Direct Metal 3D Printing Benefits Dental Lab

Direct Metal 3D Printing Brings Growth Benefits to MicroDent Dental LabMichal

LabMichal Hermanek, founder and owner of MicroDent, the largest dental lab and dental CAD/CAM services supplier in the Czechia and Slovakia regions, believes that 3D Systems’ metal 3D printers allowed his company to grow faster than he could ever have anticipated.

“CNC milling of metals like chrome cobalt was just too wasteful, too slow,” said Hermanek. “Even several years ago, metal 3D printing was the way to go in terms of productivity, quality and economics. Just imagine how things have improved since then.”

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Five years ago, Hermanek founded his dental businesses based on joining two worlds: traditional dentistry and digital solutions. As a tech-savvy graduate and member of a family of dentists, he immediately saw the potential between the developing dental CAD software solutions and scanning. Soon after, the idea of 3D printing became a target for him and his teams. As the company grew, Hermaneck started researching direct metal sintering (DMS) systems. Having created a small 3D dental bridge model,

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Direct Metal printed dental prosthesis
is created rapidly and very accurately in
the ProJet 100 dental printing system..

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The majority of MicroDent’s work is creating dental bridges that will be affixed in a patient’s mouth as a replacement for missing teeth. These bridges have to be highly accurate and resistant to deformation. The team at the lab receives 3D scan data of a patient’s mouth and processes the data to create a design of the pontic (the replacement for a missing tooth) and the two crowns on either side of the pontic, which affix over remaining teeth as an anchor. With small parts such as teeth, and to ensure a comfortable perfect fit, these designs are highly accurate and need to be manufactured very precisely.Once the design is ready, the data is uploaded to the printer, which can build as many as 115 elements in either metal or ceramic in a single build. As the ProX 100 is a fast system, the dental elements are completed in a few hours and are ready to be removed. Technicians carefully remove supports, buff the surface finish and prepare the elements for a three-hour fire.

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Dental bridges are created directly from
the dental scan and design work by the lab team.

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Metal dental pieces are taken from the
ProJet 100 dental printer to have supports
removed. Then they can have the surfaces
finished so they’re ready for use

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Finished dental bridges and parts are
ready for immediate installation.

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