The Silicon Valley startup Carbon announces new partnerships with DENTCA and DREVE, fortifying its position in the dental market. Through these collaborations, Carbon will introduce resins for customized dental products, including 3D printed dentures, gingiva masks, and trays.
Best known for partnering with adidas on the 3D printed Futurecraft 4D footwear (and more recently, the AlphaEDGE 4D LTD), the Silicon Valley 3D printing startup Carbon has transformed additive manufacturing from a prototyping tool to a viable technology for serial production.
Carbon is now sinking its teeth deeper into the dental market, recently announcing new partnerships with DENTCA and DREVE. The 3D printer manufacturer is working with these two companies to disrupt how customize dental and orthodontic products are manufactured.
With DENTCA, Carbon will introduce 3D printed dentures, while the collaboration with DREVE will enable the production of gingiva masks and trays. To situate itself in the dental market, Carbon will develop new dental resin materials for its Digital Light Synthesis (DLS) technology.
“While 3D printing is not new to the dental market, Carbon provides a complete solution with a very unique partnership approach, enabling dental labs to easily design and manufacture customized, high-quality products for their customers,” says Brian Ganey, General Manager of Carbon’s Oral Care Business.
“Carbon is transforming manufacturing in the dental industry with robust and reliable 3D printers, a wide range of industrial-grade dental materials, and next-gen software that enables all these pieces to work together seamlessly.”
Carbon Partners with DENTCA and DREVE, Develops New Dental Resins
DENTCA is the world’s first CAD/CAM denture company, and will provide Carbon dental customers with Denture Base II and DENTCA Denture Teeth, two FDA-cleared (Class II) materials for 3D printed dentures.
When used together, these new resins will allow dental technicians to produce high-quality dentures without the need for traditional denture fabrication knowledge. Through the partnership with DENTCA, Carbon will also offer DENTCA Denture Try-in material for temporary fit evaluation.
Working alongside DREVE, Carbon is releasing two additional resins; DREVE FotoDent gingiva and DREVE FotoDent tray. These materials will enable dental and orthodontic labs to rapidly produce custom gingiva masks and dental impression trays.
A number of 3D printing companies, such as Formlabs and EnvisionTEC, have already found success in the dental market. However, Carbon believes its DLS technology is an optimal solution for dental and orthodontic labs.
Not only does Carbon’s 3D printing ecosystem offer increased efficiency and accuracy, it also has unique features like part traceability and serialization. Therefore, unique ID numbers can be engraved onto 3D models in order to identify the digital historical record of the part.
This is extremely valuable for the dental industry, as the FDA will increasingly require part-specific data to ensure product performance and patient safety.
Although the newly announced partnerships mark a major step for the 3D printing startup, it’s not Carbon’s first foray with the dental industry. Last year, the company collaborated with Whip Mix to develop Whip Mix Surgical Guide. This clear resin is idea for producing dental surgical guides.
Carbon plans to release the new DENTCA and DREVE materials by the end of March.