The multicolor, multi-material compact dental 3D printer can handle up to five materials, including support material on a single tray. 

Stratasys Ltd introduced the J5 DentaJet 3D printer—a multi-material dental 3D printer, which allows technicians to load mixed trays of dental parts. 

According to the company, while the J5 DentaJet printer has a compact footprint—consuming only 4.6 square feet of floor space, it can produce at least five time more dental parts on a single mixed tray than competitive 3D printers. It can handle up to five materials, including support material. 

The J5 DentaJet is launching with a full range of resins tailored to meet the needs of the dental industry. Available biocompatible resins include a clear resin, VeroGlaze opaque white for temporary in-mouth placement, and a clear and flexible resin. In addition, Separator digital material automatically coats models to make it much easier to separate the acrylic device from the model and remove wax and residue. Other available resins include VeroDent PureWhite, and CMY resins for color.

“Dental and orthodontic models have been growing their adoption of 3D printing but the process has remained too manual and time consuming,” said Osnat Philipp, healthcare vice president for Stratasys. “The J5 DentaJet advances the full digital transformation of dental modeling with the potent combination of automation with accuracy. The system runs largely unattended, and you can even produce a build tray with a wide variety of different models using several different materials. It’s a productivity monster.”

Motor City Lab Works, a full-service orthodontics lab in Birmingham, Mich, has also been beta testing the J5 DentaJet. John Dumas, DDS, an orthodontist and CEO of Motor City Lab Works, has been impressed by the high-level of accuracy and high volume the machine can produce. “As an orthodontist we really need highly accurate models to ensure patient appliances are the best fit. We needed a printer that could accommodate the combination of a larger build tray for high volume plus produce higher resolution models. The J5 DentaJet provides us with both luxuries in one machine.”