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Bring on that Smile – Vibrant and Precise Orthodontics with Raise3D Printing

Mar 17, 2018

 

Dental Applications Using Raise3D

Laboratoire Ortho34

 

Frédéric Lapeyre, the founder of Laboratoire Ortho 34, is an innovator when it comes to orthodontics. Based in France, this lab is equipped with a Raise3D printer to aid with their wide range of care in the dental field.

Traditional dental casts require the creation of a mold within the patient’s mouth. This process is typically very messy, costly, and lengthy.

However, with their Raise3D printer, Laboratiore Ortho 34 can offer dental 3D prints in plastic materials as opposed to the traditionally plaster-casted dental impressions. This results in a more accurate piece with a high-quality vibrant and white finish.

 

3d printed dental model

3D printed dental models in Raise3D PLA.

 

“There was a learning curve as I never used a 3D printer before. But I can say now, that as of today, the results are accurate and reliable.  I’m really happy with my RAISE3D N1 and N2 because the size of the build volume is perfect for the dental prints I’m creating.  I also love the double extrusion possibility and the quality of the RAISE3D filament I’m using – easy to print and with a great finish.

Frédéric Lapeyre, Founder of Laboratoire Ortho 34

 

By applying 3D printing, the company can produce 3D printed dental models with the Raise3D printer, materials, and software. This results in:

1. Increased accuracy by using digitally scanned data.

2. Eliminating manufacturing time by creating an automated process with the printer’s 24/7 operation.

 

 

3d dental models being printed

Dental models in the print process.

 

 

Beginning the Process

 

 

For Laboratoire Ortho 34, orthodontists send Laboratoire a 3D file obtained with an intraoral scan that captures optical impressions directly from the patient presented as “virtual” models.  These STL files are then created using Raise3Ds ideaMaker slicing software for setup with the printers. The finished prints are then sent back to the orthodontist.

 

 

pla printed dental model

PLA filament being used for dental prints on the Raise3D printers.

 

 

Challenges with Traditional Dental Modeling

 

 

The traditional dental process involves first creating a mold of the patient’s mouth. With the use of alginate, a rubber-like mold making material, a negative mold is made to capture the details of the teeth. After setting, this material hardens and can be removed from the mouth. Investment, a plaster-like material, is then poured into these molds to create a positive model of the teeth.

This process is very involved for both the dentist and the patient. The materials used make this process both messy and expensive. Additionally, creating the negatives, allowing the materials to harden, and cleaning the plaster models makes this a lengthy process.

 

“I can say I’m glad with the purchase I made for my two RAISE3D printers.”

Frédéric Lapeyre, Founder of Laboratoire Ortho 34

 

 

3D Printing Solution

 

 

By adopting 3D dental model printing, the process is less involved for the patient and the orthodontist, overall creating a more pleasant experience and saving the manufacturing time required. While the traditional process involved a lot of hands-on time for the dentist, Raise3D printers are able to run autonomously and can continue to produce overnight without supervision.
Additionally, errors due to imperfections in the molding process are eliminated with the accuracy and precision of the printer and the 3D scanned data.