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March 31, 2023

The 3D printing market is heating up, and NextDent by 3D Systems looks ready to offer dentists who want to 3D print a variety of printers and materials to take their clinic to the next level.

We stopped by the NextDent booth at IDS and had a talk with Stijn Hanssen, Director of Dental Applications and Busness Development at NextDent. 

We chatted about their new releases, and what else they have in store. 

You can watch the full interview, or enjoy the transcript below. 

Hey Stijn! Can you tell us a bit about your new releases?

Of course. We have our new LCD1 3D printer. NextDent is known for the NextDent 5100, which is a high-speed DLP printer. But, to bridge the gap in our portfolio, we announced the LCD1, a small desktop printer with LCD technology, which means it doesn't come with the speed that the 5100 has, but it covers the whole range of NextDent materials. 

It is also an open system so you can use other materials as well. With a new two container washing device and a small cure box.

With the price point at about $600 US , it's a really affordable entry level system. 

On the material side, we have a new upcoming base material, which is a higher impact material. It has a little bit of ductility to it, so you can also use it for partial dentures. It comes in five different well known denture shades. It is a next step in our denture 3D printing revolution.

Are all the NextDent resins available for the LCD1 3D Printer?

Yes, absolutely. All the NextDent resins are available on the printer preset. You select them in the software. For example; if you want to make a model, or a base, or maybe some crown and bridge work, you would select the material and go straight to the printing. On top of that, there's also an open system so you can dial in your own settings if you want to test another material.

It's completely open?

Yes! It's completely open.

We are opening up in a lot of ways. We want to validate our resins on different printers that are available in the market. We have partnerships, for example, with Ackuretta, Phrozen, SHINING 3D and others, that we will talk more about soon.

At the same time on this new printer, we want to have the pre-selected resin from NextDent available, but we don't want to lock the system.

You mentioned that there are two materials coming out. A new base and what else?

The base is very interesting. It's a class two material, clinically and on the laboratory side. We have a new castable resin, it's called Cast Blue. This material is highly intriguing for laboratory use due to its superior strength in comparison to the traditional cast material. You can put it on and off the model multiple times and it has very good combustibility. It burns out very easily, It's less of a hassle within the laboratory workflow. Of course we are always working on new materials. 

That's everything at the NextDent booth. We've got a new entry level printer, a few new materials, and the company's really serious about opening up. 

What are your thoughts? Do you think it’s a good move for them to open up? Leave your comments below. 

About the author 

Dr Ahmad Al-Hassiny

Dr Ahmad is a global leader in digital dentistry and intraoral scanners, carrying out lectures as a KOL for many companies and industry. He is one of the few in the world who owns and has tested all mainstream scanners and CAD/CAM systems in his clinic. Dr Ahmad Al-Hassiny is a full-time private dentist in New Zealand and the Director of The Institute of Digital Dentistry (iDD), a world-leading digital dentistry education provider. iDD offers live courses, masterclasses, and an online training platform, with a mission to ensure dentists globally have easy and affordable access to the best digital dentistry training possible.

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