Planmeca, Roselle, Ill, will debut two new products at the Chicago MidWinter Dental Meeting—the Planmeca Creo C5 and the Planmeca Compact i5.
The Planmeca Creo C5 is a 3D printer custom-engineered for dental professionals for same-day appliances including surgical guides and dental models. According to the company, the Planmeca Creo C5 can create surgical guides or dental models in less than 15 minutes, 50 to 60 temporary crowns in less than 10 minutes, or up to five full arch dental models in one print.
The Planmeca Creo C5 uses LCD Photomask technology which projects a uniform light source that helps eliminate imperfections when printing dental appliances. The 3D printer reportedly does not require calibration, features an easy-to-use touch display with pre-programmed settings, and utilizes open STL and PLY files.
Materials for Planmeca Creo C5 come in capsules—what the company calls “a completely unique way to dispense high-quality 3D printing materials—without any material waste.”
Meanwhile, the Planmeca Compact i5 dental unit features a floating chair and narrowing backrest. The unit’s foldable and automatic leg rest allows for easier patient entering and exiting of the chair. The chair is designed to follow the body’s shape and provide firm, comfortable support. In addition, Planmeca’s Ultra Relax upholstery adapts to the patient’s weight and body heat.
The Planmeca Compact i5 is designed to make infection control easier, as all the essential functions are organized, integrated, automated, guided, and recorded. The unit can be customized in four different settings, and the company’s Planmeca PlanID sign-in system allows users to access their personal settings on any dental unit with a flash of a card. Planmeca PlanID is especially useful for dental universities and hospitals, as well as large clinics and DSOs with many users.