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Pearls for Your Practice: Sol 3D printer by Ackuretta

April 12, 2023
Dr. Joshua Austin says, "The Ackuretta Sol is a high-speed, high-precision 3D printer that excels at printing things with fine detail, such as nightguards and restorations."

I love solutions that are one size fits all in my dental practice. My iTero 5D Plus does everything I need a digital scanner to do. I can use it for restorative, ortho, wellness scans, tracking clinical conditions, orthodontic simulation, caries detection, and more.

The problem with one-size-fits-all solutions is that they are few and far between. I thought my 3D printer fit that description until I tried the Sol 3D printer by Ackuretta. It helped me realize that a single 3D printer may not be enough to do everything we need to do.

I have used a 3D printer for a few years. While I mainly use it for models, I also print a lot of nightguards and a few restorations. I felt like the results I got with my regular printer were good, but trying the Ackuretta Sol opened my eyes to the possibilities.

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The Ackuretta Sol is a high-speed, high-precision 3D printer that excels at printing things with fine detail such as nightguards and restorations. Yes, it can print models…but that’s not the best use of its features. In fact, I have never even tried to print a model with it. It has been used exclusively in my office for nightguards and restorations.

The Ackuretta Sol delivers ultra-accurate results thanks to the 54 LEDs inside that operate at 95% light uniformity. What that means for you is a super-well-finished print. In your hands, that looks like a nightguard with a smoother feel and requires much less finishing. That means less time and effort with a better result. I can get behind that. After using the Sol on a few nightguard prints, I realized just how little finishing and polishing time they needed. The support structures printed by the Ackuretta Sol were tiny, thin, and delicate. They snapped off easily and needed much less work with a lathe in the lab to polish down. It cut down finishing and polishing time by 65%.

The same was true of restorations. They became easier to do because they required so much less work after the print was done. This is why I now have two printers in my office: one for models and larger prints, and the Ackuretta Sol for nightguards and restorations.

Another advantage of the Ackuretta Sol is the multiple sizes of build plates. If you’re printing a couple of restorations, you don’t need a large build plate. Those restorations take up a very small footprint. The larger the build plate, the more waves it makes in the resin vat, creating the need for micro pauses to let resin settle. A smaller build plate lowers the need for this, resulting in faster prints when it counts. In fact, most restorations can be printed in about 15 minutes!

This technology can be practice-changing, especially with good support in place. If you’re looking at incorporating 3D printed nightguards and restorations to your practice, the Ackuretta Sol is a great option.

About the Author

Joshua Austin, DDS, MAGD

Joshua Austin, DDS, MAGD, is a graduate and former faculty member of the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio School of Dentistry. Author of Dental Economics’ Pearls for Your Practice column, Dr. Austin lectures nationally on products, dental technology, online reputation management, and social media. He maintains a full-time restorative dentistry private practice in San Antonio, Texas. You may contact Dr. Austin at [email protected].

Updated June 21, 2023

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