EnvisionTec previews dental 3D printer

EnvisionTec is to launch a new high-speed 3D printer, the Vida cDLM, which is aimed at the dental market. It will be previewed today at LMT Lab Day in Chicago.
This will the second machine from EnvisionTec to use its patented Continuous Digital Light Manufacturing (cDLM) technology, which allows for accurate, high-speed 3D printing with fewer supports. This makes for easier cleanup and 3D printing of castable partial frameworks with delicate clasps.
The new model follows on from the existing Vida, which was launched back in 2015. It has the same build size as the original at 3.78 x 2.13 x 3.94 inches, but is said to be faster. It has an XY resolution of 50 microns and a Z resolution range of 25-150 microns, depending on material.
The dental market is clearly worth getting in to. According to EnvisionTec, sales of 3D printers to the dental industry grew 75% in 2016 over the prior year. EnvisionTec has also credited the original Vida cDLM machine with helping to improve its sales – up 29 percent in 2016 over 2015.
EnvisionTec will also showcase a new 3D printing material at the LMT Lab Day event. E-Model is said to be a highly accurate and durable resin that has been in development for more than a year. It is suitable for creating models for thermoformed aligners as well as crown and bridge models. It will work with the Vida cDLM as well as larger 3D printers such as the Vector 3SP, which does not require consumable parts.
EnvisionTec has also recently announced three other materials for the dental market. E-Dent 400 is meant for the direct printing of temporary crowns, bridges and roundhouses. E-Gum creates flexible gingiva masks for integration into 3D printed dental models. E-Guard is an FDA-approved biocompatible crystal clear material for direct production of accurate night guards, bite splints and retainers.
The new Vida cDLM will be available from the second quarter of this year, but only in limited quantities, with a full roll-out planned for later this year.


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