vulcan, incorporating 3D printers into its workflow means it can meet demand with speed and accuracy. But, without a dedicated 3D printer, Vulcan regularly outsourced production of printed patient models and diagnostic waxups, extending turnaround by as much as two weeks. Plus, design changes couldn’t be incorporated swiftly due to the dependence on outside processing, and excessive costs associated with improved delivery. 3D printed substitutes for gypsum models and prosthetic prototypes proved less technique-sensitive, more accurate and cost-effective for Vulcan.
Vulcan can now promise dental restorations in 24 hours with help from its 3D printer and advanced digital software, and even deliver same-day results in some cases.
“The Stratasys 3D printer is our most reliable piece of equipment, and is a critical component to working successfully with clinicians at the front lines of digital dentistry,” said Boris Simmonds, director of technology development at Vulcan. Vulcan uses the 3D printer to produce all of its dental models, splints and surgical guides. “Even though we run the 3D printer nearly nonstop, we have not had a single down day.”
Vulcan found advantages with an Objet260 Dental Selection 3D printer because of its speed, multi-material options, reliability, accuracy and quiet operation over conventional processes and other 3D printers. Repeatability and ease of use was enhanced by efficient support material that didn’t compromise print quality.