Inside Dental Technology
ProJet 1200 Printer from Whip Mix
Time to move into printing your burnout patterns
> The digital segment of the dental industry is evolving at an unprecedented speed, and Whip Mix is proud to be one of the forward-thinking companies leading it into the future. The company has established itself as a source for milling machines, materials, and services and now offers laboratories the chance to print their own burnout patterns.
It is generally agreed that additive manufacturing is the wave of the future due to the speed at which it creates multiple objects through sequential layering, its ability to produce fine detail, and its accuracy. 3D System’s new ProJet 1200 printer, now available from Whip Mix, is able to produce 10 to 12 burnout patterns for pressing ceramics or casting alloy within approximately 1 hour of build time. It does this through stereolithography (SLA). The unit successively prints thin layers of an ultraviolet light-curable material when a concentrated beam of ultraviolet light is focused onto its surface. The light beam polymerizes the liquid layer, the table moves down several microns, fresh liquid resin fills the space, the next layer is polymerized, and the process continues in order to create the final shape.
How Can This Technology Help You?
The ProJet 1200 3D Printer eliminates the labor of waxing each individual unit by hand. Not only does it save on the cost of labor, but it eliminates the problems sometimes associated with handmade patterns. In conjunction with CAD software, thin areas can be avoided, complex occlusal schemes can be easily replicated, and bridge connectors are made the proper size. The final product is not only dimensionally accurate, but detail rich as well.
One of the first things you notice about the ProJet 1200 printer is its size. It’s actually smaller than most coffeemakers and would easily fit on any laboratory bench. It also features an integrated light-curing compartment. This micro-SLA printer delivers excellent surface smoothness. The unit prints 30-µ layers at a 585-dpi resolution, resulting in very high detail.
The software is built into the printer, eliminating the need to spend additional money on expensive third-party CAM software. The Windows-based operating system offers a network connection through a LAN port or a direct computer connection using a USB port. Simply set up the printer, plug it into an electrical source, and send an STL file. The software automatically nests the pattern files and optimizes the location of the supports. Alternatively, the technician can customize these.
After the Accurate Resin Patterns
Whip Mix’s Formula 1 for the ProJet 1200 allows the laboratory to save time by using a rapid burnout technique. It pours easily, goes right into the preheated muffle, and is divested quickly and cleanly. It provides the widest expansion range and the best surface qualities of any investment available. It’s perfect for this material.
There are many good reasons to buy the amazing ProJet 1200 Printer from Whip Mix. Here are three more:
It’s only $4,900 (plus material, service fees).
You want your laboratory to save money, increase production, and ensure consistency.
Whip Mix will help you set it up (remotely), ensure that it’s working properly, and give you incomparable technical and customer support.
Isn’t it time for you to move up to additive technology?
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