Thermoforming Clear Aligners and Retainers With 3D Printed Models
Produce Clear Aligners and Retainers at Scale, Powered by Formlabs
The clear aligner and retainer market is now a mature and rapidly growing field in orthodontics. With the most recent technological advancements in CAD software and 3D printing, now any lab or practice can add this valuable service with little initial investment and produce aligners and retainers in-house.
The Workflow for Making Clear Aligners and Retainers
Collect patient anatomy digitally using an intraoral scanner, or scan a physical model or impression using a desktop scanner.
Import the scan data into CAD software, where tooth movements are planned or brackets are virtually removed.
The now created 3D models are brought into the PreForm software and sent easily to the Formlabs printer.
Wash, dry, and post-cure printed parts using Form Wash and Form Cure.
Thermoform the clear aligners or retainers over the 3D printed models.
6. Polish and Finish
Smooth rough edges, remove burrs, and polish the aligner to shine before the final quality control.
3D Printing Models for Thermoformed Appliances With the Form 2
What Our Customers Say About Working With the Form 2
“The Form 2 is very reliable; we call it a workhorse. We know when we go home at night that when we come in in the morning, everything will be printed. There's not going to be a failure; everything will be there. Because of that, we can build our business around them” – Sean Thompson, Adv.Prosth/Adv.Orth./DIP.PS.(dist) M.P.T. M.M.U./L.O.T.A., founder and director at Ashford Orthodontics
Webinar: How to Create Clear Aligners In Your Practice with 3D Printing
Rick Ferguson DMD, DABOI/ID, DICOI, an educator in implant dentistry of 20 years, and Formlabs dental product manager Sam Wainwright walk through the full production workflow including the software, tools, and proper materials needed to create dental aligners in your own office.
Watch the recording to learn:
- Dr. Ferguson’s workflows, tips, and advice on creating clear aligners
- Overview of digital impression systems and CAD software on the market today
- Return on investment calculations for 3D printing and thermoforming clear aligners
One Printer, Many Dental Indications
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