Dental 3D Printing & Prices - What Should I Expect to Invest?

July 07, 2021 2 min read

When buying a 3D printing system for a dental lab or clinic, there is a wide price range and numerous manufacturers that all claim to manufacture high-quality 3D printers. But not all of them offer specialized dental 3D printers. We’re here to help you figure out which type of printer suits your needs & how much you can expect to pay.


To answer which type of printer you should purchase, we first must determine your purpose for buying a printer. Will you need a ...


  • Specialized dental 3D printers for dental labs and clinics
  • 3D printer for non-biocompatible applications
  • A Printer for high-volume production of dental applications

1 Printing dental applications for clinics and labs

The key component of 3D printing for dental purposes is the  biocompatibility of the application. As a dental professional, you must ensure that your patients’ safety is guaranteed and that can only be achieved by investing in a system with a  complete validated workflow. This starts with purchasing user-friendly software and   biocompatible medical-grade resins. And must end with a  suitable curing and cleaning process. This last step has been optimized by adding   3D print washers and UV ovens to yield a plug-and-play biocompatible result. 

The price of such comprehensive systems starts at  $5000 USD and goes up to $20,000 USD. 

Ackuretta manufactures specialized dental 3D printers and offers ideal all-round solutions for dental professionals:

Ackuretta dental 3D printing ecosystem, SOL 3D printer, resins, cleani dual tank washer, Curie uv oven, Alpha 3D slicing software

 

2 Hobby DIY 3D Printing (not for medical usage)

If accuracy is less of a concern to you, because your prints are not intended for medical usage and you are only producing simple models, then you can opt for a cheaper system ranging from  $1000 USD to $ 5000 USD.

 

3 Aligner Production

Aligners are the highest volume application in dentistry as a basic aligner case requires 20 printed dental models. Thus, to produce one case, one would need to purchase one printer capable of high production volume or multiple smaller ones. Either way, the initial cost will be significantly higher than for the previous cases.


A customer in search of a low-cost solution may end up investing up to $5,000 USD.


But for a workhorse industrial performance solution, one can expect to invest between  $10,000 USD and $25,000 USD. Such solutions could be used for over 5 years and include frequent software upgrades and typically comprehensive customer support. 

Smiling woman holding up a clear aligner

For more information on 3D printer pricing and the difference in the various price segments, you can visit our website's blog.

 

 


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