3-D Printer Promises Enhanced Speed and Precision

Richard Gawel


The NextDent 5100 3-D printer from 3D Systems produces trays, models, surgical guides, dentures, orthodontic splints, crowns, and bridges with enhanced speed, precision, and efficiency, all at a lower cost than competitive systems, according to the company. 

“With 3D Systems NextDent solution, dental laboratories and clinics are now able to produce dental devices at dramatically increased speed, up to four times faster than other available solutions, while reducing material waste and capital equipment expenditure as well as reliance on milling centers,” said Rik Jacobs, vice president and general manager, dental, of 3D Systems. “Benefits also extend to the patient by reducing the time it takes to produce prosthodontics and orthodontics, as well as the number of required office visits.” 

The printer is powered by 3D Systems’ proprietary Figure 4 technology, which facilitates high-speed 3-D printing of dental devices and fixtures. It is compatible with industry-leading intraoral scanning and dental software solutions, the company says, delivering more precise results than conventional manual production techniques. This end-to-end digital workflow also provides higher and more predictable uptime, 3D Systems adds, with a significant reduction in risk for the operator.

Plus, 3D Systems has announced 18 new NextDent materials for a total of 30 different options, which is the largest number from any material supplier, 3D Systems says. All NextDent materials are biocompatible and CE-certified to cover a broad range of dental applications for lab managers, dental technicians, dental prosthetic technicians, and clinical prosthodontists and orthodontists. They come in a variety of aesthetic colors to closely match patients’ teeth and gums as well.

Related Articles

Desktop 3-D Printing Democratizes Implant Dentistry

Quick Thinking and Digital Technologies Save Traumatized Teeth

3-D Printers Improve Production Inside the Dental Practice