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IBT Resin - Formlabs



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Flexible biocompatible material for efficient and precise placement of dental brackets.

Formlabs IBT resin is a resin designed for the fabrication of indirect luting trays for the placement of orthodontic brackets. The clear, flexible material holds brackets in place for installation and bonding. The device allows orthodontists to place and bond all brackets at the same time, reducing patient chair time and increasing patient comfort.

IBT resin end piece for application in the dental sector.

Image 1: IBT resin end piece for dental application. Source: Formlabs.

IBT resin is part of a line of dental-specific resins from the renowned manufacturer Formlabs. The use of 3D printing as a manufacturing tool is becoming more and more common in the dental field. Dental resins allow models of crowns and bridges, surgical guides, splints or retainers to be made with incredible accuracy and with very low material costs for each element, allowing the use of the printer with any of the dental resins to be amortised in a few months. In addition, digital case planning in the dental industry eliminates the need for physical models and streamlines the process and workflow.

Formlabs IBT resin has a Shore 90A hardness, with adequate flexibility for its application. However, the material is designed to break rather than alter bracket placement if excessive force is applied during bracket removal.

Placement of brackets on indirect luting trays.

Image 2: Placement of brackets in indirect luting tray. Source: Formlabs.

Thanks to the properties of IBT resin and the fact that it allows a resolution of 100 microns, the final parts can be printed quickly.

The manufacturing process with IBT resin is as follows:

  1. Scan and design.
  2. Export STL file.
  3. 3D printing preparation.
  4. 3D printing.
  5. Post-processing.
  6. Post-curing.
  7. Final finishing.

Thanks to Formlabs Dental Software, print set-up and management is simplified. Formlabs Software is free and designed to help the user work quickly and efficiently. In just a few clicks, the user can prepare the parts for printing, as well as access all their printers from the cloud.

Video 1: Formlabs software. Source: Formlabs.

As with other FormLabs resins, the printing process is very intuitive. For more information about the manufacturing process with IBT resin, we recommend downloading the complete manufacturing guide in the "Downloads" section.

IBT resin is a biocompatible material. Therefore, this resin is not compatible with the Form 3 3D printer. In order to use IBT resin and to carry out the printing process optimally, the following materials and devices must be used:

To ensure the biocompatibility of IBT resin, the use of dedicated tanks, printing bases, form wash and finishing kits is required and must not be mixed with any other resin.

The introduction of resins such as Formlabs IBT resin into the workflow allows for streamlined processes and greater customer convenience.

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Below, a series of usage tips are cited that must be taken into account at all times with the use of FormLabs resins:

Change cartridge

Changing the resin cartridge of the FormLabs printers is very simple, just close the top cap of the ventilation duct (vent) and remove the cartridge by holding it by the handle it has. Then the other is inserted and the vent plug is opened in case an impression is to be started. To avoid drips through the 3D printer, this process must always be carried out with the resin tank mounted.

Vent plug FormLabs

Image 1: Vent plug of the FormLabs cartridges. Source: FormLabs

After finishing each impression the vent plug must be closed so that the resin maintains its properties. In addition, if you don't use the printer for some time, you should keep the cartridge in its original box to keep the properties of the resin intact.

Resin tank

Each type of resin must have its resin tank, which must be changed after using 2L of resin. FormLabs has developed a more powerful tank, the Resin Tank LT, which has a life up to 20 times longer than the standard tank.

FormLabs Resin Tank LT

Image 2: FormLabs Resin Tank LT. Source: FormLabs

To protect and store the excess resin in the tank after each printing, FormLabs supplies a lid that ensures a perfect closure. Once the tank is closed, it is recommended to store it (with resin and lid) in the original box so that the resin doesn't lose its properties when exposed to UV rays for a long time. Another point to keep in mind is that the tanks can't be cleaned with any cleaning product or similar (for example, isopopyl alcohol), since they lose certain qualities that can cause continuous failed impressions.

FormLabs Resin Tank

Image 3: FormLabs Resin Tank. Source: FormLabs

Failed printing

When an error occurs in printing may be because solid parts of a previous printing have fallen to the resin tank. In this case, a spatula at 45° must be passed through the printing tank, gathering all the solid parts in a corner and removing them. To ensure that the tank resin doesn't contain any solid parts, the resin should be cast with a 190 μm paper filter. Once cast, it is put back into the tank and it is ready to be used again.

Video 1: Clean resin tank. Source: FormLabs

Isopropyl alcohol

Isopropyl alcohol is the key to the washing and post-processing of parts and you should know when it is time to change it. In the Finish Kit the moment to change it's when the IPA (Isopropyl Alcohol) is so saturated with resin particles, that after washing the pieces are still sticky. At that point you must remove all the liquid, clean the container well and throw new IPA, but never fill in on the previous one.

Finish Kit FormLabs

Image 4: Finish Kit FormLabs. Source: FormLabs

In the Form Wash, the wash center itself indicates through its screen when it is time to change the isopropyl alcohol.

Video 2: FormLabs Ecosystem. Source: FormLabs

If you wish you can contract our SLA 3D printing training courses (online or in person) by contacting us through the contact form. The training is oriented to obtain a wide knowledge and know how to use the 3D SLA FormLabs printers from the beginning and t.hus avoid major errors.

General information
Manufacturer FormLabs (Massachusetts, EEUU)
 Technology SLA / LFS
Material Photopolymer
 Wavelength UV 405 nm
Format 1 litre
Compatible 3D printers Form 2Form 3BForm 3BL
Compatible resin tanks Form 2 LTForm 3
Printing properties
Layer height 100 microns
Layer exposure time There is no need to configure the print parameters on Formlabs printers. The chip embedded in the resin cartridges detects the type of material and sets the print automatically.
Layer cooling time
Lifting height
Exposure of the lower layers
Number of lower layers
Curing and washing properties 
Wash time (FormWash) 20 min
Curing time (full cure in FormCure) 60 min / 60º C
Mechanical properties (uncured / cured)
Izod impact resistance (ASTM D256-10)
Charpy impact resistance
Elongation at break (ASTM D 638-10) 29%
Tensile strength (ASTM D 638-10) 5.2 MPa
Tensile modulus (ASTM D 638-10)
Flexural strength (ASTM D 790-15)
Flexural Modulus (ASTM C 790-10)
Surface hardness  (ASTM 2240) < 90 Shore A
Thermal properties (uncured / cured)
Softening temperature (ASTM D 648-16 / @ 0.45 MPa)
Further information
Lifetime (from manufacture)  24 months
HS Code 2916.1

* The typical values detailed in this table should be considered as a reference. Actual values may vary depending on the 3D printer model used, part design and printing conditions. We recommend that you confirm the results and final properties with your own test. For further information, please refer to the product data sheet.


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