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Planmeca has recently announced the Planmeca Creo™ C5, a new chairside 3D printer that is said to offer unprecedented speed, accuracy and safety when 3D printing directly in the dental clinic. The product is designed specifically for dental professionals and is capable of fabricating custom surgical guides, dental models and aligner bases in one single patient visit.

The Creo™ C5 uses specialized LCD technology, material capsules and optimized settings to ensure that the device is easy to use and reliable. The system’s materials have been tailored to the nuances of printing methods and the device’s advanced LCD technology allows for industry-grade results with the added benefit of exceptional speed. Additionally, the product’s material capsules allow for smooth and safe printing processes each time with effective and efficient material utilization.

“Additive manufacturing has numerous applications and enormous potential in dentistry as elsewhere”, said Jukka Kanerva, Vice President of Planmeca’s Dental Care Units & CAD/CAM division. “3D printing enables producing patient-specific dental applications reliably and in a fraction of the usual time. Now we are bringing this powerful technology to dental clinics.”

The system also seamlessly integrates with the Planmeca Romexis® software for a simple workflow. The material parameters are pre-programmed and the nesting is automatic, which guarantees reproducible high-quality results, since no manual calibration or settings are needed.

Research on the digital dentistry market, published by iData Research, reveals that the rapid prototyping systems market, which includes 3D printing systems, is currently tied for the highest growth rate in the overall market. This is despite constituting less than a twentieth of the overall market value. While many units are currently placed in lab settings, a shift to office placements is being observed as more professionals—even surgeons—see the usefulness of these types of devices. This market will be driven as technological innovations allow more dental objects to be created using a 3D printing system. Additionally, the surgical guide market is experiencing staggering growth, and since rapid prototyping systems offer the ability to print surgical guides, this market will be driven in parallel.

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More on the digital dentistry device market in the U.S. can be found in a series of reports published by iData entitled the U.S. Market Report Suite for Digital Dentistry Devices.