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3D Systems introduces new dental materials and printing platform

Including NextDent Base, NextDent Cast and the NextDent LCD1

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3D Systems has further expanded its digital dentistry portfolio with the release of new materials (NextDent Base and NextDent Cast) and a new printing platform (the NextDent LCD1) – helping customers accelerate the adoption of additive manufacturing as part of their workflows, increase speed, productivity, efficiency, and precision, and improve the patient experience.

New materials

3D Systems offers one of the industry’s broadest portfolios 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 additions to this offering include:

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

NextDent Cast is 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 blue in color, enables improved printability and provides a castable part that is stable and strong. NextDent Cast is available to order now.

The NextDent LCD1

3D Systems introduces new dental materials and printing platform. Including NextDent Base and NextDent Cast and the NextDent LCD1.
3D Systems’ NextDent LCD1.

The NextDent LCD1 is an easy-to-use printer, with a smaller footprint, designed to deliver high-quality results. The compact footprint, combined with simple touchscreen operation, makes this printer well-suited 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, reportedly 3x faster than is possible with stereolithography (SLA) printers. The NextDent LCD1 is available to order now.

“We have a rich history as a leading innovator in both 3D printing technology and dental materials,” said Stef Vanneste, Vice President and General Manager of Dental at 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.”

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