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3D Printing, Dentistry, and Formlabs

Venture Beat reports on Formlabs, which has just launched Formlabs Dental, “a new dental business division which will enable dentists to 3D print their own dental prosthetics such as crowns, bridges, and dentures.”

Formlabs Dental’s aim is “to strengthen ties between dentists and the labs creating these prosthetics, to encourage dentists to embrace the world of digital dentistry through 3D printing technology.”

Formlabs, which is based in Somerville, Massachusetts, “says its 3D printers are already the most-installed 3D printers at dental labs, according to a survey by Key Group. The company also says its new division has a team of dental professionals dedicated to providing the best 3D printing solutions.”

Simultaneously, Formlabs has announced the launch of the Form 3B Printer and Platform, “which will offer the next generation of dental materials, a dedicated service team, and software to help streamline workflows.” This process wouldn’t quite be a ‘same-day print situation,’ but according to a Formlabs spokesperson, Formlabs’ new platform will be “exponentially faster than current denture production processes, enabling patients to get their new teeth faster than ever before.”

Jay Burton, an orthodontist at SmileMaker Orthodontics, explains: “since [the launch of] the Form 2, 3D printing adoption within the dental industry has increased significantly. By bringing down the cost for entry, Formlabs revolutionized the dental market. Today’s announcement of the Form 3B will continue to grow the technology’s adoption and help to provide dental products you’d be proud to deliver. The incredibly accurate Form 3B produces crisp and consistent dental parts, and Dental Service Plan provides the confidence to go digital.”

Formlabs Co-Founder and CEO Max Lobovsky concludes: “when patients visit the dentist, they want a fast, customized solution for their teeth. Our new Form 3B printer is uniquely tailored to seamlessly digitize, streamline, and expedite workflow so dentists and technicians can focus on providing patients with the outcomes they expect and deserve. We have already touched the lives of over hundreds of thousands of patients, having printed 13 million dental parts on the Form 2 and, with the launch of Form 3B, aim to expand that reach even further to ensure all dental care providers can bring an exceptional level of attention to their patients.”

Image and Quotes Courtesy of Venture Beat

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