Australian dental laboratory Proslab has fully digitalised the manufacture of its cobalt chrome removable partial dentures (RPDs). The laboratory partnered with global engineering company Renishaw, to install what is thought to be the first metal additive manufacturing machine for dental applications in Australia.
Proslab is a full service dental laboratory in Canterbury, Australia. Proslab became the first Australian dental laboratory to bring in CAD/CAM processes for metal frames for dentures.
Proslab turned to global engineering company Renishaw to fully digitalize its manufacturing process using additive manufacturing.
Impressed by the quality of the sample parts, Proslab purchased Renishaw’s AM 400 metal additive manufacturing system. The machine enables the production of removable partial dentures directly from a CAD file, eliminating the additional casting step. Frameworks are built in 40-µ layers of CE marked cobalt chrome powder and built by laser powder bed fusion (PBF), using a high-powered ytterbium fibre laser.
Renishaw also offered ongoing support from Renishaw Oceania, in Mulgrave, Victoria.