Albensi Labs Turnaround Time on Dental Restorations Drops from Seven Days to Just Two Days Using Objet 3D Printing
REHOVOT, Israel, October 3, 2011 /PRNewswire/ –
Objet 3D Printer Digitizes Dentistry for Albensi Labs
It’s easy to think that perfectly restored teeth should simply be “a
perfect set of pearly whites”. After all, aren’t all teeth bright white and
regularly shaped? Far from it. In fact, creating precise dental restorations
that look and fit like natural teeth is particularly challenging. But, in
the past few years it has become easier, due to the use of digital
technologies – primarily digital scanning, processing software and 3D
printing (view video [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h-8O0Cqo9q8 ]).
Albensi Laboratories, a leading dental laboratory located near
Pittsburgh, PA, was among the first to recognize that 3D printing could
enable it to produce high-quality restorations in significantly less time.
In December 2010, it started using an Objet Eden350V 3D Printer to print
models based on digital dental [http://www.objet.com/INDUSTRIES/Dental ]
impressions created from intra-oral scans of patients’ mouths.
Watch [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h-8O0Cqo9q8 ] how Albensi
Laboratories is producing better dental restorations, faster, with the Objet
Eden350V 3D printer. View video.
Accurate dental models in less than half the time
The move to digital dentistry [http://www.objet.com/INDUSTRIES/Dental ],
with Objet 3D printing, has enabled Albensi to improve the accuracy and
quality of its dental restorations. An additional advantage of digital
dentistry has enabled the laboratory to take on more business, without
Albensi now provides its customers with precise, true-fit restorations
in 2-3 days, instead of 5-7 days. Instead of laborously pouring models by
hand, Albensi now sets its Objet Eden350V 3D Printer to print models
Don R. Albensi, C.D.T., the owner of Albensi Laboratories, says that
using the Objet 3D printer has transformed the lab workflow and it has
brought similarly dramatic benefits to the lab’s customers. “Now, prior to
the patient coming in, the dentist can examine the die and check the
marginal integrity of the case as well as the contacts, which are two major
areas that dentists have to deal with when fitting restorations,” says
Albensi. “It normally took about 5 to 7 days to produce a restoration. We’ve
developed it now to a digital workflow that we can create restorations
within 2 to 3 days…The first model printed I’ll never forget… I was
amazed at the quality.”
View video [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h-8O0Cqo9q8 ].
About Albensi Laboratories
At Albensi Laboratories [http://www.albensilab.com ], we believe that
the success of practice requires that every case be done right. The
patient’s satisfaction and dental health are the common interest that makes
Albensi Laboratories is known for its superior craftsmanship, open
communications, exceptional customer care, on-time deliveries and the latest
technology available. It is managed by Mr. Don Albensi, a Pennsylvania State
University and Median School graduate who began his career in dental
technology in 1977 working as a ceramist. In 1979, Mr. Albensi opened
Albensi Laboratories in Pittsburgh, serving the Western Pennsylvania area.
This full service laboratory now services doctors across the United States
and prides itself on being at the forefront of CAD/CAM technology.
Objet Ltd. [http://www.objet.com ], is a leading provider of high
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