by Rene van der Meer, Lake3D
The start-up Lake3D wants to develop the first 3D Dental printer based on Multi Material 3D inkjet. It uses printheads suited for high temperatures and high viscous materials that make it possible to jet class II medically certified materials that are already being used in traditional 3D (SLA) printers. Combining different materials makes it possible to print objects with the right colour, transparency and mechanical characteristics. This might bring a revolution in 3D printing as colour did in television.
Using their multi resolution multi material voxel workflow Lake3D wants to translate geometrical and textural colour data from intra-oral scanners like those from 3Shape into multi material 3D dental objects that contain depth information. The goal is to mimic nature and to print dental elements that are undistinguishable from real teeth.
Other applications might include medical prosthesis like realistic hands, ears eyes and even faces.
What drives you?
Innovation and especially Multi Material 3D printing.
Why should the delegate attend your presentation?
To learn about a technology that will change the world.
What emerging technologies/trends do you see as having the greatest potential in the short and long run?
Mono Material 3D.
What kind of impact do you expect them to have?
They will largely be replaced by Multi Material 3D.
What are the barriers that might stand in the way?
My latest passion is “making a better world with Multi Material 3D printing”.
About Rene van der Meer
René van der Meer has a Bsc in electronics and has been working almost 30 years in Research and Development for Océ – a Canon company since 2012. He holds several patents in the field of electronics, MEMS and inkjet printing. René developed Océ’s first printhead driver ASIC for a new printhead concept that made it possible to successfully industrialize the CPS700, a productive colour printer/copier. For this he was nominated by Océ Technologies Engineer of the year 2000. As Senior Printhead Architect René has been working on driver electronics and MEMS printheads suitable for graphic arts and industrial printing. The last 2.5 years René has been working on Multi Material 3D Inkjet. With a small team he proved the feasibility of Multi Material 3D inkjet for dental during an EFRO/STIMULUS funded project.
In 2019 he founded Lake3D together with Klaas Wiertzema and Petra Doelman.
With our unique 3D printing technology we handle industrial grade multi-colored / multi-materials. We replace conventional manufacturing processes for an endless number of high tech and high end applications.