TEMPE, ARIZONA & BOSTON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Align Technology, Inc. (“Align”) (Nasdaq: ALGN), a leading global medical technology company that designs, manufactures and sells the Invisalign® system of clear aligners, iTero™ intraoral scanners and exocad™ CAD/CAM Digital orthodontics and restorative dentistry software, and Desktop Metal, Inc. (NYSE: DM), a global leader in high-volume additive manufacturing technologies, today announced a strategic collaboration to supply Desktop Labs with iTero Element™ Flex intraoral scanners general dental locations with its growing network of premium full-service labs.
The iTero Element Flex intraoral scanner will be the exclusive restorative scanner for Desktop Labs, which is already one of the largest laboratory networks in the United States serving general dentists.
The iTero Element™ Flex intraoral scanner gives clinicians more mobility and freedom to care for patients wherever they see patients. The wand-only configuration puts the power of iTero Element™ technology right in the hands of clinicians, allowing them to perform full arch scans in even the smallest of offices. Scanning and visualization in bright colors enables faster clinical evaluation and impressive chairside patient discussions. The iTero Flex scanner also enables clinicians to collaborate more efficiently with dental labs by sending restorative STL files directly to the lab or exporting them from the iTero cloud without leaving the office.
Desktop Labs provides family dentists with quality digital design and manufacturing solutions through its trusted community of labs like DAL, using various cutting-edge technologies including Desktop Health 3D printers and materials. Desktop Labs uses Einstein™ 3D printers and Flexcera™, a family of FDA 510(k)-cleared Class 2 materials, to create permanent dental restorations. Both Desktop Labs and Desktop Health are wholly owned subsidiaries of Desktop Metal.
“We are excited to have the opportunity to bring the benefits of the iTero Element Flex scanner to the Desktop Labs installed base of US GP dentists,” said Joe Hogan, President and CEO of Align. “Today’s announcement reflects our commitment to a relationship that we expect will continue to evolve and expand as we partner with Desktop Labs to bring advanced restorative workflows to market. We see great potential in allowing dentists to scan patients and then use the scan data to directly order restorative services or print-ready digital files from Desktop Labs that can be 3D printed in their offices. In addition to the iTero scanners, we also look forward to extending the benefits of the Align Digital Platform, including the Invisalign system and exocad software, to Desktop Labs customers. We look forward to sharing more details on our progress as the relationship grows.”
“Desktop Metal stands ready with Align to help dentists deliver accurate, durable dental solutions to patients faster,” said Ric Fulop, Founder and CEO of Desktop Metal. “We anticipate that all restorative components will transition to digital manufacturing within the next decade, enabled by better material properties and improved fit, as well as the extension of insurance coverage to digital solutions. Offerings like Desktop Health’s Flexcera™ resins are just the beginning of the innovations made possible by rapid, custom mass production through world-class 3D printing tools like Desktop Health’s Einstein™ printer.”
“Our strategic collaboration with Align will help accelerate the adoption of digital dentistry and take it to a new level by offering the dental industry a seamless digital restorative solution that uses the iTero Element Flex to empower dentists with our desktop Labs network that serves general practices,” said Lou Azzara, President of Desktop Labs. “We look forward to working with Align to advance the standard of care in the dental market, and we welcome dentists to join our cutting-edge digital dentistry community.”
About Align Technology, Inc.
Align Technology designs and manufactures the Invisalign® system, the world’s most advanced clear aligner system, iTero™ intraoral scanners and services, and exocad™ CAD/CAM software. These technology building blocks enable enhanced digital orthodontic and restorative workflows to improve patient outcomes and practice efficiencies for over 234,000 physician customers and are key to accessing Align’s 500 million consumer market opportunities worldwide. Over the past 25 years, Align has helped physicians treat 14 million patients with the Invisalign system and is driving the evolution of digital dentistry through the Align Digital Platform™, our integrated suite of unique, proprietary technologies and services designed as a seamless , end- All-in-one solution for patients and consumers, orthodontists and general dentists, and labs/partners. Visit www.aligntech.com for more information.
For more information about the Invisalign system or to locate an Invisalign-trained doctor near you, please visit www.invisalign.com. For more information on the iTero digital scanning system, visit www.itero.com. For more information on exocad’s dental CAD/CAM offerings and a list of exocad channel partners, visit www.exocad.com.
Invisalign, iTero, exocad, Align, Align Digital Platform, Smile Architect, Invisalign Go, and ClinCheck are trademarks of Align Technology, Inc.
About desktop metal
Based in Burlington, Massachusetts, Desktop Metal, Inc. is accelerating the transformation of manufacturing with an extensive portfolio of 3D printing solutions, from rapid prototyping to mass production. Founded in 2015 by leaders in advanced manufacturing, metallurgy and robotics, the company addresses the unsolved challenges of speed, cost and quality to make additive manufacturing an indispensable tool for engineers and manufacturers around the world. Desktop Metal was selected by the World Economic Forum as one of the 30 Most Promising Technology Pioneers in the World and named to MIT Technology Review’s 50 Smartest Companies list. Visit www.desktopmetal.com for more information.
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