Roland DG Corporation has announced the release of its first dental 3D printer, the DWP-80S, to assist in the production of dentures. With the announcement, Roland DG now offers the dental industry both additive (3D printing) and subtractive (milling) manufacturing processes to improve the workflow of dental technicians.
According to Kohei Tanabe, Roland DG's general manager of medical market development, denture production is still mostly carried out manually and requires an advanced level of skill. "Dental labs are seeking a more efficient, flexible digital solution to expedite the production of denture applications to accommodate the increasing demand from patients and clinics," he said. To meet those demands, Roland DG developed the DWP-80S 3D printer to streamline the denture fabrication process.
The DWP-80S uses a proprietary projector lens to cure resin materials with UV-LED light. Bundled with the DWP-80S, new Quick Denta software provides a remarkably simple solution for the 3D printing of custom trays, base plates and frameworks. Using the easy-to-follow workflow wizard with pre-configured parameters, applications required for dentures can be printed in three simple steps, eliminating the need for time-consuming learning or editing time. The DWP-80S analyses the precision and fit required to choose the ideal number and layout of support points while adjusting for material shrinkage factors. The 80mm square work area is ideal for simultaneous printing of multiple units (Up to approximately 3 custom trays, 4 base plates or 4 frameworks).
"The DWP-80S 3D printer expands the field of digital dentistry with advanced 3D printing technology, while the DWX-52DC mill introduces a new level of automation for the production of dental restorations," Mr Tanabe said. "Together, the machines share the common mission of DGSHAPE, our new 3D business brand, to make life better through innovation with digital technologies that bring ideas to life, revolutionise business processes and shape a better future. We believe that our products combined with our extensive customer support will continue to revolutionise fabrication processes in the dental market," he added, "while creating a more comfortable working environment."
About Roland DG Corporation
Roland DG Corporation is a leading manufacturer of products designed to help professionals transform their imagination into reality including SOLJET, TrueVIS, VersaCAMM, VersaUV and Texart series large-format inkjet devices, MDX milling and EGX engraving machines, CAMM-1 and STIKA vinyl cutters and MPX photo impact printers. In 2010, the company entered the healthcare market with DWX milling machines designed specifically for creating high-quality dental prosthetics. Roland DG also recently introduced a series of desktop 3D printers. The company uses its proprietary cell production technology to manufacture products that are distributed worldwide.