A look at some of the recently announced products for dental laboratories.
Varseo XS with VarseoSmile Crown plus
Designed to provide a compact, cost-effective 3D printing solution to dental labs and practices, the Varseo XS is a DLP printer said to provide accuracy and speed. The printer is capable of printing up to 20 crowns or up to two seven-span bridges in a single print cycle, and prints at a speed of up to 30 mm per hour. Among the many compatible print materials is VarseoSmile Crown plus, the first tooth-colored, ceramic-filled hybrid material designed for fabrication of 3D printed permanent crowns, inlays, onlays, and veneers. The material is available in 7 VITA classical shades, and the printer features an easily replaceable tank to simplify the process of changing materials or shades. A range of other materials are also compatible with the printer allowing printing of temps, trays, surgical guides, models, and castable parts.
Why this printer and material stand out:
Dental 3D printing continues to grow rapidly because it’s an ideal technology for an industry that demands the creation of small, unique parts that require both intricate details and functional properties. However, until the arrival of VarseoSmile Crown plus, none of the printed parts could be considered a definitive, monolithic restoration. Now that barrier no longer stands. This new material offers high dimensional stability and the ability to be customized with composite stains after curing to provide the form and function required of a dental restoration.
VITA VIONIC VIGO
A denture tooth line designed specifically for efficient use with digital denture fabrication workflows, VITA VIONIC VIGO teeth are made of an SE polymer and can reportedly be fixed to the denture base without the need for reworking. The teeth are designed to work as a part of the VITA VIONIC SOLUTIONS that includes 8 upper anterior tooth molds, 4 lower anterior tooth molds, 4 upper and lower posterior tooth molds each, 1 bonding system, and material blanks for wax try-ins and plastic bases. The teeth achieve their efficiencies with a reduced tooth dimension, sandblasted tooth neck, an undercut-free basal design, and a conical-oval tooth neck shape with integrated rotation protection which all work to help make positioning and adhesive bonding to the base simple.
How these add to production efficiency:
Designed as a complete system, the teeth are part of a 5-step digital denture fabrication workflow that can be based around either milling or printing the denture base. The process includes scanning, tooth selection and digital design, try-in printing or milling, denture base printing or milling, bonding the teeth, and finishing the dentures. The teeth are said to provide optimal esthetics and translucency to enable efficiency without sacrificing esthetics, and multiple set-up concepts are available via software connections including 3Shape and exocad. The system is compatible with a range of external milling and 3D printing systems.
Featuring an open design, the AutoScan-DS-MIX is a benchtop scanner with high accuracy as well as high efficiency. With a pair of 5.0 MP cameras, the scanner can capture edge details on abutments and implant scan bodies. Its scan accuracy is as high as ≤ 7 μm. With its high efficiency scan mode, it can capture a full arch in 13 seconds. Its software can automatically detect and add unscanned surfaces to the digital model, making the scanner easy to use. It is suited for scanning cases including crown and bridge, implant abutments and bars, and more.
What makes this scanner worth a look:
Designed with both efficiency and accuracy in mind, the AutoScan-DS-MIX can scan a bite in just 6 seconds, up to 8 dies in 33 seconds, or an impression in 32 seconds. Other efficiency-driving features include a simplified process to seal screw channels in the digital model, and support for dynamic and static articulator scans for most articulators and articulator transfer scans for several popular articulator models.
EDITOR’S CHOICE Occlusion feature enables manual bite arrangement from a quality distance map.
[ ORTHODONTIC SOFTWARE ]
3Shape Clear Aligner Studio
3Shape Clear Aligner Studio software gives practices and labs full control over the design and production workflow and the opportunity to produce clear aligners in-house. The new 3Shape Clear Aligner Studio, version 2019.2, adds innovative features to considerably increase treatment control and efficiency. New benefits include: enhanced collision detection—proactive real-time collision detection halts teeth movement when space is already occupied by another tooth; Attachment groups—setup and switch between different groups of attachments for efficiency; Overlay of malocclusion on ideal setup—enables the viewing of both the malocclusion and the ideal setup of teeth at the same time.
[ CAD MATERIAL BLANK ]
EASY Blank Wax
Casting and pressing techniques are still being used regularly, so Renfert has extended its range of products for digital manufacturing with the EASY Blank Wax for the hybrid processing techniques CAD/Cast and CAD/Press. The blue blank is available in the usual diameter of 98.5 mm with a 10 mm groove and in sizes 14 and 20 mm in height. In the hybrid workflow, the restoration is first constructed efficiently using the CAD software and then milled from the blank wax. The material—not, in fact, wax, but a modern acrylic material—can be processed flexibly in the usual manner. The coordinated material composition means the material removed during milling forms small chips, which do not stick to the tool; this ensures a high degree of processing reliability.
The N4+ is a wet processing machine for milling and grinding glass ceramic, composite and zirconia blocks as well as titanium abutments. This machine combines the high precision and fast processing in an extremely compact housing. With the new mill, users also benefit from plenty of power: The 800-watt spindle with speeds up to 80,000 rpm offers powerful performance for the efficient wet processing of three blocks up to 45 mm in length or three prefabricated abutments. Another highlight of the four-axis machine is its integrated camera for easy remote support. These features make the N4+ the ideal partner for the laboratory and practice-labs.
[ 3D PRINTER ]
The FreeShape professional-grade 3D printer by Ackuretta is now available from Primotec. It is designed with digital dentistry in mind to produce smooth, very accurate, high-resolution models and biocompatible prints. The new printer is based on an open-material platform so it serves a multitude of applications including dentures and temps.
EDITOR’S CHOICE An anti-fog coating provides superior optical clarity.
[ FACE SHIELD FOR LOUPES ]
Featuring a large breathing room that comfortably fits over optical accessories and extra wide air vents for maximum airflow, the iVisor Loupe is described as the company’s most comfortable reusable visor and shield kit. An adjustable cinch cord and thick foam bumper provide exceptional user comfort. Visor and shields can be easily decontaminated by cold sterilization for reuse. It easily fits over glasses, loupes, and lights and is designed to protect against sprays, splashes, and spatter of bodily fluids. Shields can be reused after contamination by simply washing with warm water and soap or cleaning with a disinfectant solution. Available in three sizes with a respective rear opening of 8, 9, and 10 cm.
[ 3D PRINTERS ]
The new PRO 4K large format 3D printers from Asiga are open-material printers for 385 nm resins and feature custom-engineered optics for precision pixel placement, reliability, and super-fast print mode for large batches of virtually all resins. They utilize Asiga’s SPSTM Smart Positioning System Technology that ensures the build platform is in the correct position when forming each layer, providing repeatable accuracy and production continuity. Affordable (under $25,000) large-format DLP printers are available in both 65 μm (176.5 x 99 x 200 mm build volume) and 80 μm (217 x 122 x 200 mm build volume) resolution versions in two printing modes: the Native mode for the defined exposure of pixels for specialty applications, and the Standard 4K mode.
[ ZIRCONIA DISCS ]
Using the highest quality Tosoh powder, GenesisZr is made in America and sold direct to labs with no middle man. GenesisZr zirconia starter kits include: 1 - 98 x 12 mm Puck (Other Sizes Available); 1 - 50 ml Origin Chroma Coloring Liquid—One color of liquid of your choice will be Free with the first 16 discs purchased (any size disk); 1 - Sorting Bin (Up to 16 bins with your first 16 discs purchased); 1 - AMS Incisal Tone Sample—One sample Incisal of each Tone is free up to 5 Jars with the first 5 discs purchased; 1 – Brush (one free brush with first order). FDA 510K Cleared, benefits include: High Translucent: 47%; Strength: 1,100 MPa; Indicated for anterior, posterior and bridge cases.
[ DENTURE RESIN ]
Lucitone Digital Print 3D Denture Resin
Optimized for 3D printing in Carbon M-Series printers, Lucitone Digital Print 3D Denture Resin is the next generation of the successful, high-impact Lucitone denture base. This denture resin features Body-Activated Material, a smart polymer technology that permits the finished denture to immediately respond to body temperature while being worn, and provides amplified material properties resisting breakage and preventing the worsening of any existing cracks or fractures. This attribute is accomplished by the material’s thermally responsive reaction causing a twofold increase in the work-of-fracture material property. This strengthening of the appliance is undetectable by the patient.
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[ DISINFECTANT DEVICE ]
UVC LED Disinfectant Wand
The UVC LED Disinfectant Wand is designed to disinfect dental cameras, smart phones, tablets, keyboards, keys, and virtually any item around the office that doesn’t lend itself to chemical sterilization. The 265-280 nm range LED wand is designed to eliminate up to 99.9% of the harmful germs, virus and bacteria in any surrounding.
[ CLEAR ALIGNERS ]
ClearCorrect’s first remote clear aligner treatment solution, ClearCorrect NOW, is a fully clinician-directed teledentistry aligner solution that can help keep patients and clinicians safe in the midst of a pandemic. ClearCorrect NOW gives patients the option of completely virtual treatment, or they can choose to delay in-office procedures. Patients will start with a virtual consultation using the DentToGo™ platform. The clinician will enter a treatment prescription and aligners will be shipped to the patient, with the clinician monitoring progress remotely.
[ SHOE SANITIZING STATION ]
The UVZone Shoe Sanitizing Station
The UVZone Shoe Sanitizing Station is the first and only proactive disinfection solution that uses a patented combination of Ozone + UV-C light for superior disinfection results. This combination is said to be 110x more powerful at eliminating pathogens than using UV light alone. It has been proven to eliminate coronavirus, MRSA, C. diff, E. coli, Candida Auris, Staphylococcus Aureus, Klebsiella Pneumonia, and other similar pathogens in 8 seconds, resulting in cleaner and safer environments. In conjunction with current practices such as using booties, shoe baths, and sticky mats, this is an additional layer of protection for your infection prevention program, particularly in high-risk areas.
[ FACE SHIELDS ]
Great Lakes FACE SHIELDS
Great Lakes FACE SHIELDS are constructed with medical-grade, optically clear PETG thermoplastic and designed to protect against aerosols, sprays, droplets, and mists. Accommodates most dental loupes, safety glasses, and masks.