Lichtenfels (Germany), March 06, 2017: The brilliant position in the market of Concept Laser, the pioneer of LaserCUSING, is reflected in numerous sectors. In dental technology, the Mlab cusing has since 2011 established an outstanding market position in the small machine segment for the additive manufacturing of patient-specific implants, bridges and crowns. For IDS 2017, Concept Laser is putting its new Mlab cusing 200R at the forefront of its presentation at the trade fair (Hall 10.1, Stand B034). The Mlab cusing 200R scores points in particular for its rapid build rate and its attractive build envelope. But the many other new features are also of great interest to dental laboratories and technicians.
Numerous new references
The compact and powerful Mlab cusing 200R, which was unveiled for the first time at formnext powered by TCT, is already garnering a big response in the market even before the first machine has been delivered, as the example of the dental industry in Spain shows. For instance, the dental laboratories Fresdental (ES), Ziacom (ES) and Deltacadcam (ES) have each already placed at least one order for the new model. ArchimedesPro (ES) announced that it would be ordering an Mlab cusing 200R at the IDS. Such references do not come about by chance, as Oliver Edelmann, Managing Director of Sales & Marketing for Concept Laser, explains: “The Mlab cusing 200R really does set the benchmark in the small machine segment. We have also put all of our expertise in performance, quality, and safety into our smallest machine range.”
Strong performance profile
The new Mlab cusing 200R presents itself to the user with an ergonomic design featuring a space-saving footprint and an intuitively designed display. It is the right machine when it comes to delivering high surface quality and the finest part structures. In comparison to the Mlab cusing R, the “big brother” makes it possible to manufacture even larger components with much greater productivity, without the machine losing any of its familiar compactness. Compared to the previous model, the larger version features an extended build space now measuring 100 x 100 x 100 mm³ (x, y, z), which means the build volume is increased by a full 54%. Three different build envelopes are generally available to the user: 100 x 100 x 100 mm³ (x, y, z), 70 x 70 x 80 mm³ (x, y, z) and 50 x 50 x 80 mm³ (x, y, z). The top version makes it possible to manufacture even larger components, for example multiple-link bridge structures or superstructures. The volume of the build envelope therefore also boosts flexibility and output in production. The doubling of the power of the fiber laser to 200 watts delivers maximum productivity along with a high build rate. Another new feature is a clamping system which enables more accurate component positioning.
Practical plus points: new filter concept, high safety standards and modular structure
In addition, the new Mlab cusing 200R boasts a larger filter, resulting in a considerable reduction in downtimes and thus much greater availability. Special features are the water-floodable filter and the modular structure of the machine. The process chamber and handling section are – as is typical for Concept Laser – physically separate and enable safe and easy part handling. For this purpose, a handling station for loading and unloading the machine is docked on so that the build module can be transferred easily using a drawer principle. The handling station station is then inertized. The operator accesses the station through gloves in order to carry out the loading process or to remove parts. After the end of the process, the build module is “pulled” back into the machine and finally the handling station is undocked. The concept of the closed system was a must-have for the Mlab cusing 200R: All process steps take place under inert gas, shielded from external influences. The whole process can therefore be implemented with the maximum level of quality and safety. This is also guaranteed by the machine’s design in accordance with ATEX directives for safe processing of reactive materials such as titanium and titanium alloys. For the Mlab cusing 200R, Concept Laser now also offers the option of the new, inertized sieving station QM Powder S as a stand-alone unit. The user can apply a variable number of sieves (1 - 3 units). A three-dimensional sieving motion enables optimum utilization of the sieve surface area.
Outlook for the dental industry
The additive metal laser melting process is used to manufacture dental products such as crowns, caps, model castings and secondary structures in an extremely economical way. The main materials used are cobalt-chrome, titanium or precious metal alloys. On account of the standardized production process, unique products for specific patients or small batches can be manufactured with a constantly high level of quality. The opportunities for dental laboratories to enhance the value they offer lie in the reproducibility, the high level of quality, the precision fit, the high output of dental structures with attractive unit costs and their rapid availability. This technology enables them to develop from a specialist skilled business to become a printing center.