Formlabs announced a new educational platform dedicated to advancing 3D printing in dentistry.

With online and in-person courses, as well as step-by-step guides and webinars, Formlabs Dental Academy was designed to empower lab technicians, orthodontists, and clinicians to implement 3D printing in their business. . This reinforces the company’s role in the dental industry, with more than 25 million dental parts said to have been 3D printed with Formlabs technology.

Despite such widespread application of its technology in the field of dentistry, Formlabs has identified a need for continuing education. By providing the dental academy as a free resource (although there are also paid courses), Formlabs believes it will fill a perceived skills gap in the dental industry, allowing professionals to take advantage of the capabilities of the 3D printing and to deliver ‘the best clinical outcomes, user satisfaction, and improved performance and printing results.’ Focus areas will include an introduction to stereolithography (SLA) 3D printing, the applicability of SLA to orthodontic and restorative applications, training in the basics of the technology, materials, and implementation strategies.

“Formlabs Dental provides 3D printers, materials, and workflows to meet the needs of the dental industry and support effective, affordable personalized care and better patient outcomes,” commented Philipp Striebe, Global Dental Marketing Manager at Formlabs. “The Formlabs Dental Academy is the next step in empowering the industry to realize these benefits by developing the skills, knowledge and activities of professionals through 3D printing. The platform offers free online courses, educational content, and hands-on workshops that allow dental labs, dentists, and orthodontists to begin or expand their knowledge and skills in digital dentistry to benefit both their practice and of their patients.

To develop the program, Formlabs will collaborate with industry leaders, educators and educational institutions, along with the London Dental Institute, SWECADD and Capacitación Pérez Giugovaz. Together with these partners, the Formlabs Dental Academy will continue to evolve, with courses initially available in English, Spanish, Swedish and German.

“The Swedish computer-assisted digital dentistry organization is honored to be part of Formlabs Dental Academy,” added Dr. Michael Braian, DDS, CDT, PhD, Founder of SWECADD and Key Thought Leader of Formlabs Dental. “Formlabs has long been at the forefront of additive manufacturing in dentistry and now offers a great educational portal for everyone.”

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