Dental 3D Scanning and Printing

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Richard McComas is Senior Editor covering Dental Industry Trends in 3D Printing and Scanning.  Richard has a Masters Degree in Education and speaks at industry conferences and developes workflows and curriculum for 3d techhnology education in Dentistry.  Richard is an Industry Analyst and Opinion Leader who has written, researched and covered consumer and professional technologies for more than 10 years as both a journalist and market researcher.

XYZprinting announced 3-way Partnership with Nexa3D and BEGO

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XYZprinting, one of the top desktop 3D printer manufacturer has announced a 3-way partnership with Nexa3D and BEGO. Nexa3D manufactures ultra-fast, professional SLA 3D printers that use its patented Lubricant Sublayer Photo-curing (LSPc) technology while BEGO is a family-owned German company which has pioneered SLM dental 3D printing. The three will work together to modernize the era of Digital Dentistry.

 

Source: https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/nexa3d-bego-and-xyzprinting-form-strategic-partnership-to-accelerate-the-transformation-of-digital-dentistry-300556106.html

3D Printed Braces with NIR Tech for Faster Healing

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A group of researchers at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) have used 3D printing to incorporate NIR therapy directly into dental braces. Near infrared (NIR) light therapy is a technique used for speeding healing and relieving pain. The brace is customizable and provides sufficient external loading to stimulate healthy rebuilding of the bone structures.

 

Source: https://www.nanowerk.com/spotlight/spotid=48660.php

3D Printed Braces with Redesigned Batteries and LEDs are the future of Orthodontic Alignment

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Researchers from King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) have developed an orthodontic system that uses smart 3D printed braces and flexible, non-toxic batteries. The system consists of a semitransparent, 3D printed dental brace that places two near-infrared LEDs on each tooth, along with one lithium-ion battery to power the LEDs, which provide localized light therapy to the teeth. The redesigned state-of-the-art lithium-ion battery technology are flexible with biosafe encapsulation within the braces to make a smart dental brace.

 

Source: https://discovery.kaust.edu.sa/en/article/358/flexible-batteries-a-highlight-for-smart-dental-aids

Volunteering Woman receives Robotic Surgery for 3D Printed Teeth Implant

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The first ever Robotic Dentist which placed a 3D Printed Teeth Implant in a woman in china on September 16 in Xian, Shaanxi, China. The woman volunteered for the autonomous surgery by the Robotic Dentist which was developed over the past four years by researchers with the Beihang University Institute of Robotics and the Fourth Military Medical University’s affiliated Stomatological Hospital.

 

Source: https://www.engadget.com/2017/09/22/brave-volunteer-robot-dental-surgery

Structo and Materialise collaboration results in PrintWorks Pro for Dental 3D Printing

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The partnership of Structo, a manufacturer of SLA 3D printers specifically for dental applications and Materialise has resulted in launch of Structo’s PrintWorks software and now, the two have introduced Structo PrintWorks Pro, a customized version of Materialise Magics Print that is designed to simplify 3D print file preparation for dental professionals using Structo 3D printers. The software features semi-automatic support generation, which reduces support removal time by 82% compared to conventional software.

 

Source: http://www.materialise.com/en/press-releases/structo-materialise-announce-printworks-pro-a-collaboration-to-simplify-3d-print

3D Printing Gives Egyptian Mummy New Life

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The face of an ancient female Egyptian mummy has been reconstructed with the help of 3D printing and forensic science techniques, an important step to better understand who she was. This reconstruction was only made possible due to the work of a multi-disciplinary team led by scientists at Melbourne University, combining medical research, forensic science, computerised tomographic (CT) scanning, 3D printing, Egyptology and art.

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Sea Urchins' Teeth Sparks Ideas

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A 3D printed claw to explore Mars has been created by scientists ... inspired by the humble sea urchin's teeth. The device could be used to sample rocks from the Red Planet and other mysterious world's thanks to the spiny creature's extraordinary mouth.

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Dubai Health Authority Working on a 3D printing Dental Services

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Dubai Health Authority is working on a 3D printing strategy for medical services. Dubai Health Authority stresses the importance of utilizing smart technology especially 3D printing in diagnosing, preventing and treating patients and sees dental care as a sector with huge potential.

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Royal Canin Launches Dental Learning Tool for Cats and Dogs

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Royal Canin’s veterinary marketing manager Marianne Lomberg said: "These high-quality and accurate models will be a valuable addition to the education resources available to veterinary schools and professionals – ultimately helping contribute to a higher standard of dental care available to cats and dogs.”

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Newest Advancements in Cosmetic Dentistry

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What does aesthetic dentistry have to offer the discerning dental patient both now and potentially in the not-too-distant future? The possibility of fabricating 3D teeth with antimicrobial properties is already being explored.

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Prophix, the world’s first video toothbrush

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The world’s first video toothbrush, as a powerful tool for customers to take control of their dental health. While it’s still necessary to visit the dentist regularly, using a Prophix may mean few unscheduled visits or dreadful surgeries.  The 3D printed prototype was beautiful to behold.

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Unique challenges by Orthodontists now solved with technology

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There’s no pain or discomfort, and young patients find it “cool” to watch their teeth begin to take shape in 3D on the computer screen. A trip to the orthodontist has suddenly become a high-tech, almost futuristic, experience. In this specific case, taking digital impressions instead of traditional impressions.

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Have a confident smile with this 'Invisible' alignment

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Invisalign treatment has been growing in popularity since its launch in 1999, and its reach has spread around the world. Its use of digital scanning, computer modelling and 3D printing enables it to produce customised teeth aligners that steadily move the teeth into place over the period prescribed to each patient.

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Digital CAD-CAM Technology Reduces Dental Chairside Time

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During the CAD-CAM crown procedure, instead of taking physical impressions, a dentist uses optical or laser scanning technology to capture a digital image of the tooth from all angles. The dental practitioner uses special 3D software to design the crown and sends it to a mill located in the office. The dentist then places a block of porcelain in the mill to form the tooth. Drills in the mill carve and shape the tooth, following the pattern of the mold sent via scan.

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How 3D printing will change industries

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We all know technology has the potential to change our lives in so many different ways. But sometimes, there’s a particular area of tech and innovation that goes above and beyond to revolutionize the world; 3D printing is one of them. While 3D printing is still a niche area, it’s growing rapidly.

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University of Sydney develops nanoscale elements to control human teeth behavior

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Researchers were able to produce 3D maps that displayed the location of atoms that are crucial in the decay process. To obtain these 3D maps, researchers used a comparatively new microscopy technique known as atom-probe tomography. The new insight gained about the nanolevel atomic composition of tooth decay helps to prevent dental cavities and maintaining oral health hygiene.

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With this nanoscale view of enamel, we can better treat tooth decay

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Scientists know a great deal about what enamel looks like. However, they don’t know exactly how it forms. Fortunately, a technique called atom probe tomography now allows researchers to look at the distribution of the various atoms and ions in tooth enamel to see whether there are patterns. The method generates 3D visuals of materials at the atom scale.

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This shape-shifting 3D-printed objects could improve the medicine and dental industry

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MIT and the Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD) teamed up to create a new kind of structure that can “remember” its original shape, and return to that state even after being deformed. It is able to printed onto a liquid resin using light from a projector, which MIT says is basically what happens when dentists 3D print replicas of teeth or cavity fill.

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Teeth Tomorrow Network experience major improvements with 3D dental imaging

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Teeth Tomorrow dental prosthetics are constructed using 3D dental imaging, customized for each patient’s unique smile. Each Lab-Processed provisional provides patients with a level of comfort and durability not available from chair-side devices. The final bridge is a one-piece, non-porous, chip and stain resistant device, hand painted to create an individualized, natural look.

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North Korea showcases their own 3D Printer for Dental and Cosmetic Surgeries

North Korea showcases their own 3D Printer for Dental and Cosmetic Surgeries

Korean Central Television (KCTV) recently revealed some footages that showed Pyongyang University of Science and Technology, North Korea, giving demonstration of their own 3D printer to reporters, with the statement that it can print bone for dental and cosmetic surgery procedures. Apart from that, KCTV showed two documents they stated were a “patent of certification” and a certification of assessment from the “intellectual products exhibition”.

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3D Printing in Dentistry expected to grow with Advancements and Breakthroughs

3D Printing in Dentistry expected to grow with Advancements and Breakthroughs

A 10-year Forecast and Opportunity Analysis report by Whatech has revealed that revenues from additive manufacturing (AM) in the dental sector have grown almost 12 percent since 2015 and the market is expected to see boom with development of 3D Printing Technology for researches like Custom Braces, Gums and Jaws Implants, etc. The report explains how development of new 3D printers, materials, and applications is the strongest targets for the development and how it is expected to grow in upcoming years.

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Updates on 3D Printing in Dentistry

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A study predicts that in the future, a dentist would be able to print you a newly 3D printed artificial one in 6.5 minutes and this can be anti-bacterial too. The dental and medical 3-D printing sector is expected to grow by around 515 percent to $868 million by 2025, up from its current value of $141 million.

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Tongue Cancer Survivor receives 3D Printed Jaw

Tongue Cancer Survivor receives 3D Printed Jaw

Shirley Anderson lost his lower jaw after surgery and radiotherapy for his tongue cancer diagnosed in 1998. However, meeting with Dr. Travis Bellicchi, a maxillofacial prosthetics specialist, he received a 3D Printed Jaw prosthetic printed from Formalabs 3D Printer.

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New developments in 3D printing for digital dentistry

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3D printing provides a high degree of laboratory rationalization as it can satisfy many different dental indications and is also cost-effective. Materials development is central to the adoption of 3D printing in new dental applications.

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3D printing: Coming of age as a manufacturing technique?

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Some factory bosses have said that 3D printing will never replace mass manufacturing. Perhaps, but it does not have to transform production processes. Additive-manufacturing systems are being mashed together with traditional production methods, which themselves are improving with digital technologies. Even old-fashioned metal bashing and welding is going high-tech.

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3D Printing the entire Jaw

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Josh Stephenson, a graphic designer underwent surgery to remove his left eye, upper left jaw and the roof of his mouth after failure of radiation treatment for malignant melanoma. Using a 3D-scanned and printed copy of Stephenson's skull and scapular bone, Andrew Dawood, a dentist with Dawood and Tanner, recreated his entire jaw.

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Formalabs launches Dental SG: First Biocompatible Resin

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Formalabs recently launched its Dental SG Resin, a certified biocompatible Class 1 material, designed specifically for creating high-precision surgical guides directly from 3D models. Marketed as first commercially available biocompatible resin for desktop printing, it will provide high-precision drill guides from digital scan data for implant surgeries.

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Bio-Printing New Jaw and Gum Cells to pioneer Dentistry Evolution

Bio Printing New Jaw and Gum Cells to pioneer Dentistry Evolution

Periodontist Professor Saso Ivanovski, from Griffith University’s Menzies Institute has announced that he has developed a way to engineer missing bone and tissue in the gums and jaw by using a patient’s own cells after 5 years of research. This will involve taking CT scan of patient's damaged region which will be sent to bioprinter to 3D Print new part and the whole procedure will decrease the significant pain, nerve damage and postoperative swelling. National Health and Medical Research Council has granted it $650,000 for the potential it holds in dental industry.

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The 3D Printing Market for Dental Devices

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One of the biggest markets for 3D printed dental devices is in the area of orthodontics. 3D printers enable orthodontic professionals to create all manner of personalized equipment right from their desktops. The technology presented by additive manufacturing allows specialists to dramatically reduce fabrication times and increase technicians’ output times.

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Orthodontic Lab Fully Integrates 3D PDF to Boost Privacy for Dental Patients

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STL is the most popular and widespread 3D file format for 3D printing and basic CAD model interchange and is generated directly by the scanning equipment that typically sits within the dentist’s reach. Eliminating the need for the traditional physical teeth impressions, hand-held intra-oral scanners can quickly and comfortably capture a patients’ 3D teeth anatomies without taking messy impressions.

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College Student 3D prints his own braces for less than 60$

Using a Stratasys Dimension 1200es 3D printer from the New Jersey Institute of Technology, Amos Dudley, a digital design student, 3D Printed his own set of orthodontic aligners. Since it was a DIY aligner costing less than 60$ compared to 1K$, it went viral within a week.

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3D technology has brought about dramatic developments in the dentalsphere

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Few people enjoy going to the dentist, but if you can lie back and watch a big screen TV above you or listen to your favorite music, it’s not such a bad way to while away a few hours. Dentistry has certainly changed over the years, but 3D technology has brought about even more dramatic developments in recent years.

 

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UFC and GuardLab partner to create 3D Printed MouthGuards for Fighters and Fans

UFC and GuardLab partner to create 3D Printed MouthGuards for Fighters and Fans

UFC and GuardLab, a New-York based company, have joined hands announcing a global licensing agreement to create custom mouthguards for fighters and fans using 3D Printing Technology. The product called ‘Mouthguard Revolution’ is 3D Printed on high-resolution 3D printers and the prices starts from $249 for adults or $150 for the under 18.

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UFC and GuardLab announced a global licensing agreement

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“With the ever-changing landscape of professional sports, we’re always looking for the next cutting-edge technology and innovation to aid athletes that compete in the UFC,” UFC Senior Vice President of Global Consumer Products Tracey Bleczinski said. “We are excited to partner with GuardLab as they continue to develop products that help improve the overall performance and wellness of professional athletes.”

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Student 3D Prints OrthoPrints for Teeth Aligment

Student 3D Prints OrthoPrints for Teeth Aligment

Amos Dudley, a broke graduate student, designed his own orthodontics to correct his own teeth for which he used Stratasys Dimenstion 1200es. Obtaining the 3D Printer, he used retainer material Keystone Pro-Form .030 plastic purchased from eBay and finally made all of his aligner steps, as well as a riser, while eliminating ‘draping artifacts’ as well as saving time.

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3D Printed Teeth that fight off Bacteria

Dutch researchers at the University of Groningen claim they can 3D print teeth made of anti-microbial plastic. This anti-microbacterial plastic can kill 99% of bacteria which cause tooth decay. Quaternary ammonium salts inside existing dental resin polymers can prevent tooth decay, so you never have to worry about losing teeth again.

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