October 10, 2023
Formlabs introduces elastomeric BioMed materials, BioMed Elastic 50A Resin, alongside BioMed Flex 80A Resin and IBT Flex Resin to streamline workflows and reduce labor time for flexible, dental and medical biocompatible parts, the company reports. Formlabs introduces three healthcare-focused materials to its library. The two new BioMed materials will expand the applications for 3D printing in healthcare, reducing the time and costs associated with traditional production methods, such as molding, for surgical models and medical devices. Additionally, IBT Flex Resin is designed with tear-resistant and transparent properties for dental applications including 3D printed direct composite restoration guides and indirect bonding trays.
“Adoption of 3D printing is accelerating in healthcare and dentistry, bringing patients the benefit of personalized care that improves comfort and outcomes,” says Formlabs President of Healthcare Guillaume Bailliard. “Formlabs’ materials development team is dedicated to delivering new materials and solutions that will advance 3D printing in healthcare and dental workflows and expand the possibilities for patient-specific care. By adding these new flexible and elastomeric materials to our extensive biocompatible and dental materials library, we are ushering in a new wave of personalized healthcare and digital dentistry that will bring the benefits directly to patients.”
Flexible BioMed Materials for Devices and Models
BioMed Elastic 50A Resin and BioMed Flex 80A Resin are biocompatible materials with ISO 10993 and USP Class VI certifications that enable an expanded personalized approach to healthcare. These materials are suited for long-term skin contact and short-term mucosal membrane contact for flexible patient-matched medical device components, comfortable medical devices, as well as tissue medical models for surgeons to reference in the operating room. Each material delivers flexibility to suit different applications:
BioMed Elastic 50A Resin: A soft and elastic material for applications requiring comfort, biocompatibility and transparency. The material’s elasticity will suit mass-personalized medical devices requiring long-term skin contact and patient-specific fit, soft-tissue models, gastrointestinal models for fluidics visualization, or complex neurovascular models for surgeons to reference in the operating room.
BioMed Flex 80A Resin: A firm, flexible, medical-grade material for applications requiring durability, biocompatibility and transparency. The ability to directly print this medical-grade resin will reduce workflow times by eliminating molding to directly produce flexible, patient-specific medical devices or firm tissue medical models surgeons can reference in the operating room.
IBT Flex Resin: Flexibility for Dental and Orthodontic Applications
IBT Flex Resin is a Class I FDA registered, biocompatible material that delivers consistent\ outcomes for printing accurate, indirect bonding trays and direct composite restoration guides, Formlabs says. With flexibility, tear resistance and translucency, this material will enable dental labs and clinics to save time and costs while maintaining the accuracy needed for precise application of orthodontic brackets and restorative composite materials.
BioMed Elastic 50A Resin, BioMed Flex 80A Resin, and IBT Flex Resin are available now for Form 3B/+ and Form 3BL printers.
Sources: Press materials received from the company and additional information gleaned from the company’s website.
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