EnvisionTEC, a Dearborn-based global manufacturer of desktop and full-production 3D printers, and materials today announced Food and Drug Administration approval for its new E-Denture material, which allows for 3-D printing of lifelike dentures.
Using EnvisionTEC’s materials, dental laboratories and dentists can now combine a pink 3D printed denture base and tooth restoration into a denture that patients can wear for long-term use.
“This new material expands EnvisionTEC’s already industry-leading dental materials library,” says Al Siblani, CEO of EnvisionTEC. “Even more importantly, E-Denture gives our 3-D printer owners the ability to print even more materials.”
E-Denture and the company’s other materials can be 3-D printed on EnvisonTEC’s Vida desktop and Perfactory production machines. Owners of the machines can also 3-D print a variety of dental parts, including:
- Dental or orthodontic models
- Castable crowns, bridges, and partial denture frameworks
- Bite splints or night guards surgical guides
- Indirect bonding trays for orthodontic bracket placement Flexible gingiva masks
- E-Denture will be available for limited distribution later this year.
Founded in 2002, EnvisionTEC now offers more than 40 printers with six distinct technologies that build objects from digital design files for a variety of medical, professional, and industrial markets. The company currently has more than 100 pending and granted patents and 70 proprietary materials.