Glidewell Dental & Structo Announce Integration of the Velox Desktop 3D Printer Into the glidewell.io™ In-Office Solution
Agreement will bring 3D printing capabilities to advanced chairside restorative ecosystem
CHICAGO, February 22, 2018 (Newswire.com) - Glidewell Dental, an industry-leading provider of custom restorative services, materials and devices, announced today its expanded partnership with Structo, a dental 3D printing solutions provider, with the integration of the Structo Velox desktop 3D printer into the glidewell.ioTM In-Office Solution.
Glidewell Dental and Structo have enjoyed a strong working relationship over the years, with the California-based dental technology company being announced as the launch customer for Structo’s latest 3D printer designed for dental labs, the DentaForm, just last April.
Since the emergence of 3D printing in the dental industry, adoption in the chairside segment has been hampered by time-consuming pre- and post-processes. “To take dental 3D printing to the next level, we believe the complexity of the technology must get out of the way so that clinicians can focus on delivering better patient outcomes,” said Huub van Esbroeck, Founder at Structo.
The Structo Velox is the desktop 3D printer that features a patented fully autonomous post-processing system to streamline the dental appliance manufacturing process. It comprises 3 stages – Print, Wash, and Cure – on a rotating carousel, fitting all these functions into one single low-footprint automated system. The Velox also features Structo’s new pre-processing service called AutoPrint, a cloud service to which users simply upload an STL file, after which the nesting, supporting and slicing are taken care of – and the printer can start automatically without requiring any further intervention.
Unveiled in November 2017, the Glidewell.ioTM In-Office Solution is described as a chairside ecosystem designed to simplify the prescribing and delivering of laboratory-grade restorations. The workflow begins with an intraoral scan transferred to Glidewell’s fastdesign.ioTM Software, which serves to auto-design restorations. The software also serves as a communications platform to the lab, where users can prescribe cases or access digital optimization and technical support. For cases in which chairside milling is indicated, the clinician submits the design to the fastmill.ioTM In-Office Unit for immediate fabrication.
Mike Selberis, Glidewell’s Chief Technology Officer said: “With the addition of the Structo Velox, the glidewell.ioTM Solution will be able to offer a complete suite of in-office applications covering intraoral scanning, desktop milling and now desktop 3D printing, giving clinicians an all-in-one solution for lab-grade appliance manufacturing in their own practice.”
The Structo Velox will be an integral part of the Glidewell.ioTM ecosystem, adding seamless direct printing capabilities for single and multi-unit restorations, drill guides, splints, models and orthodontic appliances. “This partnership with Glidewell Dental and the development of a deep integration with their systems fully embodies our vision for the Velox – taking the work out of the workflow – making this a perfect partnership to bring our dental-specific solutions to market,” adds Huub.
Structo and Glidewell are both hopeful that through this collaboration, they can change the way clinicians approach appliance manufacturing and accelerate the progress of digital dentistry across the industry.
The Structo Velox 3D printer is expected to be available as part of the Glidewell.ioTM Solution in the United States later in 2018, with applications for their closed beta program opening today. It is currently being displayed at Structo’s booth (Booth 4536) and Glidewell Dental’s booth (Booth 4021) at the Chicago Dental Society (CDS) Midwinter Meeting at McCormick Place West, Chicago from 22-24 February 2018. For further information, visit www.glidewell.io or www.structo3d.com.
About Structo 3D
Structo is a Singapore-based dental 3D printing solutions provider. We design, develop and build 3D printers tailored for dental applications using our unique proprietary MSLA technology. With MSLA, Structo’s 3D printers are able to achieve speeds much higher than conventional SLA printers and are revolutionizing the field of digital dentistry with higher throughput and lower costs, all without compromising on print quality. Alongside our dental 3D printers, we also build control systems and software and formulate our own photopolymer materials tailored specifically to each use-case in a range of dental 3D printing applications.
For more information, visit www.structo3d.com.
About Glidewell Dental
Glidewell Dental is among the world’s largest producers of custom restorative services and recognized as a leading materials and devices manufacturer. Established in 1970 in Orange County, California, Glidewell continues to build on its storied history of technological innovation, committed to making comprehensive treatment more accessible by combining proven protocols with advanced tools and techniques. For more information, visit glidewelldental.com.
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