3D printing material addresses medical and dental applications

Rapid prototyping and additive manufacturing specialist, Objet has unveiled a new bio-compatible 3D printing material.

Objet states that the material combines bio-compatibility with high dimensional stability and clear transparency. This makes it suitable for PMMA simulation and a range of medical and dental applications. According to Dr St Stan Brodie, specialist in Digital Implant Planning and Surgical Guides at iDent, the accuracy and fine detail of Objet 3D printed surgical guides provides surgeons with a consistently high level of precision that's unmatched by manual processes. "The new bio-compatible material now introduces further benefits to the process with improved transparency, making it easier to monitor underlying soft tissue during dental procedures," Dr Brodie said. The new material is designed to enable prolonged skin contact for more than 30 days and mucosal-membrane contact of up to 24 hours. It has five medical approvals according to the harmonised standard ISO 10993 1: Cytotoxicity, Genotoxicity, Delayed Type Hypersensitivity, Irritation and USP Plastic Class VI. MED610 is also manufactured under the ISO 13485:2003 certification, which specifies that each and every batch of the material undergoes bio-compatibility conformity testing, including GC-FID before it is packaged. MED610 can be used on all Objet Connex and Eden 3D printers and is available now.