“Our collaboration with Oqton first began in 2018, as we set out to fully integrate their innovative Manufacturing OS into our Eplus3D printers,” said Mary Li, head of overseas division, Eplus3D. “Since that time, we’ve become increasingly acquainted with their expertise and technology, and are impressed by the easy-to-use, smart algorithms they’ve created. We’re looking forward to our continued collaboration to simplify production workflows for our customers – helping them unlock the full potential of AM to accelerate industrialization.”
Today, both companies aim to enable dental laboratory professionals to increase productivity. To do so, Oqton’s unique AI-powered Manufacturing OS platform will be made available to users of Eplus3D’s metal 3D printers.
The combination of Oqton’s Manufacturing OS and Eplus3D’s print technology will lead to dental solutions that include full traceability as well as automation.
The patient-specific nature of dental restorations makes it an optimal application for additive manufacturing (AM). Yet, for dental laboratories that are trying to integrate AM into their production workflows, they are often challenged by a lack of qualified personnel and the need for time-consuming, repetitive workflows, as well as regulations and certifications such as the EU Medical Device Regulation and ISO-13485 that require end-to-end traceability of machines, people, and material, at every step of the dental workflow. With Oqton’s Manufacturing OS, Eplus3D’s customers will have full transparency and traceability across the production workflow through manufacturing execution system (MES) and machine monitoring (IoT) capabilities – helping to increase efficiencies and providing greater peace of mind. By leveraging AI, Oqton’s Manufacturing OS automates the end-to-end workflow, from initial design to preparing files for production which can help significantly reduce person-power requirements. Oqton’s software also includes high-density layered nesting and interlocking 3D nesting of removable partial denture (RPD) frames allowing to fit significantly more parts, as well as optimized support strategies that require less post-processing time and thus help maximize productivity. The Manufacturing OS also enables scheduling and planning for a customer’s workforce, machines, and material, across multiple production sites with full version history to facilitate regulatory compliance, a press release explains.
“We’re excited to officially recognize Eplus3D as a trusted partner amongst a host of forward-thinking industry leaders,” said Kris Wouters, general manager – healthcare, Oqton. “We are impressed with their commercial success based on the metal 3D printing technology they’ve developed, and its ability to help dental labs produce patient-specific devices such as crowns, bridges, and RPD frames. As we move forward, we will continue to deepen our technical collaboration, further helping customers achieve desired results with improved productivity while maintaining regulatory compliance.”
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