EnvisionTEC Previews New Material for 3D Printing Indirect Bonding Trays at World’s Largest Dental Show

  • New E-IDB material joins industry-leading dental library for
    production of dental and orthodontic models, castables, appliances and
  • Trusted, accurate EnvisionTEC Vida 3D printer line for dental industry
    expands with high-speed cDLM model
  • New partnership with 3Shape, whose 3Shape Trios scanner and Ortho
    Analyzer software work hand-in-hand with Vida for tray production

DEARBORN, Mich.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–#3dprinting–EnvisionTEC, a leading global manufacturer of desktop and
full-production 3D printers and materials for the dental industry, this
week previews a new dental material for 3D printing indirect bonding
trays at IDS, the world’s largest dental show in Cologne, Germany.

EnvisionTEC’s new E-IDB material joins the company’s industry-leading
materials library for dental applications and builds highly accurate and
flexible custom trays that allow for fast, accurate application of
orthodontic brackets that release with ease.

In addition to printing quickly — four trays can be built in E-IDB in 45
minutes on an EnvisionTEC Vida 3D printer — the new material requires
virtually no post-processing.

“EnvisionTEC’s flexible E-IDB material finally allows doctors to 3D
print their own indirect bonding trays right in the office rather than
rely on suppliers,” said EnvisionTEC CEO Al Siblani. “This change gives
clinicians more control over their trays, and how tight or loose they
prefer them, as well as the entire treatment process.”

3Shape, an EnvisionTEC partner and a global leader in 3D scanning and
CAD/CAM software for the dental industry, will also be showcasing the
Vida and new E-IDB capabilities in its booth at IDS, to be held March
21-25. The technologies will also be shown jointly at the upcoming
American Association of Orthodontists annual session to be held April
21-25 in San Diego, Calif.

About Indirect Bonding Trays

Indirect bonding trays allow orthodontic offices to place brackets on a
patient’s teeth in about half the time as individual bracket placements,
which can take about two hours.

A custom tray is first created in a digital environment to match a
digital representation of the patient’s mouth, making room for the
specific brackets that should be adhered to each individual tooth. In
fact, software to create indirect bonding trays locates the precise
position on a patient’s tooth to shorten treatment times. After 3D
printing the tray, a technician places the individual brackets into the

The custom 3D printed tray containing all of the brackets is then placed
into the patient’s mouth, quickly lining up brackets to the optimal
position on each tooth. A UV light is then used to adhere the brackets
to the teeth and the guide is removed, transferring all the individual
brackets to the teeth.

Other Show Highlights

Also at IDS, EnvisionTEC will be previewing the new Vida cDLM high-speed
3D printer and several other recently released materials.

The Vida cDLM is the second 3D printer based on EnvisionTEC’s patented
and groundbreaking Continuous Digital Light Manufacturing (cDLM)
technology, which allows for accurate, high-speed 3D printing with fewer
supports. The Vida cDLM will have limited availability in the second
quarter, with a full production launch to follow.

The original Vida 3D printer launched in 2015 and helped drive
EnvisionTEC’s unit sales up 29% in 2016 over 2015. Overall, sales of 3D
printers to the dental industry grew 75% in 2016 over the prior year.

EnvisionTEC also will be showcasing E-Model, a highly accurate and
durable resin that has been in development for more than a year. It is
suitable for creating models for thermoformed aligners, crown and bridge
models and more. The material can also be printed on EnvisionTEC’s large
production 3D printers such as the Vector 3SP, which does not require
consumable parts.

Additionally, EnvisionTEC will showcase new additions to its dental
material library:

  • E-Dent 400, which is more affordable than E-Dent 100, for the direct
    printing of temporary crowns, bridges and roundhouses.
  • E-Gum, which creates flexible gingiva masks for integration into 3D
    printed dental models.
  • E-Guard, a biocompatible crystal clear material for direct production
    of accurate night guards, bite splints and retainers.

About EnvisionTEC

EnvisionTEC is a leading global provider of professional-grade 3D
printing solutions. Founded in 2002 with its pioneering commercial DLP
printing technology, EnvisionTEC now sells more than 40 printers based
on six distinct technologies that build objects from digital design
files. The company’s premium 3D printers serve a variety of medical,
professional and industrial markets, and are valued for precision,
surface quality, functionality and speed. EnvisionTEC’s intellectual
property includes more than 100 pending and granted patents and 70
proprietary materials. Learn more at EnvisionTEC.com.


Sarah A. Webster, +1-313-888-4460