3D Systems and Amann Girrbach to Collaborate on Dental 3D Printing

- October 22nd, 2018

The companies hope to offer consumers an integrated single-source solution that will accelerate the production of dental devices at a lower total cost of operation.

3D Systems (NYSE:DDD) announced on Monday (October 22) that Austria-based dental company Amann Girrbach will be integrating 3D Systems’ NextDent 5100 3D printing solution into its Ceramill workflow.

Through the partnership, the companies hope to offer consumers an integrated single-source solution that will accelerate the production of dental devices at a lower total cost of operation.

Christian Ermer, head of product management at Amann Girrbach, said in a release that the partnership will let Amann Girrbach customers print their own models without moving out of Ceramill workflow.

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“The NextDent 5100 can also produce bridges, crowns and even the full denture which dramatically lowers production costs and reduces turnaround time,” Ermer said. “This is certainly a win-win for our customers and their dental patients.”

Used for production of orthodontic splints and crowns, among other dental solutions, NextDent 5100 is said to print four time faster and at a reduced cost compared to other competitive systems. The Ceramill workflow solution includes CAD/CAM software, digital milling and testing equipment.

“Additive manufacturing is transforming the way dental applications are planned, produced and delivered, due in large part to the wide variety of NextDent materials that are regulatory approved and clinically evaluated,” Rik Jacobs, vice president, dental, at 3D Systems, said in a release.

In the Investing New Network’s 3D printing quarterly update, one trend identified is an evolution in the dental industry with regards to how 3D printing is used. A recent report by IDTechEx also highlights the use of 3D printing in the medical and dental industries, and notes that 3D printing in the medical industry will exceed US$8.1 billion by 2029.

“This new partnership with Amann Girrbach is an important milestone in our strategy to redefine digital dentistry and demonstrate our ability to optimize production workflows,” Jacobs said.

Following the announcement, shares of 3D Systems were up 2.35 percent and closed the trading session on Monday at US$17. The stock has a “sell” ranking on TradingView with 12 verticals against, 10 neutral and four in favor.

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Securities Disclosure: I, Bala Yogesh, hold no direct investment interest in any company mentioned in this article.

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