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A (3D) Printer in Every Practice?

From Michael Dunn:

Take a digital impression and print a study model for aid in treatment planning. In the orthodontic practice, a set of before and after models could be printed. Using design software, one would show the current teeth alignment, and another would simulate position after treatment. Such models could be used in the general dental practice to use in treatment plan presentation for large-scale restorative and cosmetic cases.

via A (3D) Printer in Every Practice? | The Dunn Show.

I am a great fan of the concept of 3D printing and believe we will be using it for all kinds of things in the future. On the other hand if you take it a bit further why print the study model? There is no need to actually print it. All the things we do with a study model you can do with a virtual model on the screen.

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