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3D printing: Materialise introduces Dental Module for Magics


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By introducing a new add-on to Magics software, Materialise seeks to automate 3D-printing preparation in dental laboratories. (Image: Materialise)

Tue. 19. October 2021


LEUVEN, Belgium: It comes as no surprise that dentistry is becoming increasingly digitalised. Following the trend, Materialise, a global leader of 3D-printing solutions, has recently introduced a new Dental Module for Magics. This addition to the Magics software is designed to enable dental laboratories to fully optimise and automate their 3D-printing preparation workflow for dental applications.

According to the company, Dental Module will provide  dental laboratories with easy-to-use tools that will ensure a scalable 3D-printing process. “3D printing has become well established within dentistry,” Dr Volker  Schillen, market innovation manager at  Materialise, said in a press release.

“Today, many dental labs have their own printers and create custom parts for dental restoration daily. Their next goal is optimising the workflow so dental specialists can reduce the amount of time spent manually preparing designs to be printed. With automated tools, specialists can instead use this time on other valuable responsibilities, such as meeting with patients,” he explained.

After uploading the dental CAD to the platform, the user only needs to click a button and the software will automate all the required printing preparation steps, including labelling, nesting, and generating support structures. The company explained that, by doing so, tasks that often take hours to complete manually are finalised within only a couple of minutes. Additionally, Materialise noted that the module provides advanced control over processing steps, since processing profiles can be customised.

With its 3D-printing software solutions, Materialise helps customers working across a wide range of industries to optimise their additive manufacturing activities. With the introduction of the Dental Module, Materialise now boasts a total of ten modules that are available for Magics users. The modules were created with the purposed of automating printing preparation tasks such as support generation and 3D nesting, the company explained.

More information about the Dental Module can be found  here.

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