One application where 3D printing continues to increase in use is the dental field. Italian startup Yndetech, which produces high-quality dental implants and devices, purchased its first metal 3D printer from 3D printing leader 3D Systems soon after opening in 2016, and has since added three additional ProX DMP 100 3D printers to join the first.

Now, 3D Systems is announcing that the quickly growing startup has just added its 700th customer in only two years.

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“My partner, Francesco Grande, and I realized that the quality of the pieces we were seeing from the DMP 100 was absolutely outstanding. We shared these results with the dental technicians in the area and the feedback was very positive,” said Yndetech President and CEO Emidio Cennerilli.

“Today we are printing a complete portfolio of dental devices with this laser melting technology using 3D Systems’ cobalt-chrome material, including bridges, abutments, and implant bars. Cobalt-chrome has many advantages for dental applications such as biocompatibility, high wear resistance, easy to polish, chrome makes it more resistant to corrosion, and the very smooth surface finish makes it difficult for bacteria to attach to it.”

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Demand has been great for the 3D Systems technology that the startup offers, as the throughput and quality allow Yndetech to provide its customers – mainly dental technicians  – with satisfactory, 24-hour turnaround service, which is supported by the 3D Systems workflow. 3D Systems’ channel partner 3DZ Italy provides on-site technical support and application expertise for the startup’s four ProX DMP 100 3D printers, and makes sure that materials are delivered to customers on time.

“Since I first became acquainted with Yndetech and their 3D Systems laser melting solution, I could no longer work without them,” said Graziano Bruni, with Laboratorio Odontotecnico Bruni & Pellanera. “Compared to the other types of manufacturing processes and other milling centers, Yndetech has allowed me to produce dental elements with very high quality and precision – making my job easier and more accurate at the same time. The cobalt-chrome implants with the easily–removed, thin support structures are my favorite, and competitively priced for the truly excellent quality we receive.”

Yndetech is finding strong support for its use of the ProX DMP 100, and 3D Systems’s Direct Metal Printing technology, in large part because 3D Systems itself is committed to dental 3D printing.

After dental CAD files are uploaded to the startup’s website, or emailed by 3 PM, Yndetech operators use 3D Systems’ Phenix dental software to nest all of the devices for 3D printing on the build plate. Files are ready for overnight 3D printing within three hours, and following build completion the parts are then post-processed the next morning. By 5 PM, they are sent to the customers by courier. Using this workflow, Yndetech can 3D print 500 to 600 dental elements every day.

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In addition to this high throughput, 3D Systems’ technology has given the startup another reason to smile. Yndetech is also ISO 9001 and ISO 13485 certified to manufacture dental and medical parts.

“This level of certification is important to Yndetech’s customers to give them the peace of mind that they are receiving the level of quality and service they expect for dental implants. The quality of the parts in terms of the surface finish is the reason we were able to build this business so quickly,” explained Cennerilli. “Another important factor is the price/performance ratio of the materials, which is quite attractive. The reaction from the Italian market has been so strong, now we are looking to expand our business to other countries.”

Starting today through this Saturday, Yndetech will be showcasing examples of its 3D printed dental implants at Stand 7, Pavilion A3, during the Italian Dental Industries Association’s Expodental 2018 Meeting in Rimini, Italy.

“We are pleased to see a young company like Yndetech succeed so rapidly in a competitive environment where absolute accuracy and predictability are expected. Their success confirms the quality of our complete digital dentistry solutions, which include software, plastic and metal materials, 3D printers and on demand manufacturing – supported by the dedication and experience of our local channel partner 3DZ,” said Wayne Davey, the General Manager for EMEA & India, 3D Systems. “We encourage all dental labs, clinics and service providers to compare the quality and precision of our regulatory-approved solutions for the complete range of dental applications.”

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