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3D Printing Digital Impressions Scanners

Carestream Dental Validates SprintRay Pro Printer, Makes it Easier for Practices to Offer Clear Aligners

Now, more doctors can confidently add in-house clear aligners as a treatment option for their patients with the validation of the SprintRay Pro printer for use with Carestream Dental’s newest update to its modeling software, CS Model+ v5.

Source: PRESS RELEASE: Carestream Dental Validates SprintRay Pro Printer, Makes it Easier for Practices to Offer Clear Aligners

I like this for two reasons. Carestream is moving toward interoperability by adding more 3D printer options that will work with their scanners and software. Plus I believe 3D printing will be the future of dental fabrication and this is another nice step in that direction.

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3D Printing CAD CAM Theraputics

XJet and Straumann partner to scale up ceramic Additive Manufacturing for dentistry

From 3D Printing Industry:

Material jetting specialist XJet has announced a global partnership with dentistry leader Straumann to advance the capabilities of its AM technology for dentistry applications. The duo intends to develop the XJet Carmel 1400 system currently used at the Straumann headquarters in Basel, Switzerland to begin producing end-use ceramic parts.

Source: XJet and Straumann partner to scale up ceramic Additive Manufacturing for dentistry – 3D Printing Industry

A step toward 3D printed ceramic restorations.

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3D Printing CAD CAM Digital Impressions Future Tech

Digital Workflow Experience takes dentists through ‘office of now’

From ADA News:

Dentists can experience firsthand how to integrate digital technology into their practices as part of the Digital Workflow Experience at the ADA FDI World Dental Congress this September in San Francisco.

Source: Digital Workflow Experience takes dentists through ‘office of now’

I was intrigued by the title “Digital Workflow Experience” as that has become a major interest of mine. However the FDI exhibit is focused on clinical procedures such as digital impressions. That is fine however I see digital workflow as more a function of the business side of the office.

Nevertheless if you are going to FDI in September check it out.

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3D Printing Future Tech Theraputics

German scientists create see-through human organs

From Reuters:

Researchers in Germany have created transparent human organs using a new technology that could pave the way to print three-dimensional body parts such as kidneys for transplants.

Source: German scientists create see-through human organs – Reuters

If we can print a kidney I am sure we can print a tooth.

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Heart 3D-printed with human tissue

A team of Israeli scientists “printed” a heart with a patient’s own cells in a world first, researchers say.Past researchers had been able to print simple tissues without blood vessels, the team said. This development was the first time “anyone anywhere has successfully engineered and printed an entire heart replete with cells, blood vessels, ventricles and chambers,”

…Because the heart is made from the patient’s own biological material, it reduces the chance the transplant would fail, according to the research paper.

Source: Heart 3D-printed with human tissue in world first by Israel scientists

WOW…I mean just WOW.

The future is coming and it will be amazing!

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3D Printing Future Tech

3D-printed implants shown to help grow ‘real bone’

From Medical Press:

Chemically coated, ceramic implants successfully guided the regrowth of missing bone in lab animals while “steadily dissolving,” researchers report. Surgeons and scientists at NYU School of Medicine and NYU College of Dentistry say their implanted scaffolds were naturally absorbed by the test animals’ bodies as new bone gradually replaced the devices.

Source: 3D-printed implants shown to help grow ‘real bone’

Amazing!

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Dental 3D Printing Market, 24.5% Growth Expected by 2023

From Medgadget:

The Global Dental 3D Printing Market is expected to grow significantly over the forecast period. It is estimated that the Global Dental 3D Printing Market is expected to register a CAGR ~ 24.5 % during the forecast period of 2018–2023. Dental 3D printing is a form of modern dentistry and is considered to be wide-spreading in the dental industry. Dental 3D printing involves creating three dimensional solid dental models such as dentures, surgical guides, dental implants, crown and bridges

Source: Dental 3D Printing Market CAGR ~24.5% Expected To Reach by 2023 | Key Players Overview by Stratasys Ltd, 3D Systems, EnvisionTEC, Inc, DWS Systems, Renishaw Plc, Formlabs and More | Medgadget

This is business not dental. Never the less it is another indicator that dental 3D will be important in the future. Right now 3D has more potential than actual everyday use. Early adopters willing to take risks can get in ahead of the curve. On the other hand dentists contemplating a big investment in milling devices may quickly end up with obsolete technology.

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3D Printing CAD CAM

Accuracy evaluation of dental models manufactured by CAD/CAM milling method and 3D printing method

RESULTS The RMS value (152±52 µm) of the model manufactured by the milling method was significantly higher than the RMS value (52±9 µm) of the model produced by the 3D printing method.

CONCLUSION The accuracy of the 3D printing method is superior to that of the milling method, but at present, both methods are limited in their application as a work model for prosthesis manufacture.

Source: Accuracy evaluation of dental models manufactured by CAD/CAM milling method and 3D printing method

Interesting.

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3D Printing CAD CAM General

STL (file format)

From Wikipedia:

STL (an abbreviation of “stereolithography”) is a file format native to the stereolithography CAD software created by 3D Systems.[1][2][3] STL has several after-the-fact backronyms such as “Standard Triangle Language” and “Standard Tessellation Language”.[4] This file format is supported by many other software packages; it is widely used for rapid prototyping, 3D printing and computer-aided manufacturing.[5] STL files describe only the surface geometry of a three-dimensional object without any representatio

Source: STL (file format) – Wikipedia

STL is the standard file format used for 3D objects. In dentistry this applies to digital impressions. CAD CAM mills, restorative software, 3D printers and more.

Do NOT purchase any 3D system, including CAD-CAM unless it is STL compliant and allows you, the user, to export data to outside systems. In other words is the system interoperable?

The opposite of interoperable is proprietary. Many (maybe most) dental vendors try to sell us proprietary systems which keep us captive,then have the audacity to tell us being their prisoner is in our best interests. Don’t let them do that to you.

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3D printing advantages for dentistry

Both the material and the so-termed FAB family of printers have the aim of increasing efficiency and reducing the number of procedures necessary to produce dental prostheses. The printers can generate five-element precision bridges in less than 20 minutes.

Source: 3D printing advantages for dentistry

3D is coming fast.

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More Dental 3D Printing; EnvisionTEC

Our materials are designed for a range of applications, for example: Dental and Orthodontic Models (E-Model and E-Appliance) Castable Crowns, Bridges, Copings and Partial Denture Frameworks (Press-E-Cast, E-Partial, PIC 100 C) Direct Crowns and Bridges (E-Dent 400 has been approved for long-term use in Europe and up to one year of use in the United States) Bite Splints or Night Guards (E-Guard) Indirect Bonding Trays (E-IDB) Surgical Drill Guides (Clear Guide and E-Guide Tint) Flexible Gingiva Masks (E-Gum

Source: No. 1 in Dental 3D Printing | Clinically Approved | EnvisionTEC

Follow the link for an excellent overview of the state of the art with 3D printing in dentistry. EnvisionTEC is the current industry leader.

The dental machines use various resins to make splints, retainers, surgical guides and the rest. At this time most users are labs and orthodontists. However there are uses and machines for general dentists. In addition there are machines called bioplotters that actually print tissue. Bioplotters are not yet ready for dental use however the potential is amazing.

For more information contact 365Printing.

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3D Printing Future Tech

The Digital Dentistry Movement

From TCT Magazine:

That “goo” refers to the traditional process of creating a dental impression which has been used commonly, and continues to be, throughout dental practices and labs for centuries.

Source: The Digital Dentistry Movement – TCT Magazine

TCT is a magazine for the 3D printing industry. The linked article has a great deal of detail on the process, materials and technology of 3D printing in dentistry.

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3D-printed Mouthpiece Promises to Floss Your Whole Mouth in Just One Bite

From Geek.com

…a company called Blizzident wants to simply that part of your oral hygiene routine. How? By 3D-printing you a crazy customized flossing device. They call it (logically enough) 3D-Flosser, and they say it can floss your entire mouth in seconds. All you have to do is bite down and release and you’re done.

Source: 3D-printed Mouthpiece Promises to Floss Your Whole Mouth in Just One Bite – Geek.com

I am not sure if this is brilliant or nuts. It is a creative use of customized 3D printing.

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3D Printing CAD CAM Theraputics

Nexa3D, BEGO and XYZprinting Form Strategic Partnership to Accelerate the Transformation of Digital Dentistry

Nexa3D, the maker of ultra-fast Stereolithography professional-grade 3D printers, BEGO, the leading provider of digital and traditional dental materials, 3D printers and services together with XYZprinting, the world’s leading desktop 3D printer brand, today announced the groundbreaking three-way partnership designed to transform digital dentistry…

…”This comprehensive three-way strategic alliance is designed to accelerate dental market access to affordable industrial grade 3D printing solutions globally,” said XYZprinting CEO, Simon Shen.

Source: Nexa3D, BEGO and XYZprinting Form Strategic Partnership to Accelerate the Transformation of Digital

Before long every dental office will have a 3D printer as a basic piece of equipment just as we now have an x-ray device. I saw four different dental 3D printers at the GNYDM. Just a few years ago there were none.

The future is coming…

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3-D printing could deliver dentistry to Astronauts

From CNN:

Werkheiser’s department at NASA also works with universities and small businesses that are working on printable medical solutions for the future. Printable designs will be able to help astronauts with dental care, custom casts for fractures and sprains, sustainable tips for thermometers, vitamins, antibiotics, skin grafts and even food.

Source: 3-D printing could be the ‘doctor’s bag of the future’ – CNN

Very cool. The convergence of AI, digital diagnostics and 3D printing will completely change the future of medicine and dentistry.

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3D Printing Future Tech Theraputics

3D Printing Dental Startup Wins Big at Propelify Innovation Festival

Arfona aims to bring affordable tooth replacement to the masses with their groundbreaking process for 3D printing partial dentures. By partnering with leading dental materials manufacturers, Arfona is able to use its 3D printers to produce popular products such as partial dentures to save dentists and patients time and money.

Source: 3D Printing Dental Startup Wins Big at Propelify Innovation Festival

Here is a link to he Arfona site.

It looks awesome. Hopefully it will bring down costs as promised.

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3D Printing Future Tech

Scientists Close to 3-D Printed Ovaries

From NPR:

The list of things that can be created with 3-D printers keeps getting longer: jewelry, art, guns, food, medical devices and, now, mouse ovaries.

Source: Scientists May Someday Fight Infertility With 3-D Printed Ovaries : Shots – Health News : NPR

Amazing! Ovaries today teeth tomorrow

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3D Printing Future Tech Theraputics

3D Printing in Dentistry

Current uses Dental labs currently use 3D printers to print wax templates of prosthetics that they use to fabricate the final prosthesis.”In the very near future, 3D printing will be used to make temporary crowns, bridges, and dentures,” Dr. Chicchon said, noting that this is a year or so away.

Source: Dental News, Dental education, Dental Social networking

This is going to be huge.

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3D Printing CAD CAM Future Tech Theraputics

How 3D Printing Could Bend the Cost Curve in Healthcare

From Longitudes:

…additive manufacturing could bend the cost curve in a number of industries, especially healthcare.

Source: How 3D Printing Could Bend the Cost Curve in Healthcare | Longitudes

The primary issue in all healthcare including dentistry is cost. Insurance would not be an issue if people felt they could pay for quality care at a reasonable price.

Technology, such as 3D printing and smartphone based apps have the potential to bring the cost of healthcare waaaay down. In the past every medical dental device was purpose built to do one rather specific thing. Development and manufacturing costs were high and the number of potential customers (buyers) was low. However if a dentist can use his/her smartphone and simply down load an app or send a file to an off the shelf 3D printer the cost of future tech will be much lower than in the past.

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3D Printing Future Tech Theraputics

Cancer survivor becomes the first person to get 3D printed face created using SMARTPHONE

From Daily Mail Online: HT ADA

A cancer survivor whose face was ravaged by a tumour, leaving him with a large hole where his eye, nose and cheekbone had been, has become the first person to receive a 3D printed face prosthesis made with a smart phone…

…Dr Rodrigo Salazar, a dentist and specialist in oral rehabilitation, from Paulista University (UNIP) in Sao Paulo, has been leading the project for two years.

Source: Cancer survivor becomes the first person to get 3D printed face created using SMARTPHONE | Daily Mail Online

I love this story for two – actually three – reasons. The two primary reasons is that it uses two technologies and trends I have been talking about for a couple of years. That is using smartphones as the primary platform for a medical device and using basic 3D printers to make custom prothethis. The result is amazing and very inexpensive.

The third thing I love is that this was all managed by a dentist.

Another take.