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Stratasys and 3Shape introduce new automated digital color workflow for accurate 3D printed models.

aaron pearson
Aaron Pearson December 13, 2022
December 13, 2022

Unique seamless workflow, from intraoral scan to the J5 DentaJet 3D printer, unlocks the full geometric and color capabilities of PolyJet technology for dentistry. 

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EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. & REHOVOT, Israel – Stratasys Ltd. (NASDAQ: SSYS) and 3Shape today announced a new automated 3D printing color workflow using 3Shape’s Dental System software and the Stratasys J5 DentaJet™ 3D printer. Using an intraoral scanner and 3Shape’s software, dental labs can capture both color and geometric information of patient’s mouth. Users of Stratasys’ 3D printer can then import the data and print extremely accurate personalized full-color dental models.

“In dentistry, detailed attention to aesthetics is critical, but accurately matching tooth color in particular is tricky and time-consuming,” says Rune Fisker, 3Shape Senior Vice President for Product Strategy. “For the first time, we’re automating that entire workflow for customers using 3Shape and the J5 DentaJet printer. Dental labs will be able to easily harness the full capabilities of the only dental printer able to create highly realistic replicas of the patient’s mouth from a TRIOS scan.”

The J5 DentaJet 3D printer enables dental professionals to scale production by printing large mixed batches of dental parts – including implant models, surgical guides and gingiva masks – at the same time on the same tray. PolyJet™ technology ensures geometric accuracy and precision for these printed dental applications and is renowned for its full-color printing capabilities, including realistic monolithic full-color dental parts. 

The unique new digital workflow offered through 3Shape enables users to fully leverage these combined capabilities. 3Shape Dental System delivers a best-in-class workflow and seamless connection between dental practices and dental labs. The latest software version 2022.1 now includes support for the open 3MF file standard, capturing both geometry and color information from the intraoral scans. 


The darker color of a tooth stump and the translucency of a crown make color matching with the rest of a patient’s teeth a real challenge. Adding 3MF support into 3Shape Dental System lets our customer harness the color capabilities of Stratasys PolyJet 3D printers to easily match a restoration’s true color. This new turnkey color workflow is an important step in expanding the color applications available on the J5 DentaJet platform.

3MF is an increasingly popular open-source file format published by the 3MF Consortium, of which Stratasys is a leading member. The format improves workflow because it includes all model information in one package, even down to voxel level control of the interior and metadata of the model. Stratasys is the only company providing a PANTONE-Validated™ full color, multi-material 3D printer that can take full advantage of the 3MF format’s capabilities. 

More information on full-color, multi-material printing with the J5 DentaJet is available online

About 3Shape

3Shape was founded in 2000 by two people determined to unlock opportunities in 3D digital technology. From two, we’ve grown to over 2,000 – and from our beginning in Denmark, we’re now present in over 100 countries around the world. Our singular purpose remains the same – to advance and connect medical professionals and patients. We drive progress in digital dentistry with groundbreaking, industry-recognized scanners for clinics and labs. And connect dentists and technicians with software workflows that just flow. We advance and coach professionals on every step of their digital journey – helping to truly elevate the customer experience. Our impact is reflected in the results we achieve. Every second of every day, our award-winning products restore the confidence of a patient. Decisively going beyond products, we bring ongoing training and education that not only helps professionals stay relevant, it puts them ahead of the game. We actively advance and connect dentists and lab technicians – the people who are the backbone of the industry.  

Advance. Connect. Together.  

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