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Faster, more accurate dental models

Using 3D printing technology, OpLab can quickly and easily create physical models of dental arches, reducing time, labor, and expenses in the process. The new approach means the team can achieve greater model accuracy, resulting in less error and a better service for their clients.

Reduced labor, faster results

The process before using Ultimaker printers was very long. Each iteration had to be handmade. Now, all iterations can be printed at the same time. With the Ultimaker 3D printer, we ensure consistent, reliable results. The level of detail is impeccable.

- Marco Lotito, Co-founder of OpLab

Challenge and solution


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.


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

The most notable improvement for OpLab is the time saved, which in turn, offers economic benefits.

Traditional model makingUltimaker 3D printers
Cost / model€15€0.50
Time / model3-5 hours2-4 hours

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


  • 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.

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

  • 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.

  • 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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