May 12, 2015

ClearCorrect Expands Its Fleet of Stratasys Dental 3D Printers, Increasing Production Capacity by 30 Percent

100 percent of ClearCorrect dental models are now 3D printed

Digital dentistry workflow allows prompt scale-up with demand

MINNEAPOLIS & REHOVOT, Israel--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Stratasys Ltd. (Nasdaq:SSYS), a leading global provider of 3D printing and additive manufacturing solutions, announced today that ClearCorrect LLC, a leading manufacturer of clear aligners, has incorporated an additional batch of Objet Eden500V 3D Printers to its sizable fleet of Stratasys 3D Printers. With this addition, ClearCorrect will now realize a 30 percent increase in its capacity to produce custom-made orthodontic aligners.

ClearCorrect has significantly scaled the number of Objet Eden500V 3D Printers it has on site to boo ...

ClearCorrect has significantly scaled the number of Objet Eden500V 3D Printers it has on site to boost its capacity to produce clear aligners. Photo: Stratasys

Stratasys' 3D Printers are a key component of the ClearCorrect manufacturing process. With the use of the Objet Eden500V 3D Printer, the company can quickly print 3D models throughout each step of a patient's orthodontic treatment. The process begins with a digitized scan of a patient's mouth. This scan is used to create accurate 3D printed models, which are then thermoformed with a specially formulated plastic to create custom, clear aligners. When worn, the aligners will apply pressure to the patient's teeth that need to be moved. Every two to three weeks, the patient will begin wearing a new set of aligners to continue the realignment process until treatment is complete.

The additional Stratasys 3D Printers that ClearCorrect has added will benefit their customers by shortening the company's lead times, and also by helping to accommodate rush orders. ClearCorrect's previous investment in the Objet series of 3D Printers has been realized several times over with optimized workflows, faster production, and delivery of clear aligners on a mass scale; all at a lower cost per case.

"Initially we started with just a few 3D printers, and we have quickly transitioned to full production, where 100 percent of our models are now 3D printed," said Jarrett Pumphrey, CEO of ClearCorrect. "We're growing fast and adding more Stratasys 3D Printers to our digital workflow means that we can easily scale up with demand—enabling us to service more doctors with faster delivery times."

Stratasys Objet Eden500V 3D Printers are an integral part of the production of ClearCorrect's clear orthodontic aligners.

Stratasys Objet Eden500V 3D Printers are an integral part of the production of ClearCorrect's clear orthodontic aligners. Photo: Stratasys

"The 3D printers alone are not the only reason for working with Stratasys," added Pumphrey. "Stratasys really stands behind their 3D printers, and we are extremely happy with the dedicated support we receive from their technicians and customer support team."

"We wanted to help the ClearCorrect team take their already booming business to new levels," said Avi Cohen, Director of Global Dental at Stratasys. "The versatility of the Objet Eden500V 3D Printers gives ClearCorrect the ability to efficiently manufacture high quality aligners on a mass scale, expand in existing markets, and enter new markets. The decision to expand their 3D printing operation demonstrates how Stratasys has earned ClearCorrect's trust through reliable performance and customer support."

Stratasys Ltd. (Nasdaq:SSYS), headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota and Rehovot, Israel, is a leading global provider of 3D printing and additive manufacturing solutions. The company's patented FDM® and PolyJet™ 3D Printing technologies produce prototypes and manufactured goods directly from 3D CAD files or other 3D content. Systems include 3D printers for idea development, prototyping and direct digital manufacturing. Stratasys subsidiaries include MakerBot and Solidscape, and the company operates the digital parts manufacturing service, Stratasys Direct Manufacturing. Stratasys has more than 2,800 employees, holds over 600 granted or pending additive manufacturing patents globally, and has received more than 25 awards for its technology and leadership. Online at: www.stratasys.com or http://blog.stratasys.com

Stratasys and Objet are registered trademarks, and Objet Eden500V is a trademark of Stratasys Ltd. and/or its subsidiaries or affiliates. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

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