3D Printers

You’ve probably heard a lot about 3D printers. As the devices enter the 2nd and even 3rd generation, they’re moving from bleeding-edge technology to the mainstream. While there are several different models and technologies out there, there are only a few that are well-suited to orthodontic applications. 

Product Comparison

Workflow and training available for dental use
Cost factors
Ongoing costs
Performance Accuracy
Efficiency Post-processing needed and average time
Print times
Build platform size
Print capacity
Ability to use third party resins
Media used (i.e., fiber or resin)
Per-model cost
Printing technology – DLP, SLA, etc.
Tech support
TechSelect Price: $18,250 printer + cure box (Reg. Price $19,650 )
Basement replacement: $300; Resin: $175-285/1 KG
Native XY resolution: 93 μm
XY; Resolution with contour
gray scaling: 60 μm;
Dynamic Z resolution: 50 μm
to 150 μm
Post-processing: Alcohol bath and cure
chamber; Average post-processing time: 4 minutes
Horizontal/flat: Print up to 8
models flat in just 15 minutes; Vertical: Print 15 to 20+ models vertically in just about hour
180 x 101 x 175 mm
(7.09 x 3.98 x 6.89 in.)
Horizontal/flat: Up to 8 models; Vertical: Up to 20+ models
$3 per arch printed solid
$2 per arch printed hollow
cDLM (Continuous Digital Light Manufacturing) technology
TechSelect Price: $4,499 (Reg. price: $4,999)
Materials start at $149/L
25 microns
Washing (5-20 mins); Post-curing optional (5-60 mins)
Horizontal/flat: 8; Vertical: 5
5.7 × 5.7 × 7.3 in
Horizontal/flat: 8; Vertical: 18
Low-force stereolithography (LFS)
$7,740 printer + cure box and $750 resin credit/5 free bottles (Reg. price only includes 1 bottle of resin).
Variable cost for resin, plus fixed software subscription at $200/year
95 microns; Z-axis layer height: 50 or 100 microns (selectable)
30 minutes
~14 models per hour at 100 microns; ~7 models per hour at 50 microns; Horizontal/flat: 9 jun; Bertical: 18
7.1" x 4" x 8"/18.2cm x 10.2cm x 20cm
Horizontal/flat 6-9; Vertical 18
Yes, via Open Certified Platform
Photopolymer liquid resin