New partnership expands access to the nanoceramic resin to hundreds of high-volume dental labs using Carbon 3D printers.
Desktop Health™ and Carbon® have validated Flexcera™ Smile Ultra+ for use on the Carbon platform, a partnership that has the oral health additive manufacturing leaders expecting continued big developments with 3D-printed restorations.
Flexcera Smile Ultra+ is a nanoceramic resin designed to deliver optimal strength, life-like esthetics, and long-term performance. The Desktop Health resin is an FDA 510(k) cleared Class II material for permanent, 3D printable dental restorations. It is the first of the Flexera family to be validated, followed by Flexcera Base™ later in 2023.
This breakthrough material represents more than 3 years of research and development and leverages proprietary longchain chemistry to deliver exceptional performance in dental prosthetics, including dentures, crowns, bridges, veneers. The versatile material can be used to quickly produce customized permanent or temporary solutions.
“Demand for our superior Flexcera family of resins has been overwhelming in the marketplace,” says Ric Fulop, Founder and CEO of Desktop Metal, in a press release. “This is the first time we’re making our proprietary resin available to another 3D hardware provider. We’re delighted to work with Carbon, which is widely respected in the dental lab community.”
As part of this new collaboration, Desktop Health's premium resins will be available to users of Carbon 3D printers, which enables more patients to take advantage of digital dentures and other dental restorations that are strong, life-like, deliver great performance, and economical.
“Our customers continue to lead the charge in converting the industry from analog to digital dentures,” Phil DeSimone, Office of the CEO, Carbon, adds in the press release. “Collectively, they have produced hundreds of thousands of dentures on our platform, but this represents only a small percentage of all dentures made, as we are still in the early innings of 3D printed dentures.
DeSimone adds that Carbon remains dedicated to helping labs meet the growing needs of the industry, and that Flexera Smile Ultra+ materials are highly regarded in the market and therefore a natural fit for the company.
Lou Azzara, President of Desktop Health, states in the press release, “We are excited to provide the dental community access to the outstanding esthetic and strength benefits of Flexcera through our partners at Carbon.”
Flexcera™ Smile Ultra+ is for permanent, printable smiles. The next-generation hybrid nanoceramic resin is FDA 510(k) Class II cleared for a wide range of permanent and temporary dental restorations including teeth for dentures, crowns, inlays, onlays, bridges, veneers, and full, monolithic and partial dentures.
Later this year, Carbon and Desktop Health plan to release Flexcera Base, which will add an additional denture material with solid fracture resistance to Carbon's material portfolio.