Stratasys and 3Shape collaborate

Stratasys and 3Shape have developed a new automated 3D printing colour workflow using 3Shape’s Dental System software and the Stratasys J5 DentaJet 3D printer. 

The idea is that dental labs will use an intraoral scanner together with 3Shape’s software to capture both colour and geometric information of a patient’s mouth. This data can then be imported into the Stratasys J5 DentaJet in order to 3D print accurate and personalized full-colour dental models.

Rune Fisker, 3Shape senior vice president for Product Strategy, explained: “In dentistry, detailed attention to aesthetics is critical, but accurately matching tooth colour in particular is tricky and time-consuming.” He added: “For the first time, we’re automating that entire workflow for customers using 3Shape and the J5 DentaJet printer. Dental labs will be able to easily harness the full capabilities of the only dental printer able to create highly realistic replicas of the patient’s mouth from a TRIOS scan.”

The J5 DentaJet 3D printer can print large mixed batches of dental parts – including implant models, surgical guides and gingiva masks – at the same time on the same tray. It uses PolyJet technology which allows for geometric accuracy and precision that’s suitable for dental applications and can produce full-colour results including realistic monolithic full-colour dental parts.

The 3Shape Dental System allows for a seamless connection between dental practices and dental labs. The latest software version 2022.1 now includes support for the open 3MF file standard, capturing both geometry and colour information from the intraoral scans. 

3MF is an increasingly popular open-source file format published by the 3MF Consortium. It includes all model information in one package, even down to voxel level control of the interior and metadata of the model. Stratasys claims to be the only company offering a Pantone-Validated full colour, multi-material 3D printer that can take full advantage of the 3MF format’s capabilities.

Ron Ellenbogen, Stratasys Director of Dental Products, noted: “The darker colour of a tooth stump and the translucency of a crown make colour matching with the rest of a patient’s teeth a real challenge.” He continued: “Adding 3MF support into the 3Shape Dental System lets our customer harness the colour capabilities of Stratasys PolyJet 3D printers to easily match a restoration’s true colour. This new turnkey colour workflow is an important step in expanding the colour applications available on the J5 DentaJet platform.”

You can find more information on the J5 and other 3D printers for the dental market from



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