The future of 3D printing for digital laboratories is now

PrograPrint PR5 is a 3D printer for use in dental technology and forms part of the PrograPrint system.( Image: Ivoclar Vivadent)
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SCHAAN, Liechtenstein: Ivoclar Vivadent has announced that PrograPrint, its new 3D printing system for dental technology is now available. The system can be quickly implemented into existing work processes and intensifies the digital orientation of dental laboratories. The working steps are intuitive and the results reproducible and highly precise.

The PrograPrint system extends the existing Ivoclar Digital portfolio by adding a new manufacturing technique―3D printing. It is integrated into a validated workflow consisting of software, materials and suitable devices for printing, cleaning and post-curing. With an innovative cartridge system, PrograPrint Cartridge, ProgaPrint enables easy and clean material handling. The material is contained in the cartridge ready for printing, which can also be used for material storage. The fill level in the material tray is automatically controlled by a valve. In addition, handling is simplified due to the automatic material recognition and intuitive operation via touchscreen.

The light-curing ProArt Print materials (model, splint and wax) enable the production of opaque and finely detailed implant models or models for the fabrication of vacuum-formed splints, transparent splints and drilling templates as well as objects which can be burned-out without residue for the production of press ceramic restorations. The special properties of the ProArt Print materials are based on Ivoclar Vivadent's many years of experience and allow high-quality results to be achieved.

The PrograPrint PR5 3D printer produces highly precise printed results thanks to the specially developed Light Engine. Calibration is automatic and ensures a consistent level of light intensity. This means, the degree of precision can be achieved consistently across the entire build platform. With the DLP (Digital Light Processing), the 3D printer has a high resolution of 4 million pixels on a build platform size of 125 × 78 mm. The resulting pixel size of 49 μm with layer thicknesses from 50 to 100 μm produces highly accurate printed objects.

High processing reliability and reproducible results are key advantages of a validated workflow. The printing procedure begins with the design of the objects, continues over printing and cleaning and then ends with the post-curing process. All under one roof. These high demands on quality and biocompatibility are especially important when objects are printed, which are to be inserted into the patient's mouth. The optimized working steps enable efficient and economical production. They have been reduced to the most necessary manual steps, which are easy to learn.