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Medical
Case Study 2
Latex Rubber Dam


Precision Dippings’ partnership with a global manufacturer of premium dental consumables, resulted in the design and production of a new 3-dimensional latex rubber dam for restorative dentistry treatment.

The rubber dam, which has an anatomical frame to match the contours of the mouth, has been developed in two versions – anterior and posterior – to widen the accessible oral area for the dentist.

We worked closely with the company’s R&D team to develop these products, which can be batch produced using production tooling and a high quality, pure natural rubber latex compound.

In use, this innovative rubber dam offers several advantages to both patient and dentist, including:

  • Non-contamination and infection control, from saliva, blood and other debris
  • Patient protection from accidental aspiration or ingestion
  • Much less preparatory work than with conventional dental dams
  • Greater access to the operating and working area
  • Patient comfort


The rubber dam development process, from prototype to production:

  • Detailed drawing received from medical device manufacturer
  • Moulds designed to produce the product
  • SLA prototype master created from CAD data
  • Prototype castings arranged from SLA master
  • Prototype products produced for initial customer testing and approval
  • Clinical trials were held
  • Progression to Production to Levels
  • Detailed product specification was agreed
  • Manufacturing process was designed and documented in detail
  • Batch records were designed, in consultation with the customer, to keep detailed records of each stage of the process
  • Batch Release reports were designed to include agreed criteria for final inspection
  • Production moulds purchased
  • Early phase production commenced
  • Progression to production levels of 20,000 units per week
  • Product subject to in-process and final inspection
  • Product packaged and dispatched with Certificate of Conformity
  • Customer Service / Communication
  • Partnership approach throughout development of product
  • Regular meetings and communication during weekly production