3D Systems Unveils Dental Manufacturing Platform

The combination of 3D Systems' Figure 4 platform and dental materials supports digital manufacturing.

3D Systems has unveiled an additive manufacturing platform based on its Figure 4 technology and NextDent materials said to deliver better, faster and more predictable patient treatments. The company expects the new platform will improve total cost of operations plus reduce fabrication times and material waste. 

This platform is the result of the company's multi-year development of the Figure 4 printer technology, combined with its acquisition of NextDent's portfolio of 12 clinically effective materials with regulatory approvals in more than 70 countries. 

“Traditional milling machines only mill one crown at a time, making the process slow, ineffective and costly,” said Vyomesh Joshi (VJ), president and CEO, 3D Systems. “Our system can print 20 to 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 it says 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.