Formlabs launches Permanent Crown Resin, further digitising restorative dentistry

Formlabs, a leading 3D printing company, has expanded its dental material offerings with the launch of Permanent Crown Resin and Soft Tissue Starter Pack.

The introduction of these new materials empowers dental offices and labs to further digitise restorative dentistry and offer patients 3D printed long-term restorations such as fillings, crowns (“caps”), bridges, and implants.

3D printing permanent crowns is a completely new application to the dental industry, and with Formlabs’ new Permanent Crown Resin, the company is one of the first 3D printing manufacturers to offer a high-quality solution with a low upfront equipment cost.

Historically, 3D printing permanent restorations was out of reach due to a lack of appropriate dental materials in the market that had the desired mechanical properties, accuracy, and fit compared to milled or conventional materials.

An increase in adoption and accessibility for dental 3D printing over the last five years have opened the door to testing and validating cutting-edge indications. Formlabs’ Permanent Crown Resin provides the material innovation needed to move restorative dentistry forward.

“3D printing improves the patient experience and enables dental labs and practices to provide patients with higher quality, more reliable and affordable solutions to traditional processes,” said Georgio Haddad, dental strategic partnerships lead, Formlabs. “We’re committed to innovating our offerings to provide the dental industry with the tools needed to operate at the cutting edge of an increasingly digital workflow and provide patients with high quality care.”

Permanent Crown Resin, whose digital workflow is developed in partnership with BEGO, is a tooth-coloured, ceramic-filled resin for 3D printing permanent single crowns, inlays, onlays, and veneers.

With an accessible price point and low per-part cost, this resin enables dental businesses of all sizes to achieve high-quality restorations through 3D printing. Permanent Crown Resin provides users with:

  • High strength, long-term restorations with an accurate and precise fit;
  • Low water absorption and a smooth finish to decrease the tendency to age, discolour, or accumulate plaque.

Formlabs’ unique Soft Tissue Starter Pack, which contains Formlabs Flexible 80A Resin and three colour pigments, enables dental laboratories to create customisable Soft Tissue Resin to print gingiva masks for implant models.

With its reliable printing and consistent digital workflow, Soft Tissue Starter Pack enables dental users to plan implant-based restorations more accurately, minimizing chairside adjustment time and expanding what’s possible with 3D printing in dentistry.

Permanent crown 3D printing is a ground-breaking innovation within the dental market. The cutting-edge material will enable early-adopting dental labs and practices to offer a truly digital approach to restorative dentistry.

This, coupled with Soft Tissue Starter Pack and Formlabs’ recent launch of the reformulated Draft Resin, which is capable of four times faster printing speeds, highlights Formlabs’ commitment to the dental industry.

Since the launch of its dental unit, the Form 3B, the company has added 19 new formulations and four new indications of its dental materials. Every Formlabs dental material can be seamlessly interchanged and used on a single 3D printing platform, the Form 3B, enabling dental users to streamline and digitise their workflows.