Stratasys Printer Selected as Top 10 Dental Tech Product
No one can argue against the fact that 3D printing is having a huge impact on a number of billion dollar industries. From 3D printed aeroplane and space shuttle parts that promise to change aerospace travel as we know it to 3D printed makeup that’s shaking the $55 billion cosmetics industry, the technology is making its rounds in multiple markets.
One of the industries we’ve been hearing a lot of lately is the dental industry. Both Stratasys and 3D Systems have released industrial printers aimed specifically at the dental industry for molding and tooling. For example, 3D Systems has its ProX DMP line and Stratasys recently launched its wax building 3D printers for dentures, CrownWorx and FrameWorx. Despite this recent launch, there is another Stratasys dental 3D printer making headlines this week: the Objet30 OrthoDesk 3D Printer. The Objet30 was officially selected as the Top 10 Technology Product for 2014 by readers of Inside Dental Technology (IDT) magazine.
According to Stratasys, the Objet30 OrthoDesk lets dental labs and practices build surgical guides, veneer models, models for orthodontic appliances, delivery and positioning trays, and in-house models.
So how was it chosen? Readers of IDT magazine, which reaches over 18,000 dental laboratory owners and managers, selected the printer to win through a card number system. Each product in the running was assigned a number, and every time readers wanted to receive further information about a product, they would input its number. That way, IDT saw which products lab owners were most interested in.
“We are honored to have our Objet30 OrthoDesk recognized by IDT magazine as a top 10 technology product,” said Avi Cohen, Stratasys Director of Global Dental. “The 3D printer has turned into a real and proven success in the dental industry, along with its medically-approved materials.”
What does this mean?
For investors, this could be good. Anytime Stratasys has received widespread public recognition for a new product or innovation, stocks have generally tended to go up. The win also shows dental lab owners were more inclined to choose Stratasys printers over 3D Systems ones, which could be an indication that Stratasys ones perform better. Just how meaningful will this be? Time will tell.
Shanie Phillips is a originally from the UK, but has spent many years in Singapore, the US and now Israel. In addition to writing for Inside3DP she writes for several news and innovation sites.