20 million 3D printed mouth molds, Smile Direct Club’s goal for 2020
With the increasing use of 3D printing in mass manufacturing, companies keep defining new production objectives, a way to not only push their limits but also to push the boundaries of the technology.
Smile Direct Club is a great example of this fact. The oral care specialist expanded its collaboration with HP to revolutionize the way that millions of people can achieve a straighter smile. The producer of aligners is becoming the largest producer of 3D Printed parts using HP Multi Jet Fusion in the US.
The company has been founded in 2014. In 5 years, it has built a digital network of state licensed dentists and orthodontists who prescribe teeth straightening treatment plans. Smile Direct Club has launched a proprietary tele-dentistry platform that enables to manage all aspects of clinical care from diagnosis through the completion of treatment. With customers in the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico, the company has now plan to expand to Australia and the UK in 2019.
“SmileDirectClub is digitally transforming the traditional orthodontics industry, making it more personal, affordable, and convenient for millions of consumers to achieve a smile they’ll love,” said Alex Fenkell, co-founder, SmileDirectClub. “HP’s breakthrough 3D printing and data intelligence platform makes this level of disruption possible for us, pushing productivity, quality, and manufacturing predictability to unprecedented levels, all with economics that allow us to pass on savings to the consumers seeking treatment using our teledentistry platform.”
Indeed, leveraging HP Jet Fusion 3D printing solutions enables the manufacturer to produce over 50,000 personalized mouth molds per day; a production that will double with a fleet of 49 HP Jet Fusion 4210 3D printers.
So far, we haven’t yet seen such a big number of 3D printed parts in digital dentistry. Smile Direct Club is doing things big.
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