3D Printers - the future of dental design Wednesday, September 25, 2013 @ 13:50:27

For a growing number of dental lab owners, digital dentistry is already here...in the form of 3D printers.

At the very heart of the new era in digital design is 3D printing and by combining oral scanning, CAD/CAM design and 3D printing, we as dental labs have the ability to accurately and rapidly produce crowns, bridges, stone models, and a range of orthodontic appliances for dental offices.

By eliminating the bottleneck of manual modeling the time saved is incredible.  

Dental labs around the world now use 3D printers to: 

  • Fabricate accurate stone models directly from orally scanned digital files
  • Integrate with intraoral 3D dental scanners and a range of dental design software
  • Produce true-to-life veneer prototypes – enabling patients to try and test their veneers prior to making an order
  • Produce delivery trays – allowing dentists to more accurately align & insert real veneers
  • Deliver surgical guide and orthodontic appliances directly from your choice of software
  • Produce series of clear aligners and retainers quickly and precisely from digital files

Have a look at this article from the Newcastle Herald about how a number of schools in the Hunter region have incorporated 3D printers into their teaching modules...recognising that every single industry in the future could benefit from this kind of technology...now, just to wait until the prices drop a little.

3d printer article