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 the 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
Fast and Cost Effective Production
3D printing dental models must be efficient, fast, and reliable. With the Form 2, print large builds overnight and smaller, faster builds during the day to reduce labor needs and maximize output. As production needs evolve, scale up without spending tens of thousands of dollars for each additional unit.
|Print Capacity and Speed||Form 2|
|6 to 7 Clear Aligner Models||3 h 28 min|
|Maximum Number of Arches per Build||Up to 20|
|Arches Printed in an 8-Hour Working Day and Overnight Build||34|
Low Cost, Fast Return on Investment
Before bringing new technology into your dental practice or laboratory it's important to do your financial due diligence. Printing orthodontic models on the Form 2 is affordable and requires less labor than other 3D printers.
|Clear Aligner Treatment With 10 Steps||$60—$90|
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 aligner
One Printer, Many Dental Indications
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