Additive manufacturing (AM) offers manufacturers an option to create custom designs with optimal accuracy, which makes it a natural fit for dental applications. When dental labs decide to implement an additive solution, they can remove labor-intensive traditional molding processes that require a lot of time and energy to produce. Instead, they can use additive and have a digitized method to rapidly-produce dental models, surgical guides, splints, mouth guards, dentures, and more.
This technology allows dentists to create custom models faster than before, but traditional post-printing methods can create bottlenecks and prevent an additive operation from scaling. Traditional methods use isopropyl alcohol (IPA) baths to clean the dental model, which can be dangerous for technicians and warp the models. This slows down the overall workflow and creates bottlenecks that can obstruct efficiencies.