Add a couple of new 3D printing resources to the list of those available to dental and industrial manufacturing professionals. Structo has entered the increasingly competitive field of specialized 3D printers with two brand new offerings.
One’s designed for the dental field, while the other is geared for product design and engineering.
The OrthoFlow and OmniForm Printers
If you’re not familiar with the name Structo, don’t worry. They’re a pretty new company.
With that being said, their two new printers are actually very exciting and offer quite a few advantages for their target audiences.
The OrthoFlow is a high-speed 3D printer designed to meet the needs of dentists, dental offices and other professionals in this field. It’s Wi-Fi enabled out of the box and can print eight molds in just 25 minutes.
The cost comes to about $4 per mold. It also features compatibility with current dental software on the market, as well as many of the materials currently used in the industry.
It’s designed to meet the incredible demand for things like retainers and aligners, but can also be used for a wide range of other dental appliances.
The OmniForm is similar to the OrthoFlow, but it’s geared for industrial and manufacturing needs. It’s an MSLA-based 3D printer and provides very fast production speeds as well as the capability of creating very complex prints.
“When we started three years ago, we were amazed at how slow 3D printing was despite commonly being referred to as a means of rapid prototyping,” explains one of the company’s founders, Huub van Esbroeck.
“Knowing that the lack of large scale printing at fast speeds would limit the industry moving forward, we completely re-looked at how this could be achieved. As a result, we can up with a new, faster method to SLA printing, which no one else was doing, and yet could still provide the dimensional accuracy people expect.
We’re excited at the possibilities of this technology.”
With the release of these new printers, as well as an announcement that the company has some unique printing materials in development, it seems that they’re really focusing on the three major hurdles to widespread 3D printing adoption. Those are printing speed, size limitations and the quality of the materials themselves.
Structo also announced a partnership with Materialise to develop software specifically for their machines. “Through this partnership, we are able to deeply integrate Materialise software with our hardware and offer the best-in-class turnkey solution for ultra-rapid prototyping,” van Esbroeck explained.