August 18, 2021 3 min read
The Tech Details behind 3D Printers - Part 3
And to wrap up this three part series, we'll take another look at resolution, accuracy and precision - showing the clear difference between the three and supplying all the information you need to become a dental 3D printing pro.
On a first glance, high-accuracy and high-precision sound like they mean the exact same thing.
Here’s the thing: you can be the most precise dart player on the planet. But you end up losing every game, because you always precisely hit triple 1. An accurate dart player would aim for the bullseye and hit the bullseye (or at least close to it) three times in a row.
Precise 3D printing means that you have a first result that you’d like to replicate multiple times and you have the ability to do so. Precision equals reliability or consistency. I want to achieve similarly accurate results each time and not attempt to print the same dental application again and all of a sudden have a very different result with my second or third print.
So is my 3D printer able to achieve these results? Is it reliable enough? Those are the questions you need to ask yourself.
But just as with most tech specs for 3D printing, precision is not just determined by the 3D printer. The choice of resin has an impact on the precision of your outcomes as well, therefore, opting for high-precision/high-quality resins will most likely result in better results. This is mostly due to the quality control mechanisms that premium resin manufacturers apply to all their products and in the case of resins, they especially focus on the batch consistency.
At Ackuretta, we've put rigorous quality monitoring protocols in place for our resins and our 3D printers to control factors, such as precision. Even though these added tests are time-consuming, they are necessary to be able to fulfill our promise of providing reliable dental 3D printers. Because, especially in dentistry, precision is vital.
Part 2 of this 3 part series discusses just that - dental 3D printing accuracy. What does it mean and what are the major influences, but here’s a quick overview of it.
... impacts the smoothness of the 3D print. With a lower pixel size, you can achieve more intricate 3D prints.
If you aim for really fine prints, a lower layer thickness might be better, but that tends to increase the printing time. There are few 3D printers that can effectively compensate. However, with SOL by Ackuretta, there's no need to compromise on speed.
... based on the values we expect from the previously made design (= that's the true value). If my print is 99% accurate that means that there is only a very slight variation. If my print is only 70% accurate, then I have some significant difference from the true value.
Precision is the repeatability of a 3D print - can I achieve the same result with each time I print the same file.
It's our goal to offer tools to any dental professional that is thinking about investing in a dental 3D printer. Choosing the right one for you isn't easy, but we want to make it a little simpler by offering you insight into the tech jargon and explaining the technology that stands behind 3D printing. In this 3 part series, we're discussing XY Resolution, Accuracy and Precision - and here's part 2 about Dental 3D Printing and Accuracy.