At Germany’s International Dental Show this week, Stratasys unveiled a brand new 3D printer that uses multiple materials at once to create eerily realistic dental models in a single print run.
How realistic are we talking here?
Well, simply look at the teeth model pictured above which was printed by the new Stratasys printer, called the Objet260 Dental Selection 3D Printer.
The 3D Dental Printer is very impressive and features 16-micron accuracy and a triple-jet system allowing it to easily create gums, bones, nerves, and teeth. However, it is bulky in size.
While it being so large would probably deter a consumer from buying the machine, the goal of the Objet260 Dental Selection 3D Printer was never to be a consumer-friendly product, so it doesn’t matter.
In fact, it was specifically designed for applications in dental and orthodontic offices that need to be able to test dental appliances without having access to the actual patient.
The most impressive part of the new printer from Stratasys is the fact that the material responsible for mimicking the gums of a person are soft and flexible, allowing implants, bridges, and crowns to be precisely tested before being installed in a real patient’s mouth.