REHOVOT, Israel, October 3, 2011 /PRNewswire/ --
Objet 3D Printer Digitizes Dentistry for Albensi Labs
It's easy to think that perfectly restored teeth should simply be "a perfect set of pearly whites". After all, aren't all teeth bright white and regularly shaped? Far from it. In fact, creating precise dental restorations that look and fit like natural teeth is particularly challenging. But, in the past few years it has become easier, due to the use of digital technologies - primarily digital scanning, processing software and 3D printing (view video).
Albensi Laboratories, a leading dental laboratory located near Pittsburgh, PA, was among the first to recognize that 3D printing could enable it to produce high-quality restorations in significantly less time. In December 2010, it started using an Objet Eden350V 3D Printer to print models based on digital dental impressions created from intra-oral scans of patients' mouths.
Accurate dental models in less than half the time
The move to digital dentistry, with Objet 3D printing, has enabled Albensi to improve the accuracy and quality of its dental restorations. An additional advantage of digital dentistry has enabled the laboratory to take on more business, without adding staff.
Albensi now provides its customers with precise, true-fit restorations in 2-3 days, instead of 5-7 days. Instead of laborously pouring models by hand, Albensi now sets its Objet Eden350V 3D Printer to print models overnight, unattended.
Don R. Albensi, C.D.T., the owner of Albensi Laboratories, says that using the Objet 3D printer has transformed the lab workflow and it has brought similarly dramatic benefits to the lab's customers. "Now, prior to the patient coming in, the dentist can examine the die and check the marginal integrity of the case as well as the contacts, which are two major areas that dentists have to deal with when fitting restorations," says Albensi. "It normally took about 5 to 7 days to produce a restoration. We've developed it now to a digital workflow that we can create restorations within 2 to 3 days…The first model printed I'll never forget… I was amazed at the quality."
About Albensi Laboratories
At Albensi Laboratories, we believe that the success of practice requires that every case be done right. The patient's satisfaction and dental health are the common interest that makes teamwork essential.
Albensi Laboratories is known for its superior craftsmanship, open communications, exceptional customer care, on-time deliveries and the latest technology available. It is managed by Mr. Don Albensi, a Pennsylvania State University and Median School graduate who began his career in dental technology in 1977 working as a ceramist. In 1979, Mr. Albensi opened Albensi Laboratories in Pittsburgh, serving the Western Pennsylvania area. This full service laboratory now services doctors across the United States and prides itself on being at the forefront of CAD/CAM technology. http://www.albensilab.com.
Objet Ltd., is a leading provider of high quality, cost effective inkjet-based 3D printing systems and materials. A global company, Objet has offices in North America, Europe, Japan, China, Hong Kong, and India.
Objet's 3D printing systems and 3D printing materials are ideal for any company involved in the manufacture or design of physical products using 3D software or other 3D content. Companies using Objet's solutions can be typically found in sectors such as consumer goods & electronics, aerospace & defense, automotive, education, dental, medical and medical devices, architecture, industrial machinery, footwear, sporting goods, toys and service bureaus.
Founded in 1998, the company has thousands of customers worldwide including a substantial share of the relevant Fortune 100 and Fortune 500. Its award-winning technology (12 awards in 5 years) is based upon over 110 patents and patent pending inventions.
Objet's advanced 3D printing systems and range of over 60 materials enable professionals to build prototypes that accurately simulate the true look, feel and function of an end-product, even complex, assembled goods. The Objet Connex™ line of multi-material 3D printers features the world's only technology to simultaneously jet 2 materials. With this, users can print many different materials into a single part and print various mixed parts on the same build tray. Users can also create advanced composite materials, or Digital Materials™ featuring unique mechanical and thermal properties. Objet's range of over 60 3D printing materials simulate properties ranging from rigid to rubber-like, transparent to opaque and standard to ABS-grade engineering plastics, with a large number of in-between shore grades and shades.
Objet's 3D printers are available in a range of form-factors, from cost-effective desktop 3D printers ideal for entry-level professionals all the way to industrial-scale multi-material machines for front-line designers and top manufacturers. Objet's 3D printers feature the industry's highest-resolution 3D printing quality, based on 16-micron (0.0006 in.) super-thin layering, wide material versatility, office friendliness and ease of operation.
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