If you have read some of my 3D printing stuff you know I really like a 3D Printer called the Phrozen Make. I know, cue the “Let it Go” GIFs! The Make can print at 50 microns, which is what we need for dies and implant analog models. The Form2 and the Moonray, which are awesome workhorse printers that everyone needs, print at 150 and 100 microns respectively, so if you do need die work, you have to either look at 12-26K plus lab printers, or buy the Make at $1200. There has been a lot of hype (I am guilty of it) for the Wanhao D7 or the Anycubic Photon, which are great for guides, and are around $525, but I have not had success with dies on those. Well enter the Shuffle, which is basically the $1200 make, with a touchscreen and a really sturdy Z axis, which for those who don’t know, controls the layers in a 3D print and can often be the source of failure. The Shuffle is $506 and may replace the Make as my go to printer for dies, implant analog models, guides etc. Like the Photon, the build plate is really small, so I would still recommend the Moonray or the Form2 if you print a lot of aligners.
Here is a 3 unit immediate case on a patient that lost a bridge due to decay. Scanned in CEREC and Galileos and used Dentiqguide to export the STL for $20. We are just finishing the contract to distribute Dentiq guide in the states.
I used a program called Chi Tu slicer, which is free and allows your to alter supports. Like the Photon, the Shuffle takes STLs off a USB. You upload the STL and then pick a resin profile. The Shuffle comes with the NextDent SG resin profile and I am working on testing if my profiles, which you can purchase on digitalenamel.com work. Would have wanted to go deeper on #18 but you can see the nerve was close.
If you want to learn more about 3D Printing, we are having our last one for 2018 Oct 12 and 13 in Austin!! 14 CEs and you can register below!