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.

SmarTech Publishing: Revenues From 3D Printing in Dentistry Will Reach $3.7 Billion by 2021

CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA–(Marketwired – August 09, 2016) – SmarTech Publishing has just published a new 140-page report showing where the money will be made in 3D-printed dentistry and identifying winners and losers in this segment. This new report assesses the revenues from 3D printers and related software, materials and services sold to the dentistry sector in 2016 will reach $1.6 billion but says that such revenues will grow to $3.7 billion by 2021.

In 2015, SmarTech Publishing introduced the first ever industry analysis report on 3D printing in the dental sector. Since then, and as we predicted, 3D printing in dentistry has exploded. Some of the world’s largest dental solutions providers now market their own specialized 3D printers. Meanwhile, low-cost 3DP technologies have begun to catch the attention of dental laboratories and individual dentists, bringing 3D printing ever closer to the dental patient.

We believe that this new report — 3D Printing in Dentistry 2016: A Ten-Year Forecast and Opportunity Analysis — will become essential reading for all marketing and business development executives designing strategic responses to the emerging opportunities in 3D printed dentistry.

About the report:

This report is based on an extensive interview program and therefore offers the reader a true insider perspective. Included in this comprehensive report are the following:

  • Ten-year market forecasts of the hardware, materials, software, and services used in 3D-printed dentistry, as well as projection of 3D printed dental parts shipped. These are provided in both volume and value terms and are based on SmarTech Publishing‘s proprietary models of the 3D printing/additive manufacturing sector and 3D printed dentistry in particular. These forecasts take into consideration the latest trends in 3D-printed dentistry such as the use of low-cost printers to the latest application developments — for example, directly printed clear aligners to ultra-realistic fully printed dentures.
  • Strategic assessments and market share data for the leading players in the 3D-printed space. Also includes are 2015 market shares for hardware sales by printer technology category along with a detailed hardware selling price analysis. More generally, the report covers the role of both minor and major vendors in 3DP dental. Firms discussed in this report include: 3D Systems, 3M, 3Shape, Asiga, Autodesk, BEGO, Cadent, Carbon, Carestream, Carima, Cerhum, Cisma, Concept Laser, D4D Technologies, DeltaMed, Densys, Dental Wings, Dentis, Dimensional Photonics, DWS, E-Dent, EnvisionTEC, EOS, ExOne, Formlabs, IOS Technologies, MEDIT, MiiCraft, NewPro 3D, NextDent, Park Dental Research, Prodways, Rapid Shape, Realizer, Renishaw, SLM Solutions, Sirona, Stratasys, Structo, Valplast, VeroGlaze, Vertex Dental, Xjet, Z3DLab and Zimmer.
  • A unique “Comprehensive Guide to Dental 3D Printing Hardware,” providing the most complete evaluation of available printers, materials, and other 3D printing products that specifically target the dental industry. This Guide will enable the reader compare existing dental printing solutions. The report also includes a new 3D printing software analysis for the dental sector. This includes application specific dental workflow software, 3D scanning tools, and laboratory production management software.

This report is the most extensive exploration of where the opportunities will be found in additive manufactured dental products in the next decade.

From the report:

  • The value of dental products that are additively manufactured will amount to $3.5 billion in 2021, with the largest amount of revenues being derived from PFM crown substructures, dental models and surgical guides. However, the current 3D solutions have only begun to scratch the surface. Other areas of considerable opportunity include high-realism dentures, directly printed clear dental aligners and obstructive sleep apnea oral appliances.
  • Approximately, 9,500 printers will be shipped for dental applications in 2021. These shipments will be dominated by photopolymerization printers with most of the rest being material jetting machines. SmarTech Publishing has recently increased its forecasts for printer shipments in 3D-printed dentistry noting that the increasing use of low-cost printers in the dental space. Today the average cost of a dental printer in 2016 is around $90,000, but this is expected to fall to $79,000 by 2021. In-office dental 3D printing may become significant over the next decade thanks to the availability of numerous sub $5,000 systems that are beginning to prove capable in areas such as the printing of surgical guides, clear aligner forming tools, and models.
  • In 2021, sales of materials for 3D-printed dentistry will amount to about $310 million, with 80 percent of those revenues being generated by photopolymers and the rest coming overwhelmingly from metal powders.
  • The established dental care model involves outsourcing the majority of fabrication of restorations to a laboratory. In 2021, services will clock up $2.7 billion especially in Europe where 3D printing for dental applications seems to be especially flourishing in advanced applications. Larger labs or dental solution providers that have invested in equipment (and typically developed their own 3D-printed dental solutions) will provide print services to other labs that want to begin offering the benefits of 3D-printed dentistry to their customers but don’t have the means to acquire printing equipment or develop unique printed dental solutions.
  • By 2021, sales of software into the 3D printed dentistry sector will reach almost $150 million with most of those revenues coming from dental specific design software. The software market has already been revolutionized by major dental CAD/CAM providers, which have been the first to develop fully functional application-specific workflows for the creation of a number of dental models and devices using 3D printing. The dental industry is a leading example in 3DP of integration of application-specific workflow tools that incorporate elements of print preparation, machine control, and production management tools into one streamlined workflow.

If interested in receiving a quote or purchasing this report, please contact missy@smartechpublishing.com

About SmarTech Publishing:

Since 2013 SmarTech Publishing has published reports on most of the important revenue opportunities in the 3D printing/additive manufacturing sector and is considered the leading industry analyst firm providing coverage of this sector.

Our company has a client roster that includes the largest 3D printer firms, materials firms and investors. We have also published reports on most of the important revenue opportunities in the 3D printing sector including personal printers, low-volume manufacturing, 3D printing materials, medical/dental applications, aerospace and other promising 3D market segments.

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3D Printing in Dentistry

3D printing is a revolutionary technique in which customized manufacturing of any design can be done with the help of CAD design, that is then sent to specific devices called 3D printers which lay down material layer by layer and build a 3 dimensional product. This is also called as additional manufacturing and has almost no wastage and complex designs can be accurately made which were not possible earlier.

Today, millions of invisible (transparent) orthodontic braces, study models, dental crowns, bridges, etc. are being made with the help of 3D printing. These are being produced with the help of game changing industrial 3D printers which cost over a million US dollars.

Earlier, conventional dental labs making artificial teeth relied on mainly skilled technicians who would work manually with wax patterns and traditional casting methods. This process is very old, intensive in labor, tricky, and not a hundred percent accurate. This is where the contribution of 3D printing comes into play.

With rapid prototyping and 3D printing, dental implants, crowns and surgeries are becoming more accurate and less of a hassle for both doctors and patients. Printed jawbones and dental implants are set to lead the growth in commercial 3-D printing, with the sector expected to expand over 500 percent in the next 10 years, according to a new report. The dental sector is on the verge of a mass uptake of the technology and represents a clear growth area for 3-D printing, according to tech research firm IDTechEx.

A study predicts that in the future, a dentist would be able to print you a newly 3D printed artificial one in 6.5 minutes and this can be anti-bacterial too. The dental and medical 3-D printing sector is expected to grow by around 515 percent to $868 million by 2025, up from its current value of $141 million.

Accoding to SmarTech report the value of 3D printing dental market is already worth $780 million in revenues, as metal sub-structures for crowns and bridges in cobalt chromium, tooling for production of clear aligners, wax casting molds for restorations, and dental models are being produced in high volume by dental laboratories worldwide.

Looking into the future for dentistry, the report predicts that because of the drastic improvement over existing traditional methods that 3D printing technology provides, its penetration in specific applications will reach more than 60 percent of overall dental production in the next ten years, and perhaps even higher in certain areas such as dental modeling.

The leading 3D printing companies that are aggressively enabling this transformation in the dental sector are 3D Systems, Stratasys, Argen, BEGO, Concept Laser, DWS, EnvisionTEC, EOS, Prodways, and Solidscape.

The report forecasts the value of hardware, materials, and printed components enabled by 3D printing in dentistry to hit $3.1 billion by 2020, crossing $2 billion next year. They also note that total sales of 3D printing systems to dental labs or professionals, which is currently at $240 million, will double by 2020.

There are issues too.

First- the acquisition cost of a 3D printer is still very high. The entry level solutions start from 6,000€ for small dental labs doing mostly aligner applications and the prices can go all the way up to 500,000€.

Second- It is a huge task for a dentist to reorganize his workflow from manual to digital. This is what most of us are afraid of. But Still, at this minute , it is too early for “teeth out of the printer”. Before we begin to use 3D printed parts, more long-term studies are needed and those don’t exist yet.

Overall, using 3D printing for teeth implants and surgeries is going to bring unprecedented revolution in the healthcare sector.

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