Additive Manufacturing Summit on Medical and Dental 3D Printing Will Return in January

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We’re long past the days when 3D printing was just a fun, creative tool for hobbyists, and many industries have been taking notice over the years and making the investment. The medical and dental fields especially have turned to 3D printing for all sorts of innovations, from customized medication and dentures to patient-specific models, implants, and prosthetics. In addition, there’s been some astonishing research over the years in 3D bioprinting, in hopes that one day we can create 3D printed organs for transplant.

While there’s a lot of information out there about 3D printing technology, many professionals are trying to determine the best ways they can take advantage of what the technology offers. We first told you about the recently held two-day Additive Manufacturing Strategies summit back in September. The point of the event was to shine a light on the implications of and potential for integrating 3D printing technology into medicine and dentistry.

This past January, 3DPrint.com teamed up with with SmarTech Markets Publishing, one of the top providers of industry analysis and market forecasts for the 3D printing industry, to present the business- and investment-focused Additive Manufacturing Strategies summit, which emphasized 3D printing in the medical and dental fields.

[Image: Sarah Goehrke]

Nearly 40 experts in the fields of additive manufacturing, medicine, dentistry, and investment were on hand to share their knowledge with summit attendees at the inaugural event, which was held at the Army and Navy Club in Washington, D.C.

“Why this conference? It makes sense to narrow down the sectors 3D printing is involved with, the biggest being automotive, aerospace, medical; we think medical is a special case from the others,” said SmarTech President Lawrence Gasman when welcoming the attendees. “Indeed, medical may be the biggest when you take everything into consideration. With dental, very large volumes are already being manufactured. It is very different from the others as to regulations, and over these two days we’ll hear how that’s impacting devices, organs, and more.”

After additional welcomes from Alan Meckler, President of 3DR Holdings, and 3DPrint.com’s Editor-In-Chief Sarah Goehrke, the event was officially underway. Keynote speakers Lee Dockstader, Director of Vertical Market Development, HP Inc., and Katie Weimer, VP Medical Devices, 3D Systems, discussed 3D printing applications in healthcare, while SmarTech analysts focused on market projections and expert panels covered multiple topics, from dentistry and bioprinting to prosthetics and intellectual property. For more information, you can check out the complete schedule from the event here.

The two-day summit was so successful that 3DPrint.com and SmarTech have decided to produce and host a second event together.

The Additive Manufacturing Strategies Summit on Medical and Dental 3D Printing will take place from January 29-31, 2019, at The Hynes Convention Center in Boston. While the original pioneering 3D printing medical and dental business conference will still take place, this second event will have separate tracks for medicine and dentistry.

Other additions to the 2019 summit include an exhibition floor, where attendees can check out the latest technologies and products related to 3D printed medicine and dentistry, along with an educational workshop on the 29th that will offer a total overview of medical and dental 3D printing.

To receive continuing updates ahead of the summit, as well as have access to the best early bird pricing, sign up for our newsletter. You can email ams@3dprint.com for sponsorship and exhibitor opportunities. Registration will be open soon.

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Stratasys unveils Objet260 Dental 3D Printer to advance adoption of digital dentistry

Market-leading 3D printer manufacturer Stratasys has announced its new Stratasys Objet260 Dental 3D printer. Equipped with Polyjet Triple Jetting technology, the Stratasys Objet260 Dental can 3D print three different materials on a single tray, allowing the production of several applications under a single 3D print job.

The machine is to be formally unveiled at the LMT Lab Day 2018 in Chicago alongside two further dental products, flexible biocompatible material MEDFLX625, and Pop-Out Part (PoP) technology for the removal of supports from clear aligner arches.

Supporting the transition to digital dentistry

With the global dental market forecast to reach 37 billion U.S. dollars by 2021, Stratasys, like rival 3D printer manufacturer 3D Systems (which yesterday launched its NextDent 5100 3D printer), is capitalizing on its experience of manufacturing machines and materials for the dental industry to appeal to a wider range of dental laboratories.

This push from 3D printing to dental technologies is in the opposite direction to companies like Straumann, which are moving incorporating 3D printing into existing dental businesses.

At the heart of Stratasys’ offering is its PolyJet Triple Jetting technology, which combines droplets of three base materials to 3D print objects made of multiple colors and materials in a single print run. It was launched in 2014 with the Objet500 Connex3 3D printer.

Clear aligners 3D printed on an Objet260 3D printer. Photo via Stratasys.Clear aligners 3D printed on an Objet260 3D printer. Photo via Stratasys.

The appeal of PolyJet Triple Jetting

The Objet260 Dental 3D printer can be used to manufacture surgical guides, models, and other appliances. On the 3D printer’s single material mode, these appliances can be produced with a shorter change-over and reduced material waste.

The Objet260 Dental also promises a more affordable solution for mid-sized labs looking to expand their services. An optional “Dental Selection” upgrade includes support for three further regular materials as well as special materials to reproduce a range of gum-like textures and natural tooth shades.

Reiterating Stratasys’ intentions to place digital dentistry “in the hands of more customers than ever before,” Stratasys Director of Healthcare Solutions Mike Gaisford said:

“There’s no denying the power of 3D printing for digital dentistry to significantly decrease turnaround time, reduce labor costs, and provide new streams of revenue. Multi-material 3D printing pushes the boundaries of what’s possible in dentistry today while unlocking the next-generation of applications for tomorrow.”

Additional materials and technology

Launched alongside the Objet260 Dental 3D printer, MEDFLX625 is a biocompatible material that allows dental and orthodontic laboratories to 3D print flexible and rigid biocompatible materials for direct print applications such as indirect bonding trays, such as surgical guides and soft-tissue implant models.

Additionally, PoP technology facilitates support removal with manual peel-off, which is especially useful for the high-volume production of clear aligner arches.

The Objet260 Dental can 3D print multiple materials simultaneously, including accurate models of the oral cavity. Photo via Stratasys.The Objet260 Dental can 3D print multiple materials simultaneously, including accurate models of the oral cavity. Photo via Stratasys.

Object260 Dental 3D Printer specifications

System size: 870 x 735 x 1200 mm 

Build size: 255 x 252 x 200 mm 

System mass: 264 kg

Material cabinet size: 330 x 1170 x 640 mm

Layer thickness: 16 microns (.0006 in.)

Build Resolution: 16-micron (high quality), 28-micron (high speed)

Compatible materials: VeroDent (MED670), VeroDentPlus (MED690), VeroGlaze (MED620), Clear Bio-compatible (MED610), VeroWhite, and TangoPlus

Support materials: SUP706 (soluble) and SUP705 (WaterJet removable)

Additional materials (Dental Selection upgrade): VeroYellow, VeroMagenta, TangoBlackPlus, and Digital Materials to reproduce a range of gum-like textures and natural tooth shades.

Software: Objet Studio

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Featured image shows the Objet260 Dental 3D printer. Photo via Stratasys.

From hearing aids to dental crowns: 3D printing in medicine

Dental crowns are now commonly 3D-printed, and the technology is developing at a rapid pace. Soon, it may even be possible to create 3D-printed organs. — EOS/dpa

Dental crowns are now commonly 3D-printed, and the technology is developing at a rapid pace. Soon, it may even be possible to create 3D-printed organs. — EOS/dpa

The technique of 3D printing is spreading rapidly in the field of medicine. Many hearing aids and dental crowns are now 3D-printed, as are disposable surgical instruments and even prosthetic limbs. 

Additive manufacturing (AM), as the technique is also known, can even be used to make porous, melt-in-the-mouth pills for epileptics who are unable to swallow them. 

Twenty-eight percent of all medical technology and pharmaceutical companies have already used 3D printing, according to a recent survey of 12 mostly Western countries by the London-based professional services company Ernst & Young (EY). 

Almost all hearing aids are 3D-printed these days, says EY manager Stefana Karevska, noting that while 3D printing is gaining ground across numerous industries, it has especially taken off in medical technology. 

“It’s fascinating,” says Dr Bilal Al-Nawas, medical director of the Department of Oral, Maxillofacial and Plastic Surgery at Mainz University Medical Centre in Germany. 

“Surgeons need 3D printing, and patients want it. Taking a piece of bone or tissue out of the body and then reinserting it somewhere else – that can’t be the future.” 

In mid-May, Al-Nawas and his colleagues hosted the Second International Conference on 3D Printing in Medicine in Mainz, bringing together researchers, startups and 3D printer manufacturers from around the world. 

One of the attendees was EOS, headquartered near Munich, a pioneer in the field of direct metal laser sintering and a provider of AM systems for plastics. Sintering is the process of turning a powdered material into a solid or porous mass by heating it – and usually also compressing it – without melting it. 

One of the company’s 3D printers can make 400 individual dental crowns per day at a tenth of the conventional production cost, according to EOS manager Martin Bullemer, who adds: “Progress is being made throughout the entire field of orthopaedics.” 

Screws aren’t 3D-printed, though, because lathes can make them faster. Researchers are currently concentrating on blood vessels, Al-Nawas says, pointing out that they have already been successfully implanted in animals. 

“Blood vessels are the first step. If they work, a lot of other things are conceivable,” he adds, while also cautioning that whole organs such as livers and thyroid glands are probably still a long way off. 

In 3D printing, a powder material such as titanium or plastic is fused by melting or sintering with a laser beam or infrared lamp, layer by layer. Since the layers are only hundredths of a millimetre thick, the process is extremely precise. 

It’s even possible to make complex honeycomb-like structures that can’t be produced by drilling or injection moulding. The bespoke blueprint is created, for example, from a computed tomography scan. 

Al-Nawas is working with a team of scientists on developing new materials that could be used instead of metal when it comes to reconstructing a face after a kick by a horse, for example. 

“We would prefer a material that the body converts to bone, like magnesium. Or at least a material that’s more bone-like,” he says.

In another development, the France-based NGO Handicap International has launched 3D-printing trials for 19 lower-leg amputees in Togo, Madagascar and Syria. 

Using a small, lightweight 3D scanner to create a digital mould of the amputated limb, it then adapts the mould to the respective patient’s needs using computer-modelling software before sending it to a 3D printer. The printer produces a bespoke socket that corresponds perfectly to the shape of the amputated limb. 

Al-Nawas cautions against overestimating the possibilities of this “exciting” new field of 3D-printed body parts, however, likening it to “slow boring through a thick board.” — dpa

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