Medical & Dental

Dental company Straumann looks to get their teeth into 3D printing

Swiss Dental company Straumann has announced plans to acquire a 3D printing partner. Straumann made a net income of $229 million in 2016, and are looking to invest into the advanced technology.

According to CEO Marco Gadola, Straumann are approaching the market in order to ensure their company are a “total solutions” provider. Especially since, “more and more dentists are looking at 3D printing in their own offices.” Straumann currently provide “implant, restorative and regenerative dentistry.”

As we’ve regularly reported on 3D Printing Industry, there are a number of 3D printing companies that are currently trying to tap-in to the dental industry. Earlier this year, 3D Systems acquired dental materials company Vertex-Global in order to combine their Figure 4 system with dental applications.

3D printed 14-unit cobalt chrome framework produced by Sinterix in Dubai. Photo via Khaleej TImes.
3D printed 14-unit cobalt chrome framework produced by Sinterix in Dubai. Photo via Khaleej TImes.

Worldwide distribution network 

Straumann hopes to collaborate with a 3D printing company in order to expand their offerings. Through such a partnership, as Gadola explains, the company can offer, “a worldwide distribution network, especially when it comes to penetrating dentists’ offices.” At 3D Printing Industry there are a range of companies we expect Straumann will have their eye on. We’ll bring you more news on this as we have it.

Recently 3D Printing Industry took a look at some of the current developments of 3D printing for dentistry during our visit to the 3D Medical Expo. The dental conference showcased 3D printed titanium teeth from British 3D printers Renishaw.

3D printed copings and tooth models by Renishaw at the 3D Medical Expo 2017. Photo by Beau Jackson.
3D printed copings and tooth models by Renishaw at the 3D Medical Expo 2017. Photo by Beau Jackson.

Future of the technology

In other dental 3D printing news this month, the Dubai Health Authority announced they plan on 3D printing teeth by the end of the year. This coincides with Straumann’s plans as they intend to complete a partnership within the next twelve months.

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Featured image shows Dental implants. Image via Straumann Holding. 

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