Carbon continued its momentum in delivering a complete 3D Manufacturing solution for the dental market with the announcement of two new partnerships with DENTCA and DREVE. Through these collaborations, Carbon is continuing to change how the dental world produces customized products – with the introduction of new 3D-printed dentures with DENTCA; and gingiva masks and trays with DREVE.
“While 3D printing is not new to the dental market, Carbon provides a complete solution with a very unique partnership approach, enabling dental labs to easily design and manufacture customized, high-quality products for their customers,” said Brian Ganey, General Manager of Carbon’s Oral Care Business. “Carbon is transforming manufacturing in the dental industry with robust and reliable 3D printers, a wide range of industrial-grade dental materials, and next-gen software that enables all these pieces to work together seamlessly. But we don’t stop there: Carbon also provides continuous one-to-one service and support, meaning we engage closely with each of our dental customers to understand their individual requirements and develop new production-quality materials, so the range of materials will continue to grow. We’re there at every step of the process.”
Carbon offers a revolutionary alternative to 3D printing, fusing light and oxygen to rapidly produce products from a pool of resin. Its Digital Light Synthesis™ (DLS) technology, robust and reliable 3D printers, and unique programmable and biocompatible liquid resins delivers a complete solution for all dental production needs. Carbon’s solution significantly improves efficiency and accuracy, reduces time from design to manufacture, and provides important features such as part traceability and serialization through next-gen software design tools. With Carbon, everything is digitally traceable, down to a unique ID that can automatically be engraved or embossed on any part. This unique ID can be used to identify the digital historical record of the part, including identifying the specific printer, resin, and even post-processing protocols that were involved in making that part – which is incredibly valuable for highly regulated industries like dental, where the FDA will increasingly require part-specific data to ensure product performance and patient safety.
With DENTCA, the world’s first CAD/CAM denture company, Carbon dental customers will now have access to the first FDA-cleared (Class II) materials for 3D-printed dentures – DENTCA Denture Base II and DENTCA Denture Teeth for Carbon printers. When used together, these two materials produce high-quality, digitally-manufactured dentures that any dental technician or operator can easily make without having any traditional denture fabrication knowledge. The DENTCA Denture Try-in material is also available as part of the solution for temporary fit evaluation before production of the final product.
Through its collaboration with DREVE comes two new dental materials – DREVE FotoDent® gingiva and DREVE FotoDent® tray for Carbon printers. These materials enable dental and orthodontic laboratories to rapidly 3D manufacture gingiva masks and dental impression trays with Carbon’s technology.
In addition to these new third-party resins, Carbon also partnered with Whip Mix late last year to develop Whip Mix Surgical Guide for Carbon printers. Sold by Whip Mix for use on Carbon printers in the United States, the clear resin is ideal for fast production of dental surgical guides using Carbon's DLS technology.