When it comes to reliability and quality in the desktop 3D printer world, few can do it better than the Form 2, the unique SLA printer from the Massachusetts-based company Formlabs. Last week, at Inside 3D Printing New York, I sat down and talked to Formlabs engineer Ian Ferguson about what the company calls “the most advanced desktop 3D printer ever created”. Yesterday, Formlabs backed this statement up— and surely made quite a few dentist smile— when they announced their latest resin, Dental SG. The certified resin is their first biocompatible Class 1 material engineered for the Form 2, and will allow dental professionals to 3D print surgical guides at a quick and affordable rate.
The Dental SG is specially designed for high-precision drill guides, using digital scan data to prepare for implant surgeries. There are a number of other dental applications for the new biocompatible resin, including educational models, bleaching trays, retainers, aligners, and more. Formlabs isn’t just dumping off the resin to customers and bidding them a farewell, they’re also prepared to educate these professionals on why their technology is suited for them. To help inform potential customers on the digital solutions that the Form 2 can offer, Formlabs is providing an informative report on “Digital Implantology with Desktop 3D Printing”, which includes details on the following:
• Advantages of CAD/CAM surgical guides
• Clinical case using the Form 2
• Dimensional tolerances of Dental SG Resin
• Recommendations for incorporating desktop 3D printing into your workflow
For those looking to get a more hands-on experience with the uses of the Dental SG, Dr. Michael Scherer will be holding a workshop in Mountain View, California, where he will use his Form 2 to showcase the workflow and benefits of the new dental-driven resin. Dr. Scherer’s workshop will go over every step of the process, including intraoral scanning, software modeling, and 3D printing dental models and surgical guides. Part of what puts Formlabs ahead of the pack, especially with SLA desktop 3D printing, is certainly the informative and hands-on support they supply alongside the Form 2 and their materials.
Aside from the Dental SG, Formlabs has also announced that they’ve improved formulations for their Clear, Black, Flexible, and Tough resins. Their materials, which already provided exceptional results prior to the enhancement, are engineered to provide an optimized rapid prototyping experience. Formlabs has also just launched their Materials Manager, which will allow Form 2 users to track their resin consumption and tank usage, as well as easily switch between resins. Both the Dental SG resin and the newly formulated prototyping resins prove that Formlabs is intent on keeping their customers smiling, and the Form 2 ahead of the pack.