Altem 3D Dental Printers - A new beginning for the 3D printing


3D printing has been one of the progressive technologies currently. It is widely used in many of the applications. One of them is the dental printers. Altem, a popular leader in the technology, has been a clear leader in that aspect. They recently announced their 3D printers. We will make an attempt at understanding 3D printing and the dental printers.

3D Printing has been quite a nascent technology. Nevertheless, it has been developing a faster pace and has been considered to be the next big thing.

3D Printing and the way it works


3D Printing refers to a type of manufacturing process that differs much from the normal mode of the manufacturing process. It involves taking a digital image or a digital file of an object and then converting the file into an actual object.

3D Printing is also known by the name Additive Manufacturing. Put in simple words, it means manufacturing a three-dimensional real world object from a digital file. The layers of material are added one over the other. These layers are kept being added one over the other until the final product is created.

How does it work? Well, all of it begins with a digital image of the final product. The Digital Model as this piece of the file is called, can be created using 3D scanners and 3D Modelling software. Once this model is ready, now it is time to print it. And for the purpose, you will need a 3D printer.

Before being printed, the digital model goes through a process called Slicing. Slicing divides the 3D model into thousands of Slices or 2D images. Once the model is sliced, you now need to feed it into the printer. The 3D Printer will now read each of the slices and creates a three-dimensional object. There are different technologies used in 3D printing.

Applications of 3D printing


The initial application of the 3D printing technology was limited to Prototyping. However, of late the technology has been making inroads into the mainstream manufacturing.

Some of the fields that have been experiencing high rate of performance include -

Medicine - This is one of the major areas where 3D printing has been widely used. Surgeons are using the 3D printed models of human organs. That would let them study the organs more accurately. On the similar lines, attempts are on to make 3D organs as well.

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Art - Artists will be greatly benefitted with this technology. They will now be able to come up with the virtual models of their imagination. It can also be much useful in imparting practical education.

Aerospace - 3D printed components will aid in reducing the overall weight of an aircraft. Military organisations have been keenly following the developments in the technology.

In the direction of making a better use of 3D printing technology in the medical field, Altem Technologies has been a clear leader. They have developed dental 3D printers under the brand name Object Series.

Who are Altem Technologies?


Altem Technologies is a leader in 3D printing technology and has been striving to make it popular. The firm was founded in 2011 by Prasad Rodgi and his team.

It has operations in Bangalore, Chennai, Pune, Ahmedabad, Kolkata, Delhi and Hyderabad. You may visit www.altem.com for details.

The Object series 3D Dental printers


The new Object series dental printers will enable the dental clinics to fabricate the stone models for appliances, delivery trays and retainers among other products from the comforts of their desktops.



The product has been developed in close association with its strategic partners, Stratasys and SLM and aims to redefine the way dentistry is undertaken in India. The new Object series 3D dental printers have been claimed to cut down the unnecessary time consumed in the procedures currently involved in the design and development.
The Object series 3D dental printers are available in different formats based on the nature of the application -

Objet 30 Orthodesk - This would be suitable for smaller units. Dental clinics can use this setup for optimum results.

Objet30 Dental Prime - This is the best option for the medium sized set up. They provide you much accurate results.

Eden 260VS - This is the printer that aims at minimising the time and effort needed to create models. It has been claimed to be first PolyJet printer.

Eden 500V - This happens to be the high-end product in the genre. It is best suited for the mass production and bigger labs.

The future


Well, it appears that the future of 3D printing, especially in the orthodontistry appears to be looking forward to a great future ahead. Firms like Altem have been quite effective with their all-round expertise. Altem aims at improving the delivery time and the quality of service along with the reduction in the servicing time. Like Mr Prasad Rodagi, the Founder -Director at Altem Technologies says,
"Altem is leading the way in helping to advance patient care by introducing solutions that enable personalised surgical planning and mass customization"


Parting words


That effort from Altem Technologies should go a long way in promoting the 3D printing technology in India. We do look forward to more such products, so that will be improving the standard of oral health in particular and general health in general. Share your views on this new technology and the dental printing. We would welcome you to come with your opinions on the 3D dental printers introduced by Altem.


Article by Timmappa Kamat
Timmappa Kamat is a technology enthusiast. He has an active interest in newer technological developments. He is fond of new gizmos & gadgets. He loves to share his knowledge through tech-savvy websites as a freelancer. A Mechanical Engineer by profession, he is equally interested in blogging, with his own blog. He wants to carve a name for himself in blogging arena one day! If you need any clarifications about his articles,please respond here below or get in touch with him through his profile.

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