Biocompatible Resin Suits Desktop 3-D Printers



The Dental SG Resin from Formlabs is a certified biocompatible Class 1 material designed primarily for surgical guide applications produced by desktop 3-D printing. According to the company, dental professionals now can move from a 3-D model to a directly printed, high-precision surgical guide with a quick turnaround at an affordable price.

“When practitioners and researchers have the ability and access to develop incredibly precise tools for surgical applications, it opens up a new range of possibilities for the dental industry and for the medical science industry at large,” said David Lákatos, head of product at Formlabs.

The resin is compatible with the Form 2 desktop 3-D printer from Formlabs. Dentists can use the Form 2 to create these surgical guides in addition to educational models, bleaching trays, retainers, aligners, and more. For example, Dr. Travis Bellicchi of the Indiana University School of Dentistry is developing a digital workflow with Formlabs 3-D printers to create accurate prostheses for his individual patients.

Formlabs also is adding updated formulations of its Clear, Black, Flexible, and Tough Resins to its library of advanced materials for 3-D printers, which includes Standard and Functional resins for various capabilities. And with its Materials Manager tool, users track can resin consumption and tank usage, as well as easily switch among resins.

“The addition of Dental SG Resin is a game-changer. Dental SG is poised to dramatically improve patient outcome of surgical procedures by making implant surgery faster, more precise, and ultimately more comfortable for the patient,” said Dr. Michael Scherer, who has been using Formlabs 3-D printers in his office for almost 2 years.

“Direct printing of surgical guides has traditionally required larger-scale 3-D printers that are beyond the expense and comfort level of most dental laboratories and clinicians,” Scherer said. “The introduction of Dental SG Resin allows for benchtop surgical guide printing in dental offices and smaller dental labs.”

The Dental SG biocompatible resin will be available directly from the Formlabs web store. For more information, call (617) 702-8476 or visit

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