3D technology revolutionizes dental care


Do you hate chomping on clay to make a mold for an orthodontic appliance? Well 3D scanning and printing are advancing into the dental field at warp speed, making processes faster, easier and even more accurate.

Dental applications are growing as a significant sweet spot for 3D printing because of its focus on one-off custom parts that require very tight tolerances. There is growing penetration in orthodontics and prosthodontics for half a dozen different types of additive manufacturing technology.

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A virtual Who's Who of suppliers exhibited at the International Dental Show in Cologne, Germany this month showing how 3D printers can cut lead times and boost productivity....
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