The integration is aimed at helping orthodontic practices more easily design and print clear aligners in house.

Carestream Dental has validated Formlabs’ Form 3B printer for use with the latest version of CS Model+ 5 to give more practices the ability to design and print clear aligners in house.

“We’ve always designed our systems with the mindset that doctors would want to ‘plug and play’ with other technology to enhance their workflow,” Ed Shellard, DMD, chief dental officer, Carestream Dental, said. “The clear aligner workflow is the perfect example of how accessible systems open doors to new treatment offerings. By going a step further and validating the Form 3B, users have that added layer of confidence that their systems, whether from Carestream Dental or Formlabs, are going to work seamlessly.”

The latest version of the Carestream Dental’s CS Model+ 5 uses artificial intelligence to guide doctors through the aligner design process. It starts with a scan from the CS 3600 or CS 3700 intraoral scanner and then CS Model+ 5 automatically ranks the case by degree of difficulty. From there, the clinician reportedly maintains complete control of the case, going from design to fabrication all in house. The file is then sent to the Form 3B, a desktop dental 3D printer.

“Carestream Dental has been a leader in digital dentistry for many years,” Sam Wainwright, dental product manager, Formlabs, said. “We are looking forward to collaborating with them in our ongoing mission to make digital technology accessible to all.”