Challenge and solution

Challenge

Challenge

Before using 3D printing technology, OpLab was using plaster (gypsum) to create dental models, which had to be entirely crafted by hand. This served the purpose, but was highly labor-intensive, particularly if the models needed multiple iterations.

Solution

Solution

By introducing an Ultimaker 3D printer into their practice, OpLab can make more accurate models in a fraction of the time, improving quality and minimizing labor. All their iterations can now be 3D printed at the same time, which enables the team to focus on other important tasks.

Cost comparison

Traditional model making

Ultimaker 3D printers

Cost / model €15 Cost / model €0.50
Time / model 3-5 hours Time / model 2-4 hours

Material expenses are irrelevant (around €0.50), the traditional model making process involves a lot of manual labor, which effects the model cost.

Results

Time saving

Time saving

Having an Ultimaker in-house means that models can be made faster, and if any further iterations were required, it takes significantly less time.

3D printing for molds and casting
Higher quality

Higher quality

Any time-consuming, labor-intensive process means more likelihood of error. With Ultimaker 3D printers, OpLab ensures reliable, accurate results.

3D printing in medicine
Less human labor

Less human labor

The OpLab technicians no longer need to craft models and their modifications by hand. Instead, the team is free to focus on other key tasks.

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Cost optimization

Cost optimization

Reduced labor means costs are kept down. Materials are inexpensive, and modifications are easy to make, which means less time spent processing.

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