Glidewell expands partnership with 3-D printing solutions provider Structo

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After testing three of Structo’s OrthoForm printers for its laboratory services over the last year, Glidewell Dental has announced the expansion of its partnership with the Singapore-based 3-D printing solutions provider with an investment in two of the company’s newly launched DentaForm 3-D printers.

“Having one of the leading dental labs in the world place its trust in our technology shows that our solution is addressing a very critical need in digital dentistry,” commented Huub van Esbroeck, co-founder of Structo, on the announcement.

The Structo printers are equipped with MSLA (mask stereolithography) technology. Owing to the proprietary technology, the 3-D printers are able to achieve speeds much higher than conventional SLA printers, resulting in higher production throughput and lower costs.

“Structo’s unique MSLA technology is just the type of innovation the industry needs,” said David Leeson, Director of Engineering at Glidewell Dental. “We are very excited to continue this partnership with Structo and improve our production efficiency by adopting the newly launched DentaForm 3D printer.” He remarked that the company foresees further expansion, with the acquisition of additional DentaForm printers in the second half of this year. “Operating two of Structo’s new printers is not only sufficient to replace a number of our existing printers, but also allows us to increase capacity overall,” he added.

Despite being halfway across the world, the partnership has been beneficial for both companies, according to Van Esbroeck. “David and his team have been providing us with a lot of feedback that has contributed to new features and design elements of the DentaForm printer.”

More information about the DentaForm printer and Structo’s portfolio can be found at www.structo3d.com.

In addition to its line of dental 3-D printers, Structo manufactures control systems and software and formulates its own photopolymer materials tailored to each use in a range of dental 3-D printing applications.

Glidewell expands partnership with 3-D printing solutions provider Structo