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The Fastest Dental 3D Printer Can Print A Tooth In Three Minutes

Jun 11, 2019

At IDS, the world's leading trade show for dental technology, TRUMPF, a high-tech company, unveiled the most efficient 3D metal printer for dental dentures on the market, the TruPrint 1000. The TruPrint 1000 is the only small-format system that USES multiple lasers and can produce dental products with two laser beams at 10 times the speed of conventional dental milling machines.

Dental 3D printer

Dental 3D printer

In addition, trumpf's small 3D printer has another innovative feature -- digital connectivity. With a wireless connection to a milling machine, TruPrint 1000 can print implantable dentures. Implantable dentures not only replace visible teeth, but also provide an anchor to its roots. Trumpf's latest products are helping industrialize 3D printing in dentistry.


It only takes three minutes to print a tooth

Traditional methods require dental technicians to make molds and cast parts by hand. People spend a lot of time and energy making Bridges, crowns and other dental prostheses by hand. The digital option is to create a 3D model on the computer that serves as a blueprint for the milling machine. When the 3d model is completed, the system makes the parts on the platform, and then the milling machine makes the final machining.


3D printed teeth

"3D printing is much faster than either of these," says Reinhard Sroka, head of trumfast's dental products division. TruPrint 1000's multi-laser processing capability allows the system to produce at least 80 teeth in less than three hours. "Printing a tooth takes about three minutes, which makes 3D printing ten times faster than traditional methods," Sroka said. He also points out that 3D printing is of higher quality because the system does a better job of drawing tooth structures.

3D printed teeth

Ultra-precision 3D printing workstation connected to a milling machine

Trumpf experts have updated the system's IT interface with a digital link to the milling machine for the TruPrint 1000. "More and more dentures are being mass-produced, especially in Asia, which explains why supporting digital workflows is crucial," Sroka said. The connection to the milling machine is a key milestone towards automated mass production."


This innovative feature enables the system to print implantable dentures. Implantable dentures are necessary for patients who do not have residual teeth. Because implants and prosthetics are bolted, 3D printers must work with extreme precision to ensure a seamless fit. Even the slightest deviation can cause the tooth to loosen. TruPrint's updated IT interface allows IT to print such precise specifications, while a milling machine can recognize and adjust teeth to zero.


"Implantable dentures are the fastest growing segment of the global dental industry," Sroka said. TruPrint 1000 aims to address this important market and make dentures an affordable 'luxury' item for an increasing number of patients."