The fast-paced dental industry is always on the lookout for a new material that brings ease of use alongside an increase in the quality of the final parts. For years, dental technicians have been using resin 3D printing technology to print anything from models, crowns, bridges, veneers to full restorations. Companies like Saremco, and its new division Saremco Print, are at the forefront of this new wave of product innovations.
Dental 3D printing materials are breaking sales records every year, with our deep research-driven forecasts showing that in the next 5 years, the global consumption of dental AM materials has the potential to triple. No wonder we’re seeing innovation happen quicker than ever, and this time it’s coming from the Swiss dental company.
Saremco is an independent Swiss company that has been in the business of making dental composites for more than 30 years. The company has recognized the importance of 3D printing technology and therefore heavily devoted its resources towards the development of dental 3D printing products, selling them under the sub-brand called Saremco Print.
So far we’ve seen Saremco introduce 3D printing resins for crowns and dentures. Crowntec is Saremco’s now very well-known resin for making crowns, inlays, onlays and veneers. However, the company has expanded the Saremco print product portfolio beyond just resins.
Replacing IPA for post-processing
The 3D printing process in the dental industry makes use of advanced resin materials which require post-processing treatment with IPA alcohol to get rid of the remaining liquid resin before the parts are sent to curing.
The main problem with IPA is that it’s quite an aggressive liquid to work with. It emits a strong odor, while its fumes are toxic and flammable. Furthermore, research showed that IPA hurts the physical properties of parts, it weakens the prints and therefore reduces the overall quality of the finished product.
That’s a critical issue for applications such as printing crowns and bridges, where material performance matters a lot to ensure the quality and longevity of the installed restorations.
Saremco started with the development and production of 3D printing resins for crowns and dentures, but now they’ve come out with a new product, aiming to replace IPA in the post-processing phase of the 3D printing workflow.
The newly-released Saremco Print cleaning concentrate has been developed to make the post-processing process easier for the technicians. Unlike IPA, the cleaning concentrate does not emit any odor. Moreover, there are no toxic (and flammable) fumes, and it’s cheaper as well. It’s required to mix the concentrate with deionized water to obtain the cleaning liquid. Saremco sells the concentrate in a 3-liter container, which is enough to create a total of 17 liters of cleaning liquid.
The cleaning concentrate is set to retail at circa 100 EUR + VAT, which is a sensible price when the benefits of IPA are taken into account, as well as the price of IPA itself (10-15 EUR per liter).