The dental industry is one of the sectors that rapidly attracts additive manufacturing experts due to the increasing use of resins for final parts. However, like other sectors, the advancement of this field also depends on the collaboration between dental specialists and AM experts. Another collaboration that exemplifies this vision is the one of KeyPrint and Loctite brands.
KeyPrint is the brand of KeyStone, a group of dental companies that focus largely on consumable digital, laboratory, operatory and preventative products. The company has recently signed a partnership with Rapid Shape® GmbH that approved the use of their materials on its dental 3D printers.
Loctite, on the other hand is the AM brand of Henkel. The giant provides advanced materials and services for additive manufacturing across a broad variety of industry segments.
Keystone has been partnering for many years with Molecule Corp., which was acquired by Henkel in 2019. In addition, the companies have established longstanding business relationships with leading OEM printer manufacturers.
Today, this collaboration between Henkel and KeyStone will enable Henkel to add dental applications to its 3D printing portfolio. Furthermore, Henkel and Keystone will further drive the penetration of the KeyPrint line through increased validations and partnerships with 3D printer companies and rapid innovation of new materials to help dental professionals and patients with customized 3D solutions.
There is no doubt, combining the KeyPrint and Loctite brands will give more strength to the two companies and more capabilities to serve dental customers by improving the manufacturing of dental parts, such as the unique KeySplint Soft night guard and splint resin.
Henkel and Keystone will work together to develop opportunities, educate the marketplace, and market the 3D printing solutions globally.
“We are very pleased to find such a natural partner as Keystone”, said Ken Kisner, Head of Innovation for 3D Printing at Henkel. “The combination of their longstanding know-how in the dental space with our broad material science expertise and market access will unlock new opportunities to develop and commercialize high-performance solutions for the dental markets. Our rapid innovation capabilities fit very well with this dynamic market, and Keystone’s long history of polymer and ISO-compliant medical device manufacturing adds tremendous value to us.”
“We are excited to partner with a global industry leader and its professional team”, added Ira Rosenau, President at Keystone. “Henkel’s expertise and global presence will allow us to further bring our innovative 3D printing solutions to all corners of the dental market worldwide. The collaboration is a mutual fit for both companies presenting opportunities for further growth.”
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