PostProcess Technologies
Great Lakes Dental Application

Collaboration With a Bite

June 4, 2020
PostProcess Technologies teams with Great Lakes Dental to automate surface finishing and powder removal for dental applications.

PostProcess Technologies Inc., a provider of automated and intelligent post-printing solutions for industrial 3D printing, announced its collaboration with Great Lakes Dental Technologies, one of North America’s largest orthodontic laboratories, to unlock previously unachievable powder removal and surface finishing results for custom-printed dental products.

As an early adopter of additive manufacturing and reseller for Stratasys and 3D Systems dental solutions, Great Lakes has implemented PolyJet, DLP, and SLS 3D print technologies in its own facilities. As most custom dental solutions are specifically fitted to an individual’s mouth, traditional mass production manufacturing techniques are virtually irrelevant in the product development process. Without an automated post-printing solution, Great Lakes Dental struggled to surface finish and remove excess powder with the accuracy necessary to achieve the desired comfort and function.

Streamlining Great Lakes Dental’s workflow, the PostProcess RADOR Surface Finishing solution automates both powder removal and surface finishing SLS post-print needs. RADOR utilizes software intelligence, hardware and advanced vibratory technology to dually remove powder from and burnish printed parts via suspended rotational force (SRF) technology.

According to James Kunkemoeller, president and CEO of Great Lakes Dental Technologies, “The RADOR has not only improved our efficiencies but has allowed us to produce a superior product while maintaining our valued workforce. Great Lakes' forward-thinking mentality has always driven us to look for ways to improve business sustainability, competitiveness, and workforce retention."

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