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“Popcorn Button Easy” 3D Printing

I heard a new phrase last weekend – “popcorn button easy”. They were referencing the popcorn button on the microwave, and how the timing is preset for making the popcorn. The user puts the bag in the microwave, pushes a button, and Voila – popcorn. This discussion took place at an educational event featuring digital … Continued

How to Overcome the Bottleneck of 3D Printing Post-processing

When post-processing 3D printed pieces, there are some challenges that need to be considered. If those challenges are not considered, it will be difficult to avoid the bottleneck that will often affect the overall production throughput. The bottleneck is created due to methods and workflows that were adopted by the process when the market was … Continued

3D Printed Models vs Gypsum Models

The decades old method of capturing a patient’s tooth morphology and related oral structures has involved taking a physical impression of some form and pouring that impression with some form of gypsum or resin product. Depending on the contraction rate of the impression material, one can determine what expansion rate the gypsum should roughly be … Continued

Why 3D Print Resin Physical Properties Matter

Physical properties are the characteristics that determine how a 3D print resin appears and performs. There are numerous properties that can be considered, such as Color, Viscosity (when in a liquid state), Density, Water Absorption, Hardness, Toughness, Flexural Strength, Flexural Modulus of Elasticity, Tensile Strength, etc. The list can truly go on forever. Not all … Continued

Things You Need To Know About Print Resins

Before you pull the trigger on incorporating a 3D printer into your digital workflow, there are several things that you need to research outside of just the printer. It is very important that you consider what you want to print. Models? Splints? Custom Trays? Temporaries? Dentures? Final crowns? From there you will need to look … Continued