Questions from ortho lab tech thinking of purchasing Form 2 for dental models

I am a small one-man dental lab that fabricates orthodontic appliances. I am thinking of buying the Form 2 to print dental models to be used for appliance fabrication purposes. For those of you using the Form 2 for this, can you please help me with the following:

  1. What type of software are you using to edit the models before printing (e.g. removing brackets, cleaning up the model, etc)?

  2. For anyone using 3Shape software, did you have to purchase the Model Builder application to be able to edit models as indicated above and then print the models on the Form 2?

  3. Has anyone attempted to use the hi-temp resin to print models for soldered appliances or have any success with other resins in the Form 2 for soldered appliances?

  4. It looks like the grey resin is the most commonly used resin for dental models. Is this the best resin to use for fabricating removable acrylic appliances (salt & pepper method)? It seems like some techs have had issues with getting the acrylic to separate from the model.

Thank you for any advice you can offer.

I’m an orthodontist and have been using the form2 for about 6 months. I use it for models to make vacuum form retainers and aligners. I use 3shape orthoanalyzer for preparing models and doing digital setups. I’ve only used the gray resin and it works well for my purposes.

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