Carestream Dental has announced that the newest version of their modelling software, CS Model + v5, is now able to integrate with the SprintRay Pro 3D printer. This is said to allow practices to add in-house clear aligners as a treatment option for their patients.
The technology that makes clear aligners possible—such as intraoral scanners, CAD software, and 3D printers—may be disruptive to a practice and may not work with existing equipment. CS Model + v5 with the SprintRay Pro is said to remove the barriers that stand between practices and affordable in-house aligners.
“We’re excited to announce this integration between Carestream Dental and SprintRay,” said John Cox, vice president of sales and marketing, SprintRay. “Simplifying the process from scan to print removes friction from the digital workflow, helping to drive the adoption of CAD/CAM technology, which ultimately benefits the patient. Intraoral scanners and 3D printers are complementary technologies, and we’re proud to offer this integration to our user bases.”
The system is designed so users can start with a scan captured by either the CS 3600 or 3700 intraoral scanners. Next, the CS Model + v5 helps users plan and design aligner cases with its colour-coded case complexity ranking and other automated features. Then, aligner models can be directly imported into the SprintRay nesting software which ensures proper orientation before being sent to the SprintRay Pro 3D. It can reportedly fabricate eight models in 30 minutes.
“Practices have been telling us they want more control and options when it comes to clear aligners to meet growing patient demands,” said Dr Ed Shellard, chief dental officer, Carestream Dental. “CS Model + v5 gives users control over the design, and printing with the SprintRay Pro lets them keep treatment in-house. With this, they can compete with direct-to-consumer brands but with the benefit of clinician guided treatment and in a shorter timeframe.”