3D Systems announced a new smaller 3D printer and new printing materials designed for several dental applications.

3D Systems announced innovations to its digital dentistry portfolio: new materials, NextDent Base and NextDent Cast, and a new printing platform, the NextDent LCD1.

The offerings help the company’s customers accelerate the adoption of additive manufacturing as part of their workflows to improve speed, productivity, efficiency, and precision.

3D Systems offers a broad portfolio of dental 3D printing materials that allow 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 NextDent LCD1 features a smaller footprint and is designed to deliver high-quality results. The compact footprint combined with simple touchscreen operation makes the NextDent LCD1 an ideal printer for small office environments where the production volumes may be less demanding.

It uses LCD technology and features auto-calibration to deliver parts with a very smooth surface finish, 3 times faster than is possible with stereolithography (SLA) printers. Combined with the company’s resins and new NextDent Wash & Cure for post-processing, clinicians have an easy-to-use workflow that delivers high-quality results, according to the company.

The NextDent LCD1 is available for immediate ordering.

NextDent Cast is a residue-free, easy burn-out 3D printing material suited for various applications, including RPDs, crowns, and bridges. The latest version produces parts in blue color and enables improved printability and easier burn-out, and provides a castable part that is stable and strong.

“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, dental, 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. 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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