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3D Systems to accelerate adoption of digital dentistry

13th March 2023
Sheryl Miles

3D Systems has announced innovations to strengthen its digital dentistry portfolio: new materials,NextDent Base andNextDent Cast, and a new printing platform, theNextDent LCD1.

These offerings help the company’s customers accelerate the adoption of additive manufacturing as part of their workflows, and drive new levels of speed, productivity, efficiency, and precision while also providing opportunities to improve the patient experience.

New materials  

3D Systems offers a broad portfolio of dental 3D printing materials enabling dental laboratories and clinics to address a wide range of applications such as trays, orthodontic and prosthodontic models, surgical guides, dentures, orthodontic splints, crowns, and bridges.

The company is pleased to share the following enhancements: 

NextDent Base: suitable for printing all types of removable denture bases. This material is the third generation of the company’s denture base material for 3D printing and has excellent mechanical properties.

The feedback on the previous generation of this material provided the R&D team with clear direction including high break resistance and robust printability.

NextDent Base is truly comparable to conventional denture base materials and will provide patients with long-lasting, impact-resistant dentures. NextDent Base will be available in four colours to match a variety of aesthetics and is planned to be available for ordering in select markets later this year. 

NextDent Cast: a residue-free, easy burn-out 3D printing material suited for a variety of applications including RPDs, crowns, and bridges. The latest version which produces parts in blue colour enables improved printability and easier burn-out and provides a castable part that is stable and strong.

NextDent Cast is available for immediate ordering.

NextDent LCD1 makes digital dentistry more accessible for clinicians 

3D Systems redefined digital dentistry with the introduction of the NextDent 5100. Built upon the company’s high-speed Figure 4 3D printing technology and leveraging the performance of its materials portfolio, the NextDent 5100 can address a breadth of application needs resulting in unparalleled accuracy, repeatability, productivity, and total cost of operation.  

The company is now pleased to offer the NextDent LCD1, a smaller footprint, easy-to-use printer designed to deliver high-quality results.

The compact footprint combined with simple touchscreen operation makes this an ideal printer for use in small office environments where the production volumes may be less demanding. The NextDent LCD1 uses LCD technology and features auto-calibration to deliver parts with a very smooth surface finish, 3x faster than is possible with stereolithography (SLA) printers.

When combined with the company’s resins and new NextDent Wash & Cure for post-processing, clinicians have an easy-to-use workflow that delivers high-quality results.

The NextDent LCD1 is available for immediate ordering. 

“We have a rich history as a leading innovator in both 3D printing technology and dental materials,” said Stef Vanneste, Vice President & General Manager, Dental, 3D Systems. “Our goal is to ensure we are addressing our customers’ needs with our solutions, and these enhancements to our portfolio are yet another step in achieving that goal. Both new materials announced today are next-generation materials, specifically engineered with our customers’ feedback on the earlier versions in mind. NextDent Base is a completely new formulation that demonstrates high break resistance and beautiful base shades. We firmly believe that these products will further enable the adoption of 3D printing in dentistry and improve the patient experience.”  

3D Systems will showcase its full portfolio of digital dentistry solutions, including these latest innovations, in its booth (Hall 3.1) at IDS 2023, March 14-18 at Koelnmesse in Cologne, Germany.

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