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3D Systems to Launch Dental Lab System

By DE Editors

3D Systems Corporation (Rock Hill, SC) plans to unveil its ProJetT DP 3000 3-D Production System, a 3D printer that manufactures precision wax-ups for dental professionals, at LMT’s Lab Day Chicago exhibition at the Sheraton Chicago Hotel & Towers on Saturday, February 23, 2008.

The user of the ProJetT DP Production System scans a model, designs a virtual wax-up using 3-D software, then sends the data to the ProJetT Production System to "print" wax-ups in layers; the system can generate hundreds of units each cycle. Built in VisiJetT DP 200 Material, the wax-ups have a smooth surface finish and can be cast or pressed with conventional techniques. The specially formulated material for dental applications is virtually ash-free and can be used with traditional laboratory waxes.

The printer’s large build volume and optional part stacking and nesting capabilities enable unattended operation ideal for high-volume production. The open architecture allows file transfer from any open scanner on or off site. Current material applications include full cast crowns, bridges, partial frameworks and full contour units to be pressed over metal and zirconia copings. This allows small, medium and large sized labs to stay competitive in today’s ever-changing market environment. Other potential applications include the rapid production of surgical guides and models.

The ProJetT DP Production System will be available to customers in the U.S. beginning in March 2008.

In earlier news, 3D Systems announced that American Precision Prototyping (APP; Tulsa, OK) of Tulsa, Oklahoma, has added a ViperT Pro SLA System to its fleet of 3D Systems’ large-part manufacturing systems, adding advanced Stereolithography capabilities to its fleet.

Contact 3D Systems Corporation for details.

Sources: Press materials received from the company and additional information gleaned from the company’s website.

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