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Today, there are numerous 3D printing options with advertised prices under $10k in the dental market. These may seem like a good option, especially as entry models, for a low-cost investment into 3D printing for your office, but is that truly the case when your professional reputation is associated with the quality of appliances your office is producing? Besides, cost is only one factor. Build accuracy, speed, capacity, printer durability / reliability, as well as variety and quality of available materials are additional factors that should be considered by any office looking to incorporate a 3D printer into their digital workflow.
In order of importance, here are some of the critical areas where these low cost machines fall short:
At a price of under $20k (as of Feb 2020), the EnvisionOne is one of the most advanced 3D printers on the market with a model specifically designed for dental applications, and several benefits in all aforementioned areas vs. dental SLA/DLP printers.
The Key to EnvisionOne's Superiority is its cDLM technology
Before we breakdown the specific advantages the Envision One cDLM printer boasts over its competitors, it is important to discuss the key technology that gives Envision One its competitive edge: cDLM (Continuous Digital Light Manufacturing). This technology is exclusively available from EnvisionTEC and introduces many advantages to 3D printing:
DLP (Digital Light Processing) and SLA (Stereolithography) 3D printers struggle to build objects with big, flat surfaces due to separation forces. To combat this, manufacturers of these printers recommend hollowing the components in CAD software and angling them on the build platform to reduce surface area and the effect of separation forces that lead to parts collapsing and falling into the resin tank. There are a couple of issues with this solution:
EnvisionTEC's EnvisionOne handles this challenge a bit differently:
EnvisionOne makes 3D Printing a truly one-visit, chair side solution for the first time ever. Let's see how it compares in speed to a couple of other well known 3D printing options:
Average time to build 6 orthodontic models
When 3D printing everything flat, cDLM technology allows you to service a customer in under 15 minutes.
Because cDLM technology allows for building big, flat surfaces with zero separation forces, the accuracy is much better than any other system on the market today, allowing for:
The real difference between 385nm and 405nm in 3D printing…
Some Key Metrics to Compare EnvisionOne cDLM with Competition: