How We Integrated 3D Printing – Part 2

Here is part 2 of the 5-part series visiting five leading dental laboratories.  This time we visit Ford’s Dental Lab in Nelsonville, Ohio, USA and learn more about why they ventured into digital, when they did it and what they have in their lab.

“I had several requirements when I was researching 3D printers. The biggest requirement was to have a printer that was open source. I knew that we would want the freedom to use whatever third-party materials we liked. The ease-of-use, particularly when switching between resins, was an important consideration for us.”

Bryce Hiller, Technology Manager, Ford’s Dental Lab


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