The KeyModel Ultra 3D dental modeling resin is formulated for rapid printing and fast post curing, and does not require release agents for thermoforming aligners and other devices.

As part of their ongoing collaboration for 3D printing applications in the dental industry, Keystone Industries (Keystone) and Henkel have developed KeyModel Ultra. According to the companies, this 3D dental modeling resin offers a new level of accuracy, detail, and speed. KeyModel Ultra is reportedly formulated for rapid printing and fast post curing and is also designed to reduce peel forces, which increases print accuracy.

KeyModel Ultra does not require release agents for thermoforming aligners and other devices. According to the company, the product is manufactured to ensure that all thermoformed devices fit, and it can also be carved without chipping to adjust the model when needed. KeyModel Ultra is available in ivory and light grey.

“The collaboration of the Henkel and Keystone teams created an opportunity to develop a model material with new innovative characteristics. Our KeyModel Ultra prints faster than other materials and offers a smoother finished surface,” explains Doug Statham, senior director of digital materials at Keystone. “As model printing for clear aligner is the number one application in dental, our teams developed a material that offers an integrated release agent, making vacuum-formed aligners easier to remove than with other materials and improving the workflow. In addition, Keystone and Henkel are supplying this material at reduced costs compared to other model material on the market, providing greater value to our end users.”

Ken Kisner, head of innovation for 3D Printing at Henkel, commented: “We are excited in cooperation with Keystone to introduce KeyModel Ultra to the dental market. Henkel’s rapid innovation capabilities in collaboration with Keystone’s manufacturing and market know-how have again enabled another outstanding technology; delivering the next generation of modeling resins that provide speed, accuracy and detail. This is the first of many new launches to come, where the longstanding know-how of Keystone in the dental space, coupled with our extensive material science know-how, will continue to drive the transition to digital dentistry.”