Smartphone-Powered 3D Printing, Big Visions for Digital Dentistry and Hybrid Manufacturing in Focus for Taiwan’s T3D and Inteware

Taiwan is home to a strong advanced technology sector, and one that has been embracing 3D printing at increasing rates. As additive manufacturing continues to expand its capabilities, strength in research and applications will continue to drive the industry as a whole forward. Resin- and metal-based 3D printing systems in particular have seen strong growth lately in systems both big and small, as advances offer new levels of both performance and cost-effectiveness.

If someone were to mention using a smartphone to power 3D printing, your first thought might just be, “Oh, no” — particularly if you’re familiar with the ONO (originally OLO) 3D printer, which hit Kickstarter last year with big promises of low prices in resin-based 3D printing. To be fair, there may still be something there for ONO; the company is providing updates of solutions to problems that have long delayed production of an actual product. Shortly after we first heard about the ONO project, though, we learned about a similar effort from Taiwan.

T3D, a spin-off from National Taiwan University of Science and Technology (NTUST), highlighted its smartphone-powered 3D printer at Inside 3D Printing Shanghai 2015. The work behind this resin-based 3D printing effort has been ongoing since 2012, and the T3D SLA 3D printer hit Kickstarter this September. The campaign was successful, raising $160,093 — and the 3D printer demonstrably works.

I recently caught up with Jeng-Ywan Jeng, PhD, the founder of Taiwan 3D Tech, LLC, in Frankfurt, where the T3D team were showcasing their creations at formnext. He introduced me to the 3D printer which, while not running during our chat, had created plenty of sample prints available for a hands-on look at the unique SLA offering. It takes a lot these days for a new 3D printer, especially a small one funded via Kickstarter, to truly stand out — but T3D manages this with grace. The smartphone 3D printer, Jeng explained, can cure a 100 micron layer in 15 seconds; it features Bluetooth connectivity and uses a patented UV-curable resin.

“The idea is to use only a smartphone, no PC; we use this light for its energy to do something. We have already proved it can be done,” he told me.

“There are several thousand models in the cloud, in the app. These download to the smartphone to print. The phone has Bluetooth connection and fixes for alignment. That is critical for this, with a 100 micron layer. The patented resin is very stable, offering repeatable layers and sharp finishing… One drop of resin can cure by sunlight in one second.”

While a smartphone inherently limits build volume — which is 16.0 x 7.6 x 8.5 cm — Jeng pointed to a larger build, a fairly whimsical blue-and-green T-rex, as an example of how the software can allow for larger sizes of prints made in parts for assembly. The skeleton’s color scheme drew up one of the traits that truly makes T3D a standout: multi-color SLA 3D printing.

“We are the only one in the world to do this,” Jeng continued. “We use these rotating vats of colors. We are also the only one to glue the resin tank together, with a special thin film to make the system very simple for contact printing, and we use a disposable injection molded vat. Alignment is automated for builds.”

The hardware and software components of T3D’s setup are open source. The rotation table that allows for vat switching for multi-color prints can additionally be employed to use the phone’s built-in camera as a 3D scanner. Key to the system T3D is working with is focus on accessibility and affordability; using the integrated features of today’s smartphone technology allows a user to take advantage of features they already have that can be part of an ultimately low-cost 3D printing and 3D scanning setup.

“Using the energy and the camera of a smartphone, and shared economics — this is why this machine is only $300 US. You have all these sources from your smartphone,” Jeng said.

Since we spoke at formnext, Jeng has shared the news that the T3D smartphone 3D printer has also seen its first successful prints outside of the research lab as the machine comes into real-world use, as earlier this week the first prototype machines were sent to the first 50 Kickstarter backers.

Jeng and his team have extensive experience, and are using this to continue to innovate. For next year, he noted the ambition to introduce “even more innovative 3D printing,” as his vision extends well beyond desktop SLA technology. He noted that they are connecting with Bluetooth to control the Z-axis of an FFF machine, again keeping costs down. Work will continue with a focus on “shared economics for innovative 3D printing.”

“You already have a smartphone — we connect to use that to print,” he said.

For more than 25 years, Jeng has been focused on research, informing his work both as the head of T3D and as a Distinguished Professor and Founder of EMRD / CTO Program in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at NTUST, as well as the President of Additive Manufacturing Association Taiwain. Among technologies he has explored have been DED, laser melting — before learning about SLM technology — and hybrid laser selective work bringing together laser melting and CNC machining.

In 2000, he published a paper on advanced technologies in dentistry, focusing on scanning teeth and a 3D printed dental crown, as he has kept at the forefront of digitization across various real-world applications.

At the T3D booth at formnext, I also had the opportunity to meet Dr. Hong-Tzong (Edward) Yau, Founder and CTO of Inteware, for a conversation about digital dentistry and how he has been working for the last 10-15 years to bring 3D printing and dentistry together.

“I already believed 3D printing was very significant for digital dentistry; you see here many people with dental backgrounds — we see this almost better for us than a dental show. People are here for solutions. We are adding value to 3D printing. We believe the value is in patient-specific applications,” Dr. Yau told me.

“15 years ago, every crown was done by hand, then CNC milled; now, more than 50% are still milled. I believe every dental office and dental lab will have a 3D printer — not every house, but every dental lab.”

Dr. Hong-Tzong (Edward) Yau, Founder and CTO of Inteware

Today, Inteware 3D prints temporary crowns, aligners, surgical guides, models, splints: “everything that had been done by hand,” Dr. Yau explained.

“Almost all dental applications require use of 3D scanning, 3D printing, customized software. Digital dentistry is going through a revolution, I believe. It will still be going through this for 10 to 15 years. It is changing a lot of things. What we are seeing is really changing society, helping more people,” he said.

These changes will come from a variety of applications, though dentistry has long been showing itself a viable, valuable proving ground for adoption of advanced technologies. Jeng supported Dr. Yau’s assertions regarding rising adoption directly into lab settings, noting barriers that still exist for previously-hyped applications such as home use, the biggest of which remains high entry prices.

“3D printing — who will use it?” Jeng asked rhetorically. “It is challenging for the maker or consumer. The maker is a poor guy, he can’t have expensive machines or materials. Here, he needs DLP, needs top-down methods. He doesn’t care about accuracy or functionality, he cares about cost.”

In manufacturing, of course, the considerations are different.

“When we’re talking about manufacturing, we need to compete with current production technologies, like injection molding. What we call hybrid is the key feature of manufacturing — you need accuracy, speed, functional properties for injection molding. These accuracies are defined in the mold. The hybrid of accuracy is concerned with mold and speed,” he continued.

“For additive manufacturing, a laser is a single source of energy. If you need a smaller size for accuracy, you may lose speed; SLA is the same, accuracy needs to be small. This is good for rapid prototyping, but not for direct digital printing. For digital manufacturing, you need hybrid. It’s like HP looks at it — divide patterns, create definition via inkjet. Other production technology is DLP, where resolution is controlled for each image. Resolution follows very strong lines. For DLP, though, pixel number is limited. We can print five cubic centimeters with good resolution, but what kind of mass production can we have with that? We need a larger pixel size.”

Jeng (R) with a member of the T3D team at formnext 2017

Jeng shared his thoughts on several 3D printing technologies’ abilities to scale, as laser-based technologies can see multi-laser systems and FFF systems will increasingly see multi-head units — but the underlying message across any of these technologies is hybridity. Bringing together resolution/accuracy and speed in one manufacturing process is the goal for any production system, along with the use of materials with functional properties.

“If we really want to go to digital manufacturing, it must be hybrid or it’s out,” Jeng said. “We need selective laser creating with CNC to maintain accuracy and speed together. I believe this is right.”

He noted that several newer entrants in metals are incorporating hybrid thinking into their latest product introductions, and that this will increase the competition for more established metal additive manufacturing suppliers.

As 3D printing continues to become a more production-oriented technology and integrate meaningfully with subtractive processes to create end-use products, forward thinking will continue to be necessary. We’ll be keeping in touch with Jeng and the teams in Taiwan to learn more about the future of hybrid thinking, smartphone-powered SLA 3D printing, and more thoughts about the future of technology and manufacturing.

Discuss T3D, Inteware, digital dentistry, smartphone 3D printers, and other 3D printing topics at 3DPrintBoard.com or share your thoughts in the comments below.

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How to Find Greenwood Village Housing

If you are looking for housing options in Greenwood Village, you have many different opportunities to find just the right place for your needs. The problem is, there may be a number of different choices and you may have a difficulty deciding on which one is right for you. The following information can help you to choose the best Greenwood Village housing and to do it in the shortest amount of time possible.

One important factor for choosing housing in any location is always going to be your budget. It is estimated that you should spend about 20% of your overall budget on housing costs, regardless of whether it is rent or mortgage. Some people who do not have a lot of extra expenses may be able to spend as much as 30%, although that is something that needs to be decided on a case-by-case basis.

You would also want to consider the specific area within Greenwood Village where you are looking for housing. The difference between one street and another can sometimes make a difference in your commute time and how much time you are spending away from home. Be sure to look around at the options available and you will be sure to find one that is right for your needs.

Finally, if you are purchasing a home in Greenwood Village, be sure you talk to a real estate agent. They are always going to provide you with the best options available and can give you some guidance as to what might be ready for purchase in the area. Some of this research can be done on your own but in many cases, you will find it best to use a real estate agent. When you put your mind to it, you can find the proper home for your family and move in quickly.

Nexa3D, BEGO and XYZprinting Form Strategic Partnership to Accelerate the Transformation of Digital Dentistry

FRANKFURT, Germany, Nov. 14, 2017 /PRNewswire/ Nexa3D, the maker of ultra-fast Stereolithography professional-grade 3D printers, BEGO, the leading provider of digital and traditional dental materials, 3D printers and services together withXYZprinting, the world’s leading desktop 3D printer brand, today announced the groundbreaking three-way partnership designed to transform digital dentistry and successfully access this multi-billion dollar opportunity.

Under this agreement BEGO will exclusively market and sell, under its own label, a special purpose high-speed Nexa3D dental printer that will be solely manufactured by XYZprinting. BEGO will also market and sell other XYZprinting products under its label all supplied with BEGO’s most advanced digital materials. Nexa3D will exclusively develop the required technology and products for this partnership.

"This comprehensive three-way strategic alliance is designed to accelerate dental market access to affordable industrial grade 3D printing solutions globally," said XYZprinting CEO, Simon Shen. "We believe that cutting-edge digital materials coupled with precision, speed and top quality manufactured products are the name of the game in the world of digital dentistry. We are honored to be part of such a powerfulalliance with BEGO and Nexa3D and to together transform digital dentistry as we know it."

"For over decades BEGO has been pioneering digital dentistry through our leading digital materials, our expertise in dental fabrication techniques, print services and more recently our very own 3D printer Varseo, that has already become an industry favorite," said BEGO’s Managing Partner, Christoph Weiss. "Today we are taking another significant step towards making professional dental printing affordable and fast thanks to this important partnership with complementary expertise and technologies."

"This powerful three-way partnership is sure to change the face of digital dentistry as we know it," said Nexa3D executive Chairman, Avi Reichental. "The BEGO 3D printers that we will jointly bring to market are powered by Nexa3D’s proprietary Lubricant Sublayer Photo-curing (LSPc) technology and a patented structured light matrix capable of reaching top speeds of 1 cm per minute. This can drastically cut down 3D printing cycles, from hours to minutes literally transforming the cycle and economics for the dental industry."

The three partner companies expect to achieve full commercial status during the second half of 2018.

Come to see the Nexa3D printer in action in the XYZprinting stand at FormNext, the largest exhibition and conference on the future of additive manufacturing, Nov. 14-17, Frankfurt, Germany.

About XYZprinting:

XYZprinting is a leading global provider of comprehensive 3D printing solutions. XYZprinting is the number one global brand in desktop 3D printing products and services and is now moving decisively into the industrial additive manufacturing arena. XYZprinting is backed by the world’s leading electronic manufacturing conglomerate, New Kinpo Group, which earns more than 36 billion dollars revenues annually and has more than 8,500 engineers in research and development across four continents. With nearly two decades of design and manufacturing experience, New Kinpo Group is a recognized manufacturer of many of today’s printers for both personal and commercial use. For more information about XYZprinting: pro.xyzprinting.com.

About BEGO:

BEGO as a family-owned company, now run in its fifth generation, is a leading global provider of digital and traditional dental materials, devices, services and 3D printing solutions. BEGO has been a pioneer in dental 3D printing with the Selective Laser Melting (SLM) for over 15 years and holds many patents. BEGO also brings years of 3D printing experience especially in labside 3D printing with resins, including the development of its own 3D printers Varseo and Varseo S and the commercialization of several dental 3D printing materials that meet regulatory requirements for medical use worldwide. BEGO’s portfolio of 3D printing materials allows dental professionals to produce dental models, drilling templates, occlusal splints, CAD/Cast partial denture frames, individual impression trays, long-term temporary crowns and bridges with enhanced speed, precision and efficiency and lower costs compared to conventional procedures. For more information about BEGO: www.bego.com

About Nexa3D:

NEXA3D is making ultrafast industrial-grade Stereolithography 3D printers available affordable to professionals and businesses of all sizes. The company’s printers are powered by proprietary Lubricant Sublayer Photo-curing (LSPc) technology and patented structured light matrix capable of reaching top speeds of 1 cm per minute, drastically reducing 3D printing cycles of precision functional parts from hours to minutes. For more information about Nexa3D: www.nexa3d.com.

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Learn What Modern Dentistry Can Do For You

Doolin Haddad Advanced Dentistry, a Rochester, Michigan, dental practice focusing on cosmetic, implant and restorative dentistry and serving the greater Rochester area for more than 25 years, invites the community to an informative update on new cosmetic and restorative dental options that enhance overall health and wellness. Dr. Kurt Doolin, Dr. Jeff Haddad and Dr. Marco Tironi will present "Learn What Modern Dentistry Can Do for You" on Wednesday, Nov. 29, 6:30 p.m.–8 p.m. at the OPC, 650 Letica Dr., Rochester. The event is free and open to the public.

"Overall quality of life depends on good oral health, but many people don’t know what that means beyond getting regular dental check-ups," Dr. Kurt Doolin explained. "For example, conditions that impact overall health, such as sleep apnea, recurring headaches, TMJ and snoring, can be alleviated and often resolved with modern restorative dental treatment options."

"Cosmetic dentistry also enhances overall health," Dr. Jeff Haddad added. "With teeth that properly support a person’s face, the result is a more youthful and pleasant appearance. This in turn gives individuals a new sense of confidence and positively impacts how they are received and how they interact with the public."

Both dentists believe that increased education on the benefits of a healthy smile, wanting to have a business edge, improved quality of life and even social media are key motivators behind the increase in teeth whitening, dental implants, smile makeovers and restorative dentistry.

Topics Doolin Haddad dentists will cover in the presentation are:

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Time: 6:30 p.m.–8 p.m.

Location: OPC, 650 Letica Drive, Rochester

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Event is free and all ages are welcome! Light refreshments will be served.

To learn more about Doolin Haddad Advanced Dentistry and the restorative and cosmetic dental services offered at the practice, visit www.discoverdh.com.

Doolin Haddad Advanced Dentistry was founded in Rochester in 1990 by Dr. Kurt Doolin. Dr. Jeff Haddad joined the practice in 2002. In addition to their dental school training, both Drs. Doolin and Haddad are fellows of The Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies and lecture nationally on implants, TMJ, and restorative and cosmetic dentistry. Marco Tironi, D.D.S. joined Doolin Haddad Advanced Dentistry in 2013; the practice has 13 team members. Discover Health. Discover Happiness. Discover How. DiscoverDH. To learn more, visit www.discoverdh.com.

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Debbie’s Deals: How to see Colorado state parks and national parks for free

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Want to visit a Colorado state park or a national park for free? We can help!

Colorado State Parks

While the state parks sell entrance passes good for one day or one year, you can also get a free pass at 287 libraries across the state.

Each library in the "Check Out Colorado State Parks Program" has two passes to loan out and two "adventure" backpacks. The passes are good for up to seven days. The backpacks have park information and educational activities.

Learn more about the program here and find a participating library here. Learn more about the state parks here.

National Parks

National Parks offer free entry on several days each year and the next free days are November 11 and 12. Read more here.

If you have a fourth grader in your household, they can get a free national parks pass through the Every Kid in a Park program.

If you see a freebie or deal, please e-mail me Debbie (Debbie@thedenverchannel.com).

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Greenwood Village Apartments for Rent

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Greenwood Village is a small suburban community about ten miles south of downtown Denver. Commuting to Denver is fairly painless—about thirty minutes by car or rail service via the E line. Greenwood Village contains several decently-sized parks and borders the enormous Cherry Creek State Park, a sprawling wooded area packed with trails, a dog park, model airplane field, and the Cherry Creek Reservoir. Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre on the south side of town brings major national touring acts on a regular basis, and provides one of the best outdoor venues in the state.

Rent Trends

As of October 2017, the average apartment rent in Greenwood Village, CO is $1,533 for one bedroom, $1,818 for two bedrooms, and $2,478 for three bedrooms. Apartment rent in Greenwood Village has increased by 3.5% in the past year.

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Same Day Crowns Now Offered by Sacramento Dentistry Group

The Sacramento Dentistry Group recently purchased the Ceramill Motion 2. This countertop milling machine can form all sorts of dental appliances using digital technology. Keeping the system in-house guarantees superior delivery for our patients.

Sacramento, CA, October 13, 2017 (Newswire.com) – The Sacramento Dentistry Group has introduced same day crowns and restorations to their downtown practice with the purchase of a Ceramill Motion 2, by Amann Girrbach. This digitally controlled mill shapes metal and ceramic ingots into precisely fit dental appliances. The Motion 2 carves out dentures, veneers, dental implants, bridges, crowns, inlays and overlays right inside our offices, finishing within 24 hours.

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Using the Ceramill Motion 2 requires the dentist to first create a digital impression of the teeth. The Sacramento Dentistry Group does this with the iTero digital intraoral scanner. After the images are uploaded, dental software provides the exact dimensions of the restoration needed by the patient.

One the design for the appliance is confirmed, the Motion 2 is loaded with a blank ingot of material, based on the needs of the client. Depending on the shape, size and type of restoration, the Motion 2 shapes it using a lathe or by milling the base material. The time required depends on the size of the project.

In-house milling offers many advantages. If the oral images are somehow imperfect, this is immediately noticed and corrected. Patient wait times for their permanent repairs are significantly reduced. The dentist and client are no longer hostage to the dental lab’s schedule. One dentist controls the entire production process from beginning to end, ensuring accuracy and efficiency.

To experience the Ceramill Motion 2 by seeing it in action, come to the downtown office of the Sacramento Dentistry Group. The need for any type of dental restoration can be fulfilled in house with this amazing device from the internationally recognized designer and production company Amann Girrbach. Contact us by calling 916-538-6900.

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Industry Veteran Thad Dupper Appointed CEO of Secure64

GREENWOOD VILLAGE, Colo., Oct. 4, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Secure64, the leading provider of Genuinely Secure DNS servers and DNS-based security solutions, today announced that Thad Dupper has been appointed Chief Executive Officer and will join the company’s Board of Directors. Joe Gersch, the former CEO, has retired from the company.

Well-known within the technology industry, Mr. Dupper is an experienced CEO, having led both start-ups and public companies. Most recently, Mr. Dupper was Chairman and CEO of Evolving Systems. Prior to that, Mr. Dupper held leadership positions at Terabeam; Expand Beyond, a Menlo Ventures company; and Teradata, where he was an early member of the management team.

"We are very pleased to welcome Thad to our team as Secure64 continues to execute our aggressive growth plan," said Steve Goodbarn, Co-founder and Chairman of Secure64. "Thad’s proven track record with technology start-ups and growing companies is a perfect fit for Secure64 as we accelerate and execute our growth strategy. I also want to thank Joe Gersch for all of his contributions to the company’s success. We wish him well in his future endeavors," added Goodbarn.

"I am very pleased to be joining the Secure64 team, especially at this time when cyber security has become a critical issue that every company Board is having to address," said Dupper. "Secure64 has been a leader in enabling network operators, enterprises and governments to protect their DNS infrastructures from DDoS and other network attacks and intrusions."

About Secure64

Secure64 brings trust to the internet through its suite of purpose-built, secure, DNS-based network security products. The company was built on a foundation of security and has forged solutions that are self-protecting and immune to malware. Secure64 secures the DNS infrastructures of leading service providers, government agencies and enterprises globally.

Secure64 is a privately held company founded by technology and financial veterans and boasts deep technical and global experience in its leadership and staff. It is the only DNS solution provider that has authored a secure micro OS, automated the deployment of DNSSEC and built self-protecting DNS servers. For more information, visit www.secure64.com

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BEST DENTIST – Cohil Family Dentistry

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Cohil Family Dentistry

A confident smile can make all the difference, which is why Dr. Kirk Cohil and the team at Cohil Family Dentistry take pride in their dentistry. Since 1999, their Apopka office has served children and adults from all over Central Florida. With a goal to create “healthy, functional, natural-looking smiles,” the office specializes in general and cosmetic dentistry including implants, dental surgery, extractions, Invisalign, porcelain crowns, bridges, dentures, veneers, root canals, and emergency dental care. Knowing that time and functionality are key factors when it comes to dental emergencies, Dr. Cohil and his staff use only well-crafted implant technology from full zirconia bridges to overdentures and hybrid dentures. So no matter what dental dilemma pops up, you’ll have that carefree smile back in no time.

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