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Dentistry gets its own 3-D printer Grant Gastineau, DDS, who has a private practice in Chanute, Kan., learns about the just-launched Planmeca Creo C5 chairside 3-D printer from Planmeca Clinical District Sales Manager Suzanne O’Connor during the Planmeca Mardi Gras Party, held during the 2019 Midwinter Meeting in Chicago. Attendees were invited to handle the company’s latest offerings in 2-D and 3-D imaging, chairside milling, intraoral imaging, intraoral scanning and 3-D printing. (Photo: Robert Selleck, Dental Tribune America)
Grant Gastineau, DDS, who has a private practice in Chanute, Kan., learns about the just-launched Planmeca Creo C5 chairside 3-D printer from Planmeca Clinical District Sales Manager Suzanne O’Connor during the Planmeca Mardi Gras Party, held during the 2019 Midwinter Meeting in Chicago. Attendees were invited to handle the company’s latest offerings in 2-D and 3-D imaging, chairside milling, intraoral imaging, intraoral scanning and 3-D printing. (Photo: Robert Selleck, Dental Tribune America)

Dentistry gets its own 3-D printer

By Robert Selleck / DTA
February 25, 2019

CHICAGO, Ill., USA: Planmeca used the 2019 Midwinter Meeting to launch its Creo C5 3-D printer, offering demonstrations of the technology in its booth. The 3-D printer is custom-engineered for dental professionals to enable delivery of same-day appliances, including surgical guides and dental models.

The printer, which uses FDA-approved resins, can create surgical guides or dental models in less than 15 minutes, 50-60 temporary crowns in less than 10 minutes, or up to five full arch dental models in one print.

“It’s all about creating a more efficient workflow and enabling practices to provide more in-office services,” said Lenny Asuncion, Planmeca’s product marketing manager — CAD/CAM, during an interview at the meeting.

The Planmeca Creo C5 uses LCD Photomask technology, which projects a uniform light source that virtually eliminates imperfections when printing dental appliances. The printer does not require calibration, features an easy-to-use touch display with pre-programmed settings and uses open STL and PLY files for seamless integration.

The Creo C5 will soon fully integrate with Romexis (Planmeca’s all-in-one suite of dental-practice software), fully linking the printer into treatment processes from start to finish: scanning, designing, creating a model to clearly communicate with the patient, milling and creating surgical guides to ensure successful outcomes.

The resins used by the Planmeca Creo C5 come in proprietary capsules labeled with QR codes that the printer automatically reads to ensure the correct resin is being used for the planned printing. The result is high-quality 3D printing materials – without any material waste.

The device has garnered quite a bit of attention at its unveiling at the Midwinter meeting, with groups of dentists frequently gathering around it in the Planmeca booth for a demonstration. “It really is a time-saver,” Asuncion said.

A recently printed full-arch model is visible on the just-launched Planmeca Creo C5 3-D printer. Up to five models can be printed at a time on the versatile printer, created specifically for dentistry. (Photo: Robert Selleck, Dental Tribune America)

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