Bertram Dental Lab (BDL), is an early pioneer in utilizing metal AM to produce Cobalt Chrome Removable Partial Dentures (RPDs) at scale. Since 2016, Bertram Dental Lab has had a long-standing partnership with SLM Solutions, after acquiring its first SLM280 Production Series. Since then, to enable the launch of its LazerTEK Print Service, BDL has installed four more printers. BDL’s mission is to provide its partners with the most consistently fitting, highest-quality wholesale parts. To achieve the level of quality BDL aims to provide to its customers, it relies on the repeatability and productivity of SLM Solutions technology to meet its marketplace’s demands and stringent industry standards.
In partnership with SLM Solutions, Bertram Dental Lab recently launched its LazerTEK Print Service. The LazerTEK Print Service is a metal AM service offered exclusively by Bertram Dental Lab to their USA-based dental lab partners. Through the exclusive use of SLM Solutions printers and LazerTEK partial alloy, BDL provides an RPD print service unmatched in quality, price, turnaround time, and mechanical properties, as documented by independent lab studies. Dental Lab partners need only to upload their completed RPD.stl design files through the BDL LazerTEK print service partner portal to access direct manufacturing. Charlie Grace, Chief Sales Officer at SLM Solutions stated, “The dental industry is arguably one of the oldest identifiers of using AM to enable their business. BDL has successfully displaced casting by leveraging AM to create world-class partials with great efficiency and with the highest quality.”
Tim Bertram, Co-Owner of Bertram Dental Lab commented, “The decision to partner with SLM Solutions was easy in 2016. SLM Solutions was the only AM company solely focused on metal AM and they have continued to be a leader ever since. They pioneered bi-directional recoating, multi-laser systems and their current production series machines have been a game-changer. The production series machines provide everything we need. Automated and closed-loop powder handling reduce labor costs while ensuring safety and maintaining the highest possible alloy properties. The improved gas flow and permanent filter system ensure we can run 24/7 without any decrease in part quality. SLM Solution’s partnerships with industry-leading companies guarantees that BDL will benefit from continued research and development across all levels of metal AM. Thus, enabling our mission.”
Bertram Dental Lab has a solid US national presence, and 98% of their products are RPDs, so scale is critical to their success.
The LazerTEK Print Service reduces dependency on casting consumables and improves product fit and quality. It Improves the overall manufacturing process in a technological age, empowering recruitment potential for new AM talent. The service provides transparency to BDL’s dental lab partners with a digital workflow. Bertram proudly stated, “the days of needing to cast RPDs in-house are over.”
In related news – Biogenic Dental Corporation has recently adopted the use of an EPLUS3D metal printer to fulfill a similar role in the market.
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Author: Edward Wakefield