Formlabs Announces Faster Biocompatible Materials for Long-Term Use

SOMERVILLE, Mass.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Formlabs, the designer and manufacturer of powerful and accessible 3D printing systems, today announced the release of Dental LT Clear, the first long-term biocompatible resin in desktop 3D printing for orthodontic applications for orthodontic devices. Formlabs also released improvements to its Dental SG Resin, reducing print speeds for surgical guides by up to 50 percent.

“Since entering the dental market in 2016, Formlabs has quickly established itself as the premier player in dental 3D printing,” said Dávid Lakatos, Chief Product Officer at Formlabs. “We now command the largest dental 3D printer user base, have sold thousands of printers to dental professionals, and are growing at a pace of over 600 percent year on year. All of this has catalyzed an industry-wide shift to 3D printing and digital dentistry.”

The fastest Formlabs material to date, Dental LT Clear can be used to print splints and retainers in less than 50 minutes for a single unit. Full-build platforms, with up to seven splints, can be completed in under two hours.

With the latest PreForm software update, Form 2 3D printer users can also benefit from speed improvements in Formlabs’ Dental SG Resin. Single surgical guide prints will now be 50 percent faster, while full builds benefit from a 20 percent speed boost.

“We couldn’t be more excited by how quickly 3D printing is becoming part of the standard of care in dentistry,” said Gideon Balloch, Dental Product Lead at Formlabs. “Over 50,000 surgeries have been performed with a Formlabs printed surgical guide — and that’s just 10 percent of what dental users are doing with our printers. Dental LT Clear adds yet another digital workflow to a library that offers professionals more efficient, accurate and affordable production methods, enabling faster treatments for patients with better clinical outcomes. It’s only going to continue to grow.”

In addition to new product releases, Formlabs continues to build on its unabated growth via deepening partnership and distribution deals with 3Shape and Henry Schein, some of the largest players in the dental market.

Interested customers can request a free sample of Formlabs’ Dental LT Clear or Dental SG material here.

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About Formlabs

Formlabs designs and manufactures powerful and accessible 3D printing systems. Headquartered in Boston with offices in Germany, Japan, and China, the company was founded in 2011 by a team of engineers and designers from the MIT Media Lab and Center for Bits and Atoms. Formlabs is establishing the industry benchmark for professional 3D printing for engineers, designers, and manufacturers around the globe, and accelerating innovation in a variety of industries, including education, dentistry, healthcare, jewelry, and research. Formlabs products include the Form 2 SLA 3D printer, Fuse 1 SLS 3D printer, Form Cell manufacturing solution, and Pinshape marketplace of 3D designs. Formlabs also develops its own suite of high-performance materials for 3D printing, as well as best-in-class 3D printing software.

New tool could make 3D printing easier, faster

Researchers have developed a new tool that could allow novices design 3D printed objects in minutes that would otherwise take experts hours to make.

Any but the simplest designs require expertise with computer-aided design (CAD) applications, and even for the experts, the design process is immensely time consuming.

Researchers at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and the Interdisciplinary Centre Herzliya in Israel aim to change that, with a new system that automatically turns CAD files into visual models that users can modify in real time.

Once the design meets the user’s specifications, they hit the print button to send it to a 3D printer.

“We envision a world where everything you buy can potentially be customised, and technologies such as 3D printing promise that might be cost-effective,” said Masha Shugrina, an MIT graduate student in computer science and engineering and one of the new system’s designers.

For a CAD user, modifying a design means changing numerical values in input fields and then waiting for at least a minute while the programme recalculates the geometry of the associated object.

Once the design is finalised, it has to be tested using simulation software. Those tests can take anywhere from several minutes to several hours, and they need to be rerun every time the design changes.

The new system, called Fab Forms, begins with a design created by a seasoned CAD user.

It then sweeps through a wide range of values for the design’s parameters – the numbers that a CAD user would typically change by hand – calculating the resulting geometries and storing them in a database.

For each of those geometries, the system also runs a battery of tests, specified by the designer, and it again stores the results.

The whole process would take hundreds of hours on a single computer, but in their experiments, the researchers distributed the tasks among servers in the cloud.

The researchers used eight designs, including a high-heeled shoe, a chess set, a toy car, and a coffee mug.

The system samples enough values of the design parameters to offer a good approximation of all the available options.

The researchers also developed some clever techniques to exploit similarities in design variations to compress the data, but the largest data set took up 17 gigabytes of memory.

Finally, the system generates a user interface, a Web page that can be opened in an ordinary browser.

The system automatically weeds out all the parameter values that lead to unprintable or unstable designs, so the sliders are restricted to valid designs.

However, if a particularly sharp-eyed user wanted a value for a parameter that fell between two of the samples stored in the database, the system can call up the CAD programme, calculate the associated geometry, and then run tests on it.

Exovite Aims to Heal Your Broken Bone Faster with 3D Printing

Juan Monzon, the CEO of Exovite

Juan Monzón CEO of Exovite

Breaking a bone is both painful and debilitating, but more than that, it brings with it a long period of healing and recovery – but fear not. A Spanish firm with a background in “Tele-RHB, E-Health and M-Health that promotes technological innovation in tools and medical procedures” is using 3D printing and science to cut down on the time patient’s spend laid up.

Exovite is currently “developing a system of immobilization and rehabilitation tools that will create a revolution in the field of orthopedics and musculoskeletal treatments.”

ferula_exoviteThe Exovite team is composed of medical, electronics, computer, mechanics, and 3D printing specialists who are working on the development of what they say is a comprehensive system to ensure optimization of the immobilization and rehabilitation processes for broken bones.

At this point, if you break your hand or arm, you’re facing the process of getting a cast you’ll have to wear for 5 weeks and another 5 weeks of rehabilitation. Exovite says that by combining 3D printing, software, and some electrical engineering, they’ve devised a more modern and efficient way to recover from a broken arm, hand, or foot–and that their device can cut the rehab time for a similar injury to just 7 weeks.

CEO Juan Monzón says the work being done in an R&D laboratory located in Zaragoza will lead to the first clinical trials of the system, and he says his company is close to closing a deal with a client that will lead to those trials.exovite bone healing 3d printing

The Immobilization System is created with 3D scanning, which accurately measures and analyzes a patient’s arm. Exovite says a printable “cast” will be applied directly to a person’s arm and adds that the scanning process takes less than 5 minutes. A personalized, custom-made splint is modeled on each patient’s physiology. It’s waterproof, weighs less than 350 grams, is made to reduces skin irritation during the immobilization phase, and features a “grid system” facilitates healing.

The Rehabilitation System attached to the 3D printed cast uses an electrostimulator, which allows the immobilization to be completed and to start rehabilitation and make those two processes overlap.

The electrical muscle stimulation device uses a micro-USB data download system and a rechargeable lithium-ion battery that can operate for two hours at a time, and it can all be controlled by an app the company calls Exopad – an app for iOS and Android. The app can be used to control various aspects of the electrostimulation device and even share and receive medical advice online.exovite

While the Exopad app is geared toward consumers–in this case patients–the company’s Propad software is geared toward professionals. Propad allows physicians to monitor and manage treatment and personalize the process for different patients by controlling the stimulator device, gathering measurements, and analyzing the progress of each patient. The company says doctors can also conduct assessments in conjunction with a patient via a smartphone’s camera.

While Exovite has yet to debut on the market, Monzón says the development process is about 90% complete. The company hopes to launch the system this coming September.

Carbon 3D Creates Super Fast Printer That is 100 Times Faster. Watch This Video


3D is taking the world by storm, and one company in particular is looking to break shackles and push the technology further into a new movement. The company that is shocking everyone in the industry is called Carbon3D.

Above is a video that showcases an innovative new 3D printing technology in which an Eiffel Tower is printed at rocket speeds with precision, top quality in under 46 seconds. Beyond remarkable by any standards.

A weeks ago, Carbon 3D, emerged from nowhere on the main stage of the famous TED conference and presented on an innovative polymer based 3D printing process that is portrayed to perform 25 to 100 times faster than anything that is available on the market today, setting a claim in the ground to be the ultimate leader in 3D industry.

The company calls this new technology CLIP – Continuous Liquid Interface Production technology (CLIP) that harnesses light and oxygen to continuously grow objects from a pool of resin instead of printing them layer-by-layer.

The technology was simultaneously introduced to the scientific community as the cover story in the journal Science and was also featured in Science Daily. This 3-D printing technology changes the game in many ways, mainly it enables objects to rise from a liquid media continuously rather than being built layer by layer, as they have been for the past 25 years, thus showcasing a fundamentally new approach to the process of 3-D printing.

Carbon 3D has technically created an innovation that manipulates light and oxygen to fuse objects in liquid media, making it the first 3D printing process that uses tunable photochemistry, and this has turned heads and got everyone’s attention.

The technology will allow ready-to-use products to be manufactured atleast 25 to 100 times faster than any other methods existing in the industry that will allow it to create never achieved before geometries which will further open opportunities for innovation in many fields, including healthcare, aviation, industrial, automotive and retail.

“By rethinking the whole approach to 3D printing, and the chemistry and physics behind the process, we have developed a new technology that can create parts radically faster than traditional technologies by essentially ‘growing’ them in a pool of liquid,” said Joseph DeSimone, who presented on the innovative technology at a TED talk in Vancouver, British Columbia.

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Who is Carbon 3D?

Carbon 3D is a based out of Redwood City, California and is privately held company that had originally launched in Chapel Hill, NC back in 2013. The company has secretly been working on this new innovative technology CLIP, that harnesses the power of light and oxygen to cure a photosensitive resin. The Continuous Liquid Interface Production technology (CLIP) was originally developed by Professor Joseph DeSimone, Professor Edward Samulski, and Dr. Alex Ermoshkin

Tell Me More About CLIP Technology

Carbon 3D’s CLIP technology raises the bar of 3D printing industry in a few major ways:

  • SPEED: This new technology will create at speeds of 25-100 times faster than conventional 3D printing
  • COMMERCIAL: The technology will produce objects that will be ready for commercial use instantly
  • MATERIALS: This allows one to use a whole new range of polymeric materials, which wasn’t possible before.

CLIP’s innovative technology launch ironically also coincides with United Nations designating 2015 as the International Year of Light and Light-Based Technologies, which recognizes important anniversaries of scientific advances enabled with light and this being one of the first innovations that will break industry norms.

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“Current 3D printing technology has failed to deliver on its promise to revolutionize manufacturing…our CLIP technology offers the game-changing speed, consistent mechanical properties and choice of materials required for complex commercial quality parts.” –  Dr. Joseph DeSimone, CEO and Co-Founder, Carbon3D.

CLIP is a tunable photochemical process, which is tremendously different from any of the traditional techniques used for 3 D printing, normally a layering effect that is slow and tedious. This CLIP process is built on a special transparent process that allows light and oxygen to get through into a resin pool, that quickly enables it to bring any shape into life, almost instantly.

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Have They Received Any Funding? Who Are They Backed By?

Since the launch of the company, Carbon3D set extremely high standards and made huge claims to become the leader in the industry. This not only impressed many ventures to look deeper into them as a company, Carbon 3D were able to convince and partner up with Sequoia Capital, to lead their Series A round of financing in 2013 along with Northgate Partners, Piedmont Capital Partners and Wakefield Group.

Sequoia Capital is no joke, their name in the industry alone is proof that they have something amazing in the making. Sequoia’s reputation is rock solid, afterall they have over 40 years working with awesome entrepreneurs and creators like Steve Jobs, Larry Ellison, John Morgridge, Jerry Yang, Elon Musk, Larry Page, Jan Koum, Brian Chesky, Drew Houston, Adi Tatarko and Jack Dorsey, among many others who have gone on to break records and create new ground in their industries. It is said, that in aggregate, Sequoia-backed companies account for more than 20% of NASDAQ’s total value. Just last year, in 2014, Silver Lake Kraftwerk led the Series B round of financing with Northgate Capital and Sequoia Capital, for a total raise of $41 million.

The most interesting part was that no one even knew this was happening at Carbon 3D, now all of a sudden, the company has shown its value and come out with a surprise technology that is set to change the way the industry works in 3D printing world.

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“If 3D printing hopes to break out of the prototyping niche it has been trapped in for decades, we need to find a disruptive technology that attacks the problem from a fresh perspective and addresses 3D printing’s fundamental weaknesses,” said Jim Goetz, Carbon3D board member and Sequoia partner. “When we met Joe and saw what his team had invented, it was immediately clear to us that 3D printing would never be the same.”

Below, is another video clip that showcases Carbon 3D’s lighting fast printing process with this new innovative CLIP technology. This one prints a demo at 7X speed, wait till you see products being printed at 100X speeds.


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Here are some pictures, graphs and images for the new CLIP technology set to break ground in 3D printing world.
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There are so many amazing innovations happening in 3D world, with the current processes and layered approach. Some are changing industries, some are solving the world’s most pressing problems. Hence, a lot is at stake for Carbon 3D, we’ll have to see if they can keep it in top gear throughout this journey and truly break ground, all while they also keep an eye on the rear mirror to see who else is catching up with them. In the meantime, Sequoia seems extremely happy with their investments in Carbon 3D and looks to make more than their expected ROI.

What do you guys think of this technology? Anyone else think our world is set to change in 3D printing?

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Russian Startup Wants to Fix Your Broken Bones Faster With 3D Printed Casts

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14:51 07.02.2015(updated 15:50 07.02.2015)

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A newly-established Russian company, Zdravprint, or Healthprint, has come up with its own ideas on how to replace an individual lightweight cast.

The venture fund Maxfield Capital, a firm that invests in global seed and early stage technology companies, has already allocated $100,000 in investments for the development of water friendly 3D- printed cast alternatives, which heal a lot faster and help to avoid the annoying itchiness while healing the fractured bones.

3D Printed Cast, developed by Zdravprint, a brainchild of the Russians Fyodor Aptekarev and Aleksandr Charkassov, has even more advantages compared to conventional fracture plasters.

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It allows air to be supplied to the injured parts of the body, hence the skin under the plaster does not become dry and scaly.

It causes a lot less, if any, macerations, ulcerations, infections, rashes, itching, burns, and allergic contact dermatitis.

It is a lot lighter and does not restrict movement as much.

The process is as following: First a patient has the injured limb scanned in three dimensions. Then, a computer makes a model of the splint or cast using special plastic in a 3D printer. The plastic cast can be made in any color, and once printed all that needs to be done is for it to be heated and smoothed into shape.

3D printed plastic casts and splints

A plaster cast, however, is still needed in the first stages of repairing a break, as it enables doctors to control and adjust the initial bone union. This lasts for about a week until the swelling subsides. It is only after this that the 3D-printed version can take its turn.

Production of the new type of cast takes about 12 hours in terms of the actual printing, and the subsequent fitting can be completed in less than an hour.

Aptekarev claims he got the inspiration for the idea from a 3D printed dress designed by Francis Bitonti.

As a skateboarder, he has suffered a number of broken bones, and suffered from an uncomfortable heavy plaster cast, which invariably itched. Thus he came up with the idea of introducing a custom-made cast using a 3D printer to help people overcome their medical problems.

Aptekarev predicts that within seven years, his 3D printed casts will have taken over from plaster completely.