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New York-based 3D printing bureau Voodoo Manufacturing, has launched Voodoo Clear Aligners, a new dental manufacturing and distribution service, for its first partnering direct-to-consumer brand Smilelove.
Coinciding with the launch is the expansion of its high-volume 3D printing factory in Brooklyn. This new wing of Formlabs 3D printers will enable Voodoo to manufacture and ship over 20,000 unique orthodontic clear aligners each month in the future.
Voodoo - Manufacturing - Market - Core - Strengths
“Voodoo Manufacturing has identified a market that aligns with their core strengths in scaling additive manufacturing as a service,” said Luke Winston, Chief Business Officer at Formlabs. “They’ve selected Formlabs as their hardware engine because it provides the ability to scale their fleet and turn around jobs faster.”
3D printed clear aligners. Image via Voodoo.
Care - US
Accelerating dental care in the U.S.
According to the National Health and Examination Survey, 65% of Americans could benefit from orthodontic treatment, but many never receive it due to the high cost and low accessibility. Having one’s teeth straightened not only offers cosmetic benefits, but properly aligned teeth are also easier to clean. This could help in the prevention of plaque, bacteria, and cavities.
Dentures - Skill - Profession - Efficiencies - Affordability
Making dentures traditionally is a very high skill, labor-intensive profession. Thus, efficiencies and affordability gained through digital workflows and 3D printing allow for better care and accessibility to treatment. Various additive manufacturing techniques such as Stereolithography (SLA), Mask Stereolithography (MSLA), and Digital Light Processing (DLP) have been explored for the production of clear aligners.
Voodoo’s 3D printed dental molds. Photo via Voodoo.
Voodoo - Clear - Aligners - Aligners - Direct-to-consumer
Voodoo Clear Aligners produces and distributes 3D printed clear orthodontic aligners for direct-to-consumer (DtC) brands. Through high-resolution 3D printing, Voodoo’s molds are reportedly highly accurate with barely visible layer lines and minimal print artifacts. Moreover, full customization is enabled through Voodoo’s precision robotic trimming process.
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