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Ivorclar Prograprint PR5 3D-printer specification & resin

Ivoclar was founded in Zurich, Switzerland, in 1923. The Ivoclar company has been domiciled in the Principality of Liechtenstein since the 1930s and opened the first international subsidiary in Germany in 1954. In the 1960s Ivoclar focussed on development of predosed, mechanically mixable tooth filling and cementation materials in capsules and launched a new generation of artificial teeth. After years of R&D, Ivoclar is well known from their IPS e.max lithium disilicate glass-ceramic which was introduced around 2005. Today’s focus is more on digital dentistry; Digital workflows involve intraoral scanners for digital impression taking as well as digital manufacturing equipment, such as milling and 3D printing machines. In this article we outline the printer specifications and dental resin compatible with the Ivoclar PrograPrint PR5 resin 3D-printer.

 

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About the Ivoclar Prograprint PR5 dental resin 3D-printer.

If you look online, there is not much details to find on this printer, therefore we have gathered informatin from several websites and manuals to have a complete view on this page.

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Image by Ivoclar: The Ivoclar Prograprint PR5 dental resin 3D-printer (middle) and the washing and curing stations on the right and left

 

Ivoclar Prograprint PR5 dental 3D-printer specifications.

Key features of the Ivoclar PrograPrint PR5

  • – Printer type                                     DLP
  • – Wavelength                                    388nm
  • – Projector resolution                        2560 x 1600
  • – XY resolution                                  49 microns
  • – Light intensity                                 16mW/cm2
  • – Build volume (L*W*H)                    125.44 * 78.4 (L * W)

Looking at the printer specifications of the Ivoclar PrograPrint PR5 we were concerned it was quite similar to all other ~385nm DLP printers in the market like Asiga, Rapid Shape and Dentsply Sirona and others. But there are some minor differences. The system seems closed to 3rd party resins, so you are currently limited to the three resins that Ivoclar provides. The interesting part of this machine is that it uses a larger projector (seems a TI DLP9000 chipset) of 2560 x 1600 pixels. Which yields a higher accuracy with the same build area as its compatitors, or yield a bigger build area with a similar accuracy. The 388nm light source is suitable for a wide range of UV resins to cure and the light intensity should be high enough to support fast printing.

 

Ivoclar PrograPrint PR5 compatible resin.

The Ivoclar PrograPrint PR5 dental resin 3D-printer seems completely closed. From the documentation provided by Ivoclar it seems that the printer only works with their own cardridges which are chipped with an RFID tag. But their post-processing unit is open for other materials (which is difficult to prevent). This strategy will help smoothen the workflow and creates a better environment for good results, but also limits users for experimenting or working with different and more affordable resins. Although Liqcreate resins work perfectly fine on 385nm or 388nm DLP printers, with closed systems it is a different story. There is a big chance that you can’t run our resins on it as adjustments to the settings are not allowed by users. Contact us if you have any questions or when you need help with settings for open resin based 3D-printers.

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