Align and Desktop Metal Announce Partnership to bring iTero Flex Scanners to Desktop Labs

Align Technology and Desktop Metal will partner up to introduce the iTero Element Flex intraoral scanner as the exclusive restorative scanner in Desktop labs.

Align Technology has announced a partnership with Desktop Metal to bring its iTero Element Flex intraoral scanners to Desktop Labs. This will make the iTero Element Flex the exclusive intraoral, restorative scanner for the Desktop Lab network.

The iTero Element Flex is designed for every size dental practice, offering mobility in its handheld design without sacrificing clinical imaging capabilities, according to a press release from the companies. Clinicians can also send restorative STL files directly to the Desktop dental lab, completing this workflow in an efficient and one-stop manner.

This ergonomic scanner will now be the exclusive intraoral scanner for Desktop Labs, which are said to offer high-quality design and manufacturing solutions for general practitioners. Desktop technologies such as the Einstein series of dental 3D printers, Flexcera materials, and other systems are a few of the solutions that will now pair with the iTero Element Flex intraoral scanner.

This partnership aims to create a full restorative workflow, according to Align president and CEO Joe Hogan.

“We see great potential in enabling dentists to scan patients and then use the scan data to directly order restorative services or print-ready digital files from Desktop Labs that can be 3D printed in their office,” Hogan said in the press release. “In addition to iTero scanners, we’re also excited about extending the benefits of the Align Digital Platform, including the Invisalign® system and exocad software, to Desktop Labs customers.”