3D Systems is Powering The Digital Dentristy Revolution
3D Systems delivers industry-leading technologies and expertise needed for dental labs and dentists to streamline services and support desired dental outcomes.
Dental labs adopting 3D printing from 3D Systems experience a more efficient use of precious metals, fewer remakes and better precision though digital methods.
Metal 3D printing for dental
The applied Direct Metal Printing (DMP) technology provides unlimited design flexibility with perfect passive fit. DMP overcomes the limitations related to geometry and surface retention set by traditional manufacturing techniques and CNC milling technology. 3D Systems controls DMP to such an extent that it is capable of perfecting the technology and realizing the most challenging specifications.
Grade 1 to 4 are commercially pure titanium grades, while grade 5 is a titanium alloy (Ti6Al4V) including aluminum and vanadium as elements. These alloying elements make the material much stronger than pure titanium, while maintaining its biocompatibility. Titanium grade 5 is the most used material for orthopedic applications (eg. hip implants, spinal cages, fixation plates.)
3D Systems exclusively uses titanium grade 5 for the milled structures and for dental DMP structures, outperforming the commonly used pure titanium grade in terms of mechanical properties.
3D Systems uses 2 different types of cobalt-chrome alloy; one suited for implant suprastructures and cemented restorations, and one suited for frames for removable partial dentures.
- Co-Cr alloy for implant suprastructures and cemented restorations
This high strength Co-Cr alloy is especially suited for dental applications and corresponds to a Type 4 alloy according to ISO 22674. Its thermal expansion coefficient of 14.0 (µm/m°C) allows optimal veneering with the standard veneering materials on the market.
- Co-Cr alloy for frames
This Co-Cr alloy corresponds to a Type 5 alloy according to ISO 22674 and is free of nickel, cadmium and beryllium. It combines a high yield strength with a high elongation which results in good adjustability. The fatigue properties have been tested in collaboration with the University of Leuven and it is proven to be very suited to withstand the cyclic loading clasps are subjected to during use.