Laser Sintering Shines, Enlightens at LAB DAY Chicago 2012
Todd Grimm posted on February 22, 2012 |

Sintered dental componentsEOS will highlight mass-customized dental products and teach accredited clinics about a cost-effective way to improve patient care and comfort at LAB Day, Chicago, Ill., on February 24th and 25th.

According to the company, laser-sintered crowns, bridges and copings—now produced in the millions—are increasingly replacing those made with traditional casting and machining. There are currently more than 40 of the company’s plastic and metal laser-sintering systems worldwide dedicated to dental devices.

“Anyone can see that digital tools are proliferating in dentistry and being used in place of physical impressions and casting,” says Martin Bullemer, EOS manager for medical business development. “Our systems take full advantage of the individual patient geometries those digital tools capture and offer consistently high end-quality products and benefits in costs and turn-around times.”

Bill Oremus, vice president of BEGO USA, agrees, “The industry’s shift to scanned digital imaging and manufacturing has made laser sintering a must-have technology for us,” he says. “As the technology advances it will be the direction of the future for making dental implant components because it eliminates production steps and cuts material waste.”

BEGO USA uses EOS’s DMLS (direct metal laser sintering) to create individual cobalt-chrome copings, crowns, pontics and bridges—including 14-unit bridges with a precision that would be difficult to match by traditional methods.

EOS will also be demonstrating its newest polyamide, PA 2105, for physically modeling dentition. The material offers high precision for best prosthesis fit. Its color contrast facilitates the veneering of dental prostheses, and the models require minimal manual processes or finishing procedures.

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