EnvisionTEC, using the 3D printing technologies, serves the medical industry with its wide range of applications for medical devices like dental drill guides, hearing aids, dental temporaries and tissue engineering scaffolds.
EnvisionTEC Perfactory series of 3D printers produce drill guides using a bio-compatible material, E-Shell 600 (trade named Clear Guide) certified by United States Pharmacopoeia (USP) Class VI testing. The drill guides are medical devices that allow precise drilling into a patient’s mouth for placing dental implants. The spectral and light energy output of the Perfactory 3D printer ensures bio-compatibility, thus linking both the machine and the material to the USP Class VI certification.
EnvisionTEC’s E-Dent material for use on the Perfactory line of 3D printers was the first CE Certified and 510(k) FDA-approved 3D printed material for the purpose of creating temporaries. E-Dent comes in three shades (A1, A2, and A3). The structures can be cut back and then layered using any light-curable shade composite in order to match the existing surrounding teeth. 3D printing allows for the production of highly accurate temporaries within few hours, saving both time and labor.
The E-Shell line of liquid photo-reactive acrylates is both CE-certified and classified as Class IIa bio-compatible according to ISO 10993/Medical Product Law for Hearing Aids when used according to the published guidelines on an EnvisionTEC Perfactory 3D printer. The E-Shell line of materials are water and perspiration-resistant and available in over 15 colors with transparent and opaque options.
EnvisionTEC Perfactory and 3D- Bioplotter systems have been used since 2002 for a variety of medical applications. In the clinical setting, patient CT or MRI scans are used to create STL files to print solid 3D models which can be later used as templates for implants.
Tissue engineering and controlled drug release applications require 3D scaffolds with well-defined external and internal structures. EnvisionTEC’s 3D-Bioplotter can fabricate scaffolds from a wide array of materials, from soft hydrogels over polymer melts to hard ceramics and metals.
Scientists from multiple disciplines conducting pre-clinical research are experimenting with their own proprietary or third party materials, using EnvisionTEC machines.