InFORM Vacuum Forming Machine
BEYOND Dental & Health
InFORM produces accurate results in processing bleaching trays, sports mouthguards, orthodontic appliances, and other vacuum-formed dental appliances.
BEYOND Dental's InFORM is a powerful vacuum system that delivers excellent detail. Electronic temperature controls and thermostat support symmetrical heating, while a motorized closure, digital timer, and precalibrated settings for the most common uses make operation simple.
Nine evaluators were sent the InFORM vacuum forming machine to review in their practices for 4 weeks. They tested and commented on the accuracy of the results, vacuum strength, the time investment required to fabricate a tray or appliance, and more.
Designed with speed and simplicity in mind, InFORM sports a number of features to help the clinician work as efficiently as possible. The precalibrated settings allow for automatic operation, which means more time spent with patients and less time working with the device.
Ease of use was rated as excellent by 7 evaluators and as good by 2. An evaluator that practices in Georgia said, 'This machine is quick, easy to use, and accurate.' Another evaluator called InFORM a 'very well-designed product that is a marked technological improvement over the old school vacuum forming machines.' Six of the evaluators cited ease of use as a favorite feature.
InFORM's precalibrated settings were called excellent by 4 evaluators, very good by 4, and good by 1. One evaluator commented, 'Automatic operation prevents potential injury from manually moving the heated material into position over the model to start the vacuum. Positive lock-in of the material was much better than my existing unit, which often sags out of the holder. The programming offers wide-open flexibility to preset for any time needed to heat the material and then provide the vacuum forming.' He then added, 'This product is well worth the investment.'
When asked to rate the accuracy of the results provided by InFORM, 6 called them excellent, 1 called them very good, and 2 called them fair. One of the evaluators said, 'The accuracy on the model was really impressive!' Another evaluator said his experience resulted in 'not as detailed trays from this machine versus my current machine.' A third evaluator said, 'The resulting appliance was extremely accurate.'
The uniformity of heating provided by InFORM was rated by the evaluators as well. Six of the evaluators rated this feature excellent, 2 rated it as good, and 1 rated it as fair. One of the evalutors mentioned he would like to see InFORM have a 'higher temperature heating element.'
The time it takes the InFORM system to complete fabrication of a tray or appliance was rated as excellent by 5 evaluators, as very good by 3, and as good by 1. One evaluator said, 'The automatic cycle from heating to vacuum-forming the tray was very convenient.'
Regarding the strength of the vacuum, 6 called it excellent, 1 called it good, 1 called it fair, and 1 called it poor. The evaluator who rated it poor said he would like to see 'improved vacuum pressure.' This same evaluator went on to rate the product very good overall.
When asked to rate their overall satisfaction with InFORM at the end of the review period, 5 evaluators called it excellent, 2 called it very good, 1 called it good, and 1 called it fair. An evaluator that practices dentistry in California called InFORM, 'a big leap in design and function.'
Another evaluator said, 'The design is very contemporary and attractive, especially the digital control panel. I loved this product.'
An evaluator with 13 years of experience in dentistry said, 'The unit has been built very well with quality materials and will certainly survive the rigours of every day dental office usage. This is a very well designed product that looks very modern and presentable asset office asset. Minor tweaks to increasing the vacuum motor pressure and manual over ride would make this a stellar winner.'
An evaluator that rated their overall satisfaction with the product as excellent said, '[InFORM is a] quality system that works more efficiently and is less cumbersome than more expensive systems. It is the perfect vacuum form system.'