Formlabs launches Dental Academy, an education platform to advance dental 3D printing

Formlabs, a 3D printing company, has launched Formlabs Dental Academy, a new educational platform dedicated to advancing 3D printing in dentistry with online and in-person courses, step-by-step guides, webinars, and more.

The platform includes free and paid courses designed to enable dental professionals, such as dental lab technicians, orthodontists, and clinicians to learn and successfully implement 3D printing technology in their businesses. Dental Academy courses are available online and in-person.

Implementing 3D printing into a dental treatment plan benefits practitioners by enabling more efficient workflows and less downtime while giving patients access to personalised yet affordable solutions such as custom dental models, crowns, dentures, implants, and more.

Formlabs Dental, a division of Formlabs, has worked closely with key stakeholders and leaders within the dental industry to deliver cutting-edge and accessible 3D printing solutions and materials. While Formlabs users have printed more than 25 million dental parts ranging from models to surgical guides, Formlabs Dental identified a gap in 3D printing education in the field, slowing further adoption of the technology.

To address this skills gap, Formlabs created Dental Academy as a free resource for dental professionals to unlock these benefits with comprehensive training and educational content on 3D printing’s uses and benefits, dental applications, and materials to deliver the best clinical outcomes, user satisfaction, and improved performance and print results.

“Formlabs Dental delivers 3D printers, materials, and workflows to meet dental industry needs and support efficient, affordable personalised care, and improved patient outcomes. Formlabs Dental Academy is the next step towards empowering the industry to capture those benefits by growing professionals’ skillset, knowledge, and businesses with 3D printing. The platform provides free online courses, educational content, and hands-on workshops that enable both dental labs, dentists, and orthodontists to begin or advance their digital dentistry knowledge and skills to benefit both their practice and their patients,” said Philipp Striebe, global dental marketing manager, Formlabs.

To develop the curriculum that supports undergraduate, postgraduate, and MSc education, Formlabs is collaborating with industry leaders, educators and educational institutions such as universities, private centres, and more such as London Dental Institute, SWECADD, and Capacitación Pérez Giugovaz.

The platform includes a variety of courses with subject-matter to suit a range of participants’ knowledge, providing both online and in-person instruction in Formlabs Boston, Berlin, and Budapest offices as well as trusted private educational centres. Dental Academy will continue to evolve as new content becomes available. Focus areas will include an introduction to stereolithography (SLA) 3D printing and its use for orthodontic and restorative applications, digital dentistry benefits, training on technology basics, materials, and implementation strategies within the clinic and lab, and more. At launch, courses will be available in English, Spanish, Swedish and German.

“The Swedish organisation for Computer Aided Digital Dentistry is honoured to be part of the Formlabs Dental Academy. Formlabs has long been in the forefront of additive manufacturing in dentistry and now they have a great educational portal for everyone,” Dr Michael Braian, DDS, CDT, PhD, founder of SWECADD and Formlabs Dental key opinion leader.