UK 3D printing company Renishaw has developed software to help automative the additive manufacture (AM) of dental frames.

QuantAM Dental software can reportedly automate AM build preparation for hundreds of dental frameworks in a single operation, cutting preparation time from two hours or more with existing build preparation software to around 30 minutes.

Dental production facilities typically receive hundreds of custom design files daily from multiple customers, Renishaw says. Previously, the industry lacked a single suite of software that could handle all the operations required to prepare files for production.

QuantAM Dental imports dental frameworks, repairs stereolithography files if necessary and automates the orientation so that framework cavities face upwards, avoiding supports on the fitting surfaces. It also automatically adds an identification tag to each framework.The software then groups framework types according to manufacturing requirements.

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