The proliferation of digital technologies continued to flourish at the IDS, with more and more digital manufacturing solutions that enable users to address a greater number of applications and work with a larger range of materials. In addition, the 3D printing market continues to expand.
3D Systems Showcases New Digital Printer and Material
In Chicago, 3D Systems showcased the 2012 model of its ProJet™ MP 3000, an affordable CAD/CAM printer for working models and drill guides. Thanks to a new resolution print head, print modes, support process and material, it produces detailed, esthetic models with a stone-like, matte finish. The same material, VisiJet™ MP200, can be run in a "gloss mode" for drill guides. The company also introduced VisiJet Clear, a new water-clear, biomedical-rated material for fabricating drill guides on the ProJet 6000 using SLA technology.
"We are committed to the continued innovation of digital dental solutions through an open architecture that delivers increased value," said Lee Dockstader, Vice President, Business Development. For more information, visit www.toptobottomdental.com.
According to LMT's 2013 Dentist Survey, lab owners are sometimes hesitant to raise their fees, fearful of losing the account. Yet 53% of dentists surveyed feel it’s reasonable for a laboratory to increase prices once a year by an average of 3.3%. Twenty-nine percent think an increase—an average of 4.6—every two years is more acceptable.
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