Straumann continues to build on a partnership that was formed earlier this year with its purchase of a 35% noncontrolling stake in Rapid Shape, a three-dimensional (3D) technology firm. The acquisition follows a nonexclusive distribution agreement, signed in March, which allows Straumann to supply Rapid Shape 3D printers worldwide.
“3D printing will have a key role in dentistry and it was essential for us to gain access to this technology quickly,” notes Marco Gadola, CEO of the Straumann Group. “Rapid Shape is a fast growing entrepreneurial company with industry leading expertise. Their quality, innovation and reliability fit perfectly with our philosophy, and enable us to offer 3D printing as part of our portfolio of integrated solutions.”
Rapid Shape will maintain its open business model of nonexclusive distribution partnerships, so Straumann will sell the printers under its own brand.
From Decisions in Dentistry. September 2017;3(9):12.