Formlabs develops new 3D dental resin

Formlabs has released a new biocompatible resin for orthodontic applications, Dental LT Clear, which it first previewed back in March this year. Formlabs also released improvements to its Dental SG Resin, reducing print speeds for surgical guides by up to 50 percent. Both resins are suitable for use with Formlabs desktop stereolithography 3D printer, Form2

Formlabs has released its Dental LT Clear, a long term biocompatible resin for orthodontic use.

Dental LT Clear is a class IIa first long term biocompatible resin, with high resistance to fracture and wear. It’s a clear material that polishes to a high optical transparency. It 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.

Formlabs has also updated its PreForm software so that the Form2 3D printers can work faster with the existing Dental SG Resin, which was first introduced in April 2016. This means that full builds can be up to 20 percent faster, while single surgical guide prints can be produced in half the previous time.

Dávid Lakatos, chief product officer at Formlabs, says that the company is “growing at a pace of over 600 percent year on year” in the dental market, though this is only since last year when the company first entered this market.

Gideon Balloch, dental product lead at Formlabs, added: “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.”





Syndicate content

You can license the articles from Printing and Manufacturing Journal to reproduce in other publications. I generally charge around £150 per article but I’m open to discussing this for each title, particularly for publishers that want to use multiple stories. I can provide high res versions of images for print publications.

I’m used to working with overseas publishers and am registered for VAT with the UK’s HMRC tax authority but obviously won’t charge VAT to companies outside the UK. You can find further details and a licensing form from this page, or just contact me directly here.

Support this site

If you find the stories here useful then please consider making a donation to help fund Printing and Manufacturing Journal, either as a one-off or a repeat payment. Journalism is only really useful if it’s truly independent and this is the only such news source serving the print/ manufacturing sectors.

However, there are costs involved in travelling to cover events, as well as maintaining this site, not to mention the time that it takes to carry out research, check facts and interview people. So if you value this work, then please help to maintain it and keep it free to read.


Never miss a story – subscribe to Printing and Manufacturing Journal to receive an email notification every time an article is published here. It’s completely free of charge and you can cancel the subscription at any point without any hassle. There’s no need to provide any information other than an email address and subscribers details are not for sale so there’s no risk of any further marketing spam.

Related stories


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *