Renishaw and BioHorizons collaborate to offer custom LaserAbutments

February 22, 2016

Renishaw plc has announced collaboration with dental implant producer BioHorizons to produce custom metal additively manufactured abutments known as LaserAbutmentsTM. The joint initiative enables dentists to offer cost effective custom abutments for restorations, providing exceptional function and aesthetics.


The process provides a technologically advanced custom abutment made by Renishaw’s hybrid manufacturing systems, where the abutment is additively manufactured to capture fine occlusal details and then precision machined to achieve precisely fitting interface geometry for screw-retained implants.

Following an ISO 13485 approved quality management system, the abutments are made from CoCr that has been biocompatibility tested according to ISO 10993. This enables standard porcelains to be bonded to the surface without a separate coping/crown, providing a screw-retained crown which can later be temporarily removed for hygienic maintenance or work on adjacent teeth.

Using Renishaw Dental Studio (RDS) software, dental labs design their abutment in-lab and submit it digitally to Renishaw central manufacturing, making LaserAbutments highly accessible to dental laboratories. LaserAbutments are supplied with a pre-polished emergence profile, helping to save laboratory time, and with a titanium screw for each abutment.

“This is yet another case of metal 3D printing innovation dismantling the limits of traditional manufacturing methods and opening new horizons for complex geometries and mass customisation of parts, at a very attractive cost,” stated Ed Littlewood, Marketing Manager at Renishaw’s Dental Products Division. 

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