Dental models

Stratasys and 3Shape introduce new automated digital colour 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 colour 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 colour 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 colour and geometric information of patient’s mouth. Users of Stratasys’ 3D printer can then import the data and print extremely accurate personalised full-colour dental models.

“In dentistry, detailed attention to aesthetics is critical, but accurately matching tooth colour 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-colour printing capabilities, including realistic monolithic full-colour 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 colour information from the intraoral scans. 


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