Back at CES this year, we talked with 3D printer maker Formlabs about its early experimentation in using its printers to make dentures faster and more affordably than existing alternatives. A few months later, the company is going deep on the concept.
They’re releasing a 3D printer meant specifically for dental use, opening up a whole new wing called “Formlabs Dental”, and acquiring their main resin supplier in order to better make materials for the dental industry.
Unfamiliar with Formlabs?
The main thing to know is that their printers use Stereolithography (SLA) rather than the Fused Deposition Modeling (or FDM) that most people probably think of when it comes to 3d printing; in other words, they use carefully aimed UV lasers to precisely harden an otherwise goopy resin into whatever you want to print, whereas FDM printers heat up a solid material until its malleable and then push it […]
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