The company is releasing a suite of products to allow for an end-to-end workflow for clear aligners.
3D printer manufacturer, LuxCreo, announced a solution for orthodontists and dentists to produce same-day clear aligners, designed to bypass traditional models and thermoforming stages. The company is releasing a suite of products—including hardware, software, materials, and services—to allow for an end-to-end workflow, which reportedly can deliver aligners to patients in as little as 2 hours.
The new products include iLux Pro Dental, a high throughput, small footprint, heated, chairside DLP printer with 50-micron pixel resolution powered by LEAP™ technology. The iLux Pro Dental is said to be capable of printing up to 175 models horizontally or up to 64 direct aligners in an 8-hour shift.
The LuxAlign® design software is designed to automatically generate aligner retainer designs, add trimlines, repair tooth gaps, and vary aligner thickness for efficacy and patient comfort. The iLuxCure Pro is a programmable, multi-wavelength, multi-direction, high-irradiance post-print cure that can cure 6 to 8 aligners within 30 minutes.
Additionally, the company has introduced its Direct Clear Aligner Material (DCA), a tough, flexible clear aligner material with high transparency without manual polishing, enabled by LuxCreo’s Digital Polishing™ technology. DCA has received 510(k) FDA clearance for Class II indications.
Lastly, LuxCreo has introduced LuxScale, which allows dentists to order or modify the remaining aligner treatment plan from a LuxCreo smart factory after patients receive and approve their initial aligners.
"After 5 years of collaboration with orthodontists, dentists, and dental labs, we are excited to introduce our integrated suite of direct aligner digital fabrication tools," LuxCreo CEO Mike Yang said, according to a press release from the company. "LuxCreo direct print aligners offer higher accuracy compared to thermoformed alternatives which can result in a better patient fit. Furthermore, our patent-pending multi-thickness technology enables customized teeth movements tailored to each patient's unique treatment needs."
The iLux Pro Dental 3D printer and iLuxCure Pro are available now for order and are scheduled to begin shipping in May 2023.
LuxCreo will unveil these products during the American Association of Orthodontists' annual meeting, April 21-24, 2023 in Chicago, Illinois.