Desktop Health, a service recently launched by Desktop Metal, received the Conformité Européenne (CE) Mark certification for its Flexcera resin, a proprietary technology for use in 3D fabrication of high-quality dental prosthetics. The CE Mark affirms that Flexcera resins meet the requirements of the European Medical Devices Directive, paving the way for Desktop Health to launch Flexcera resins to dental professionals within the European Union (EU) and other CE Mark geographies. Flexcera Base, which recently received U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and Flexcera Smile are Desktop Health’s first formulated and optimized digital dental solutions.
“The introduction of Flexcera marks the inception of a remarkable new era in dentistry, combining advanced science with 3D printing technology to deliver superior strength, aesthetics, and function for patients”.Michael Jafar, President & CEO of Desktop Health
“We are very pleased to report CE Mark certification for Flexcera, launching our global expansion to meet the needs of dental professionals and their patients,” said Michael Jafar, President & CEO of Desktop Health. “The introduction of Flexcera marks the inception of a remarkable new era in dentistry, combining advanced science with 3D printing technology to deliver superior strength, aesthetics, and function for patients”.
The need for dental prosthetics is on the rise, with the global dentures market estimated to reach $3.8 billion USD by 2027. The European dentures market is an $878 million market, driven by the advancement of technology which addresses the limitation of current 3D printed dental prosthetics in both brittleness and aesthetics.
Flexcera resin was developed with the strength of ceramic coupled with long-chain chemistry to ensure optimal denture properties. When used with EnvisionTEC 3D printers, dental providers can print up to eight customized Flexcera dentures in less than two hours, delivering on the promise of same-day, high-quality dental prosthetics.
“The ability to deliver beautiful, high-quality, printable dental prosthetics is a powerful new capability made possible by Flexcera and Desktop Health,” said Prof. Patrik Zachrisson, Co-Founder and Vice President of the International Digital Dental Academy and a Partner Dentist at Digital Smile Studio in the United Kingdom. “Until now, the production of dentures has been limited to milling methods which are time-consuming or 3D printing methods which have been brittle. For the first time, with Flexcera, we now have a complete digital denture solution that delivers on the four cornerstones of what should be expected from 3D printing: strength, high aesthetics, accuracy, and speed.”
Flexcera resin offers a high fracture resistance, moisture resistance to prevent staining or discoloration, and an overall natural aesthetic that offers lifelike tooth translucency and a natural-looking smile. It is expected to launch commercially in Europe in late summer 2021 and in the U.S. and Canada by the end of June.