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3D Systems introduces multi-material, single-piece denture solution

Deliver a durable, long-wear, aesthetically appealing prosthetic to the patient

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3D Systems has introduced a first-to-market solution for jetted, single-piece dentures that utilizes multiple materials to deliver a durable, long-wear, aesthetically appealing prosthetic to the patient – enabled by the formulation of bespoke materials for both teeth and gums. These unique materials deliver the desired combination of aesthetics, and wear- and stain-resistance in the teeth, with exceptional break resistance in the gums.

3D Systems’ materials scientists developed NextDent Jet Denture Teeth and NextDent Jet Denture Base – the former uniquely formulated to mimic tooth rigidity and aesthetics, and the latter to absorb impact. When these materials are used as part of the company’s monolithic jetted denture solution, dental labs are able to produce dentures with exceptional performance, including high break resistance. Additionally, the speed of 3D Systems’ jetting technology combined with monolithic denture printing accelerates total production rates.

In recent months, 3D Systems previewed this solution to select customers including Glidewell, the world’s largest producer of restorative dental devices. “Glidewell prides itself on being on the forefront of technology, and continually bringing innovation to the dental community. Therefore, we need to collaborate with solution providers who share our vision for the power of transformative innovation. As a long-time 3D Systems customer, Glidewell continues to be impressed by the company’s leadership in digital dentistry. The capabilities presented by the new jetted denture solution are unmatched in the industry. The combination of 3D Systems’ high-speed printing technology and its unique materials deliver dentures with superior durability and aesthetics. I’m looking forward to our implementation of this solution later this year, and the benefits it will deliver not only for our business but for our customers and their patients,” said Stephenie Goddard, CEO of Glidewell.

“With each innovation to our digital dentistry portfolio, 3D Systems has been able to help our customers transform the devices they deliver, and how clinicians deliver patient care,” said Chuck Stapleton, Vice President and General Manager of Dental at 3D Systems. “As we announce our jetted denture solution today, I’m proud that we are once again delivering a truly unique offering to the market. We’ve combined innovation in materials and 3D printing, with software, post-processing, and applications expertise into our monolithic jetted denture solution, designed for high-volume production with unparalleled accuracy, repeatability, and lower total cost of operation. I look forward to seeing this solution change the trajectory of denture production, not only over the coming months but in the years to follow.”

The company anticipates 510(k) clearance from the United States Food & Drug Administration (FDA) for its solution in the second half of 2024.

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