Jul 14, 2011

Attenborough Dental Laboratories in Nottingham, England Joins the Sensable Intellifit™ Production Center Program

Sensable Dental, maker of digital dental restoration design and production solutions, announced Attenborough Dental Laboratories, Ltd. of Nottingham, England, has joined the Sensable Intellifit™ Production Center Partner program. A 98-year old firm that is one of Europe's largest dental laboratories, Attenborough will provide 3D printing, milling and pressing services to dental laboratories for partial dentures, crowns, bridges, veneers and other types of restorations designed with Sensable’s Intellifit Digital Restoration System. The partnership further expands Sensable’s global network of production centers, and ensures that Sensable’s customers have access to the latest fabrication methods and innovative materials to deliver precise, high quality restorations to their doctors, without the overhead required for in-house production equipment and staff.

With aging demographics and heightened demand for high-quality dental esthetics helping to drive expected global lab revenues to over US$14.5 billion by the year 2015 , Attenborough is enabling more labs to deliver the most aesthetic removable and fixed restorations – ones with Intellifit’s precision fit, and fabricated in a broad range of materials. These materials include the increasingly popular non-metal options for crowns, bridges, veneers and more.

“Dental labs prefer to focus on where they can add the most value by achieving artistry in their designs, and be free from time consuming tasks which can be delivered by a production centre using CAD-CAM. We have already been working with leading universities to produce custom made medical devices, fixed and removable dental prostheses and orthodontic appliances, maxillofacial devices, and other types of specialty appliances, from replacement mandibles to intra- and extra-ocular devices. We’re now delighted to offer our extensive portfolio of production techniques and materials to the growing Sensable Intellifit lab community,” said Ed Attenborough, managing director of Attenborough Dental Laboratories.

“We share Sensable’s commitment to giving dental labs more choice and applying the best of the industry’s impressive technology advances to deliver even greater productivity and precision,” Attenborough said.

As digital dentistry expands globally, Attenborough’s partnership with Sensable makes it easier for an even greater number of dental labs to transition from manual to digital processes – with the increased accuracy and consistency that CAD/CAM provides – and to offer new products and services to their clients. With Intellifit, labs can purchase the Scan-only or the Scan/Design system configuration and then send the files electronically to Attenborough for 3D printing or milling. The printed patterns can either be returned to the lab for fabrication in the materials of their choice or Attenborough can complete the job by providing the final restorations in a variety of today’s most in-demand materials including glass fiber polyamides, IPS e.max®, various Vita® all-ceramic products, cobalt-chromium (CoCr) alloys (both milled and laser sintered), Zirconium Oxide (both green state and pre-sintered), Crystal Diamond Zirconia, and titanium.

“Today's dental labs want the benefit of using the latest materials without having to invest in expensive fabrication systems. Relying on state-of-the-art production centers allows labs to add their value in the design and finishing. With our Intellifit scan and design systems and network of milling and 3D printing partners, we are meeting that need," said Joan Lockhart, vice president of sales, marketing and customer service at Sensable. "Attenborough has a long, successful track record of being a leader in their market. We are pleased to add them to our network of trusted Intellifit production centers that support and expand our dental customers' fabrication choices. Today's dental labs want the benefit of using the latest materials without having to invest in expensive fabrication systems.”