In what is quite a timely announcement with our own own Dental AM Focus, materials company Henkel and Keystone Industries, a specialist in dental industry, are partnering to develop additive manufacturing solutions for the dental sector. The agreement will be mutually beneficial, enabling Henkel to add dental 3D printing applications to its portfolio and Keystone to scale its AM dental offering.
Founded in 1908, Keystone Industries has over a century of experience in the dental sphere and has evolved its offering to match the latest technological developments in the field. In recent years, 3D printing has become an integral part of the company’s offering for the dental market, and it has brought to market a line of customized 3D printing resins under its KeyPrint brand.
The partnership with materials company Henkel is somewhat of a natural progression: Keystone has a long-running partnership with Molecule Corp., which was acquired by Henkel last year. The companies also have business relationships with leading OEM 3D printer manufacturers.
“We are very pleased to find such a natural partner as Keystone,” said Ken Kisner, Head of Innovation for 3D Printing at Henkel. “The combination of their longstanding know-how in the dental space with our broad material science expertise and market access will unlock new opportunities to develop and commercialize high-performance solutions for the dental markets. Our rapid innovation capabilities fit very well with this dynamic market, and Keystone’s long history of polymer and ISO-compliant medical device manufacturing adds tremendous value to us.”
Ira Rosenau, President at Keystone, added: “We are excited to partner with a global industry leader and its professional team. Henkel’s expertise and global presence will allow us to further bring our innovative 3D printing solutions to all corners of the dental market worldwide. The collaboration is a mutual fit for both companies presenting opportunities for further growth.”
Together, Henkel and Keystone Industries will accelerate the advancement and adoption of the KeyPrint product line by ramping up validations and partnerships with 3D printing companies. The companies will also draw on Henkel’s wealth of experience to develop new materials for dental applications.