Additive Manufacturing is a 3D printing process that builds up parts layer. Fully integrated dental solutions from EOS permit the manufacture of final dental products and a process with high reproducibility and constantly high quality. It doesn't matter whether you are producing crowns and bridges, plastic dental models or removable partial dentures, with EOS Additive Manufacturing solutions you always get exceptional value for money. Laboratories and manufacturing services providers can thus work much more efficiently.
The successful realisations of reproducible industrial quality standards at great value for money are the result of EOS`s integrated quality management system, which ensures the quality of EOS products, processes and service.
- Fully certified processes and products e.g. EOS Cobalt Chrome SP2, certified as a class II medical material for dental applications (Directive 93/42/EEC)
- EOS Research and Development Centre: Development and manufacture of materials and processes for applications in dentistry (ISO 13485: 2003)
- Advice and support during the validation process (EOS service products)
EOS systems are able to manufacture medical devices. However, EOS cannot offer any guarantee that these devices meet all requirements.
Additive Manufacturing is a 3D printing process that builds up parts layer by layer and differs greatly from conventional manufacturing techniques. It uses 3D data on the oral situation of the patient as a basis; this is generated using intraoral scanners or by impression or model scans. The data set is processed directly with no loss of accuracy, such as is experienced with conventional impression methods, to produce the dental prosthesis or model and then 'sliced' into layers. The EOS system, which contains a bed of metal or plastic powder, generates the desired geometry layer-by-layer. A focused laser beam then fuses the powder material on the basis of the digital data provided. Once one layer has been completed, the powder bed is lowered by a few hundredths of a millimetre and the process begins again. The final product is characterised by a consistently high quality. It meets the needs of precision and aesthetics and satisfies budgetary/financial requirements.
The EOS process chain offers great flexibility since it has open system interfaces. The users can select the module of their choice and exchange data with this. The EOS systems work with STL data (STL = Surface Tessellation Language, a standard file format for 3D data) so that the dental technician can use a wide variety of computer-assisted design programs (e.g. from 3Shape, Dental Wings, Exocad etc.). Thanks to the independent system structure, the digital CAD/CAM process in design and data processing can be adapted to the economic, indication-specific and dental technology requirements of practices or laboratories so as to achieve and optimum production process.
Fast and economical production of top-quality dental prostheses
The EOS systems work very accurately and can produce around 450 units at low cost within 24 hours. The digitally produced dental prosthesis is of a constantly high quality. Following the construction process, the dental prosthesis only has to be separated from the platform and finished. The composite strength of the ceramic veneer is outstanding compared to other manufacturing techniques. Hardly any personnel are needed to operate the EOS system. This means that two production cycles can be run per day depending on the daily number of units and capacity utilisation and up to 80,000 units can be produced each year. People are only needed to set up and unload the system. The Additive Manufacturing of dental prostheses is an industrial production process and, thanks to the high productivity of the system, the production costs fall whilst the quality of the final products remains consistently high.
Compared to conventional production methods the digital production method saves a lot of time: the design for the removable partial denture is ready in around 15 minutes with only a few mouse clicks. Thanks to the flexibility of design of Additive Mnuafcturing, the modeling software is not restricted by the manufacturing technique. High strength, rigid and at the same time filigree geometries can be produced and casting errors can be ruled out.