3D Print Patterns for Dental Casting and Pressing

Produce highly accurate patterns for crowns and bridges, copings and substructures, and removable partial denture frames (RPDs) in-house, at the lowest cost per part in the industry.

Casting and pressing restorations have been standard practice for decades, but many dental labs have been unable to integrate them into digital workflows due to the high cost and complexity of existing CNC and 3D printing solutions. 3D printing patterns on the Form 2 SLA 3D printer combines the best of both worlds and empowers dental labs to produce highly accurate patterns, with a consistent and reliable digital workflow and easy to use machinery.


The Digital Workflow for Pressing and Casting Crowns, Bridges, and RPDs


1. Scan

Collect patient anatomy digitally using an intraoral scanner, or scan a physical model or impression using a desktop scanner.


Castable Dental Design
2. Design

Import the scan data into CAD software and design the desired restorations.


3. 3D Print

Import the 3D models into PreForm software for print preparation and send them easily to the Formlabs printer.


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4. Prepare

Wash and dry printed parts with ease using Form Wash. Castable Wax parts do not require post-curing.


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5. Cast or Press

Remove unwanted supports, invest, burnout, and cast or press your restoration following your regular workflow.


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6. Finish

Finish restorations and prepare them for delivery.


3D Printing Patterns for Casting and Pressing With the Form 2


High Accuracy

The digital workflow and 3D printing on the Form 2 guarantee a consistent and reliable workflow and end product. Tested at length by dental technicians, Castable Wax 3D printed patterns provide an accurate fit to the prep or abutment with sealed margins.

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Dental Castable Build Platform

Lowest Cost Per Part and Equipment Cost

CNC milling and 3D printing solutions to create patterns for casting and pressing are often costly and difficult to use. The Form 2 offers the best cost per part in the industry and a low barrier to entry for any dental business.


Form 2 PrintingCost Per Part
Full Contour Crowns and Copings$0.25 - 0.50
3 Unit Bridges$0.50 - 1
Maxillary RPD$3 - 5


A Quick, Reliable Workflow for Production

Formlabs Castable Wax Resin contains 20% wax for reliable casting with clean, fast (1-hour) burnout, and no post-cure required, making it just as easy to work with as traditional wax. Combined with the large build volume of the Form 2, this allows dental labs to produce a significant amount of patterns with a simple workflow. Remaining print capacity can be used for other indications, like models or occlusal guards.


Form 2 PrintingParts Per BuildTime
Full Contour Crowns and Copings1009 h 34 min
3 Unit Bridges7010 h 50 min
Maxillary RPD77 h 28 min



Dental Castable Parts

What Our Customers Say About Working With the Form 2


Stephan Kreimer

“Castable Wax Resin fits seamlessly into my existing workflow and complements my milling machine perfectly. It allows me to print removable partial denture patterns for casting or even crown and bridge patterns for pressing. The material burns out cleanly and is easy to work with.”


Webinar: New Castable Wax Resin for Dental: Efficient, Cost-Effective Production


Dental Castable Webinar

Watch this webinar to see how Formlabs Castable Wax Resin, tested and developed by dental technicians to meet strict requirements for marginal fit and clean burnout, can help your dental lab scale production of fixed restorations in-house.

Watch the recording to learn:

  • How to make substantial efficiency gains while continuing to produce high quality traditional restorations in-house
  • How 3D printing on the Form 2 makes 3D printing patterns as easy and cost-effective as possible
  • Why it makes business sense to introduce digital workflows now
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Additional Resources

Explore Formlabs dental resources for in-depth guides. step-by-step tutorials, white papers, webinars, and more.

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One Printer, Many Dental Indications

The Form 2 enables cost-effective, mass-customized digital production of a wide range of dental products.

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Control Your Digital Future With Formlabs Dental 3D Printers

The Form 3 Complete Package includes everything you need to bring high precision 3D printing into your dental lab or dental office.

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