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3D Systems’ New Dental Manufacturing Platform Accelerates Shift to Digital

    
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Posted: March 20, 2017

Edited by Dentaltown staff

CHICAGO—3D Systems recently unveiled an additive manufacturing platform, based on the company’s Figure 4 technology and NextDent materials, that delivers better, faster and more predictable patient treatments.

The company expects the new platform will be able to achieve improvements of up to 10 times in total cost of operations, along with reduced fabrication times and less material waste.

3D Systems has deep domain expertise in the dental market, including many years of leadership in the aligner category. This is a direct result of the company’s multi-year development efforts of the Figure 4 printer technology, combined with the acquisition of NextDent’s portfolio of 12 clinically effective materials with regulatory approvals in over 70 countries.

“Traditional milling machines only mill one crown at a time, making the process slow, ineffective and costly,” said Vyomesh Joshi, president and CEO, 3D Systems. “Today’s announcement is game changing. Our system can print 20–30 crowns in fewer than 15 minutes, which is the same time it takes most milling solutions to produce just one single crown.”

3D Systems will offer a modular printer platform that can enable smaller labs to cost-effectively produce thousands of crowns or other dental products per year, while providing fully automated solutions for larger labs producing more than 1 million crowns or other dental indications per year. The company plans to begin shipping in the fall of 2017.

Demonstrations of 3D Systems’ solutions for digital dentistry will be featured at the International Dental Show (IDS) 2017, in Cologne, Germany, March 21–25, in the 3D Systems, NextDent and 3Shape displays at the Koelnmesse.
 


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