The Dentsply Sirona denture materials for Carbon digital manufacturing solutions will be available later this year in the U.S., the companies said today.
Carbon’s 3D printers are based on its proprietary 3D printers based on its proprietary Digital Light Synthesis technology — which uses stereolithography, using light to convert a photocurable resin into a solid. Carbon’s original intellectual property involves a special window at the bottom of the resin reservoir. The window is transparent to UV light, but it’s also permeable to oxygen. Carbon’s technology drives oxygen intentionally into the very lowest part of the resin pool, saturating the first 30 to 40 microns with oxygen and creating a “dead zone” where polymerization doesn’t take place.
The result, according to officials at Carbon, is fast printing with little or no mechanical impact on the growing part.
The new partnership with Dentsply Dirona will enable a “complete digital denture solution that is superior in terms of strength and aesthetics,” said Brian Ganey, general manager of Carbon’s dental business.
“With Carbon as the leading digital manufacturer in digital dentistry and Dentsply Sirona’s global leadership in removable appliances, we can deliver an unmatched offering that benefits both the dental laboratory and the patient,” Ganey said in a news release.
Carbon has been making inroads in the medical device business in recent years, collaborating with companies including Johnson & Johnson and BD.