DEARBORN, Mich., May 3, 2019 — EnvisionTEC, a leading global manufacturer of desktop and full-production 3D printers and materials, and uLab Systems, a creator of aligner planning software, are proud to announce a strategic partnership to simplify aligner planning and production for orthodontic professionals. Both companies will be exhibiting at the American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) 119th Annual Session and will be offering an exclusive hardware and software bundle to celebrate their collaboration.
uLab software imports patient 3D digital scans and allows orthodontists to develop a movement plan chairside in as little as 10 minutes. The software then exports a file to 3D print a dental model to create aligner trays and retainers. uLab originally validated EnvisionTEC’s Vida and Micro XL 3D printers in early 2018 and worked closely with EnvisionTEC to validate EnvisionTEC’s now best-selling 3D printer, the Envision One cDLM prior to its release at the beginning of this year.
“We were attracted to the speed and ease of use of the Envision One,” said Charlie Wen, Chief Technological Officer and President of uLab Systems, “It will allow our customers the ability to easily transfer their cases directly to a powerful 3D printing solution capable of printing 6 horseshoe arches for clear aligners in 15 minutes. Providing the highest quality patient care is now faster and more streamlined.”
The two companies went beyond the validation and worked on simplifying the integration, including a one-touch functionality that will allow clinicians to move from the planning software directly to the 3D printer with the touch of a button. Scheduled for an upcoming software update, this one-touch integration will complement the Envision One’s user-friendly interface.
“From the very earliest development plans for the Envision One, our goal was to make fast production effortless,” said Al Siblani, Chief Executive Officer of EnvisionTEC. “The Envision One has an exceptionally friendly UI, but without an equally friendly treatment planning software, adoption was still limited to those orthodontists already familiar with digital orthodontics. This collaboration allows for an intuitive experience throughout the entire process and we are excited to see what this means for the orthodontic industry as a whole.”
EnvisionTEC is a leading global provider of professional-grade 3D printing solutions. Founded in 2002 with its pioneering commercial DLP printing technology, EnvisionTEC now sells more than 40 printer configurations based on six distinct technologies that build objects from digital design files. The company’s premium 3D printers serve a variety of medical, professional and industrial markets, and are valued for precision, surface quality, functionality and speed.
About uLab Systems
uLab is led by entrepreneurs and technologists committed to serving the orthodontic community and their patients by giving control back to orthodontists. uLab Systems is located in Redwood City, CA and was founded in 2015 by Charlie Wen and Amir Abolfathi.