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Desktop Health and Carbon partner on dental AM offering

Bringing Flexcera resins to Carbon's digital manufacturing platform

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Desktop Health, a brand of Desktop Metal, and Carbon, two leaders in the oral health additive manufacturing space, have validated Flexcera Smile Ultra+ for use on the Carbon platform – expanding access to the innovative nanoceramic resin to hundreds of high-volume dental labs around the globe.

Flexcera Smile Ultra+ delivers exceptional strength, life-like aesthetics, and long-term performance that is revolutionizing digital dentistry with permanent 3D printed restorations, including dentures, crowns, bridges, veneers, and more. This breakthrough material represents more than three years of research and development and leverages proprietary long-chain chemistry to deliver exceptional performance in dental prosthetics. The highly-versatile material, one of several Flexcera brand resins available today, can be used to quickly produce customized permanent or temporary solutions.

“Demand for our superior Flexcera family of resins has been overwhelming in the marketplace,” said Ric Fulop, Founder and CEO of Desktop Metal. “This is the first time we’re making our proprietary resin available to another 3D hardware provider. We’re delighted to work with Carbon, which is widely respected in the dental lab community.”

“Our customers continue to lead the charge in converting the industry from analog to digital dentures. Collectively, they have produced hundreds of thousands of dentures on our platform, but this represents only a small percentage of all dentures made, as we are still in the early innings of 3D printed dentures,” said Phil DeSimone, Office of the CEO at Carbon. “We remain dedicated to helping labs meet the growing needs of the industry and are thrilled to offer Flexera Smile Ultra+ to our customers. The materials are highly regarded in the market and are a natural fit within our portfolio.”

Flexcera Smile Ultra+ is for permanent, printable smiles. It’s a next-generation hybrid nanoceramic resin FDA 510(k) Class II cleared for a wide range of permanent and temporary dental restorations including teeth for dentures, crowns, inlays, onlays, bridges, veneers, and full, monolithic and partial dentures. Flexcera Smile Ultra+ is currently available in the US, and will soon be available in the EU.

Later this year, Carbon and Desktop Health also plan to release Flexcera Base – adding another denture material with exceptional fracture resistance to Carbon’s material portfolio.

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