Formlabs pushes the boundaries of what 3D-printing can do – Engadget

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The company was here at CES showing off some of its new resins, including a new material that was flexible and elastic. Rigid ABS plastic forms are nothing new, but making structures that can be bent and spring back is something new. According to the company, the products made with the resin have a Shore durometer of 50A, enough to give it, say, rubber-like properties.

Formlabs has also upgraded the resins that it sells for medical professionals to make oral prostheses, called Digital Dentures. This FDA-cleared material, which resembles traditional dentures, is apparently four or five times cheaper than existing methods. That’s a saving that dentists can pass along to consumers, making it faster, and cheaper, for folks to get decent-fitting false teeth.

And while not new, Formlabs was also celebrating some of its achievements from the last year, including ceramic resins. These are now used by jewelry designers to create weird and wonderful forms that are then fired in the traditional manner. Not to mention the company’s partnership with Gillette, which has led to the make-your-own handle system the razor maker offers on its website.

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