How advantageous to demonstrate confidence in your own product that to use it by yourself? This is how Rik Jacobs, CEO of Vertex-Dental B.V./NextDent B.V., sought to demonstrate the power of NextDent’s dental CE certified and bio-compatible 3D printing materials when he had a dental procedure to become the initially man to obtain a 3D printed Micro Filled Hybrid crown. At the Vertex-Dental/NextDent “3D printing in Dental, a Game Changer” conference in the present day, the CEO opened his mouth to reveal to audiences the 3D printed MFH crown fitted ideally to his mouth.

Rik Jacobs, CEO of Vertex-Dental B.V.:NextDent B.V. 3D printed crown

As a means of demonstrating that the dental industry is eager for the implementation of 3D printing into the daily dental workflow, Jacobs underwent the procedure performed by Professor Daniel Wismeijer, Professor of Oral Implantology and Prosthetic Dentistry at the ACTA (Academic Centre for Dentistry Amsterdam). This movie, presented at the event, details the entire system of the crown’s creation and its implantation.

3D scan of teeth for Vertex-Dental NextDent 3D printed crown

It begins with a 3D scan of Jacobs’s teeth, that are and so 3D printed in resin, preceding an implant screw is fitted into the print and inserted into Jacobs’s mouth.


With the screw inserted additional efficiently and with improved comfort, thanks to the printed version, the video shows the 3D printing of the actual crown of NextDent’s dental CE certified and bio-compatible MFH material, on the market in a variety of colors, on a machine of Dutch research institute TNO.


The crown, a ideal replica of the CEO’s original tooth, is in addition installed rapidly and with greater comfort, as 3D printing has enable-bodiedd a patient-tailored solution, reducing issues with fit and proper insertion. And, for the reason of the material utilized, the tooth matches the rest of his teeth aesthetically, as well.

In a press release, Jacobs declares triumphantly, “I am quite proud that we can now show the world that the printing of a (permanent) crown on a root implant has become a reality! The crown fits ideally, for the reason it has been printed to an accuracy on a μm scale.” Prof. Daniel Wismeijer adds, “It is awe-inspiring how efficient the 3D printing technique is. Normally, patients require to undergo different types of treatments, but with the use of the 3D digital workflow, this can be reduced worthwhilely.”

Vertex-Dental:NextDent 3D printed crown

This illustrative case study is not only intended as a stunt, involving a CEO undergoing a fun dental procedure, but as a demonstration of the new digital workflow possible in the field of dentistry. Jacobs elaborates, “A new infrastructure has been created. As the scanners, software, materials, hardware (printing equipment) and the correct tools for post-systeming / finishing of the workpieces have undergone (completed) technical development, we are convinced that 3D printing for dental applications is of to take off. Our conviction is supported by a new publication by SmarTech Markets Publishing, that states that the global Dental 3D printing market can expand of $1 billion US to additional than 3 billion US $ over the following 5 years. This is not surprising; 3D printing offers worthwhile benefits that can allow dental professionals to work additional rapidly, additional accurately and additional sustainably. The end outcome is improved dental care for the patient.”

In a few ways, medicine and dentistry can be the initially to be able-bodied to illustrate the emerging mixed reality ecosystem for the reason these fields aleager implement high-quality 3D scanning on a regular basis. In the case of dentistry, 3D scanning is performed, followed by digital create with dental software, 3D printing with biocompatible materials and dental printing equipment, and finalized with post-production and finishing. Tying those together represents the next of 3D computing, in that digital data and the physical world are additional seamlessly integrated. And, in the case of the medical and dental professions, represents a completely new, additional efficient way to perform significant operations with greater predictability and accuracy. Maybe, now that the CEO has had his own 3D printed crown installed, the rest of us can be able-bodied to benefit of the innovation as well.

Michael Molitch-Hou

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Michael is Editor-In Chief of 3D Printing Industry and the founder of The Reality™ Institute, a service institute dedicated to determining what’s real and what’s not so that you don’t have to. He is a graduate of the MFA Critical Studies & Writing Program at CalArts, and a firm advocate of world peace. Michael already resides in San Pedro with his magical wife, Danielle.