Though 3D printing has come into the strong limelight in recent years, it’s a technological innovation that can actually be traced back several decades into the past. Initially, in the 80s, what we know today as the 3D printer was referred to as a Rapid Prototyping technology.
While initially only designed to create prototypes for working products, hence the name, these prototyping technologies developed into powerhouses for the future of high-tech manufacturing. Today, the 3D printing industry has grown palatable to even dentistry professionals.
3D printing’s contribution to the dental industry has been made all the more possible due to the increased efficiency of CAD software. With CAD software, 3D software users have the ability to take raw scan data for any dentistry tool, such as dental flossers, and have a working implement by the end of the day.
These machines have proven themselves to be highly accurate and dependable in more industries than one, and the dental industry just so happens to be one that stands to benefit even more than most from the possibilities.
In the most ideal scenarios, dental patients have access to a full range of freely adjustable metrics to customize the exact specifications of their most-needed orthodontic applications.
Every different patient has their own unique needs for the right kind of dental treatment based on their personal dental needs, which makes the precision of 3D printing stand out as a significant advantage for the patient-focused care.
To begin most dentistry-focused 3D printing products, there has to be an initial oral scanning process. Thanks to a thorough scanning process, every crown and bridge gets produced with perfect consideration of the precise fitting needs for the patient in question.
In the past, it might have been necessary for dental labs to go through an extensive processing of modeling patients’ teeth completely manually. While it was certainly feasible for patients’ teeth to be manually molded before, the capability of undergoing such a process digitally leaves a much smaller margin of error in general.
While these orthodontic applications are being produced, the overall labor load on the dental industry is being lifted at the same time. The heavy lifting made possible by 3D printing for creating state of the art applications gives the industry much more leg room to focus heavier manpower in other areas without sacrificing too much efficiency in the process; quite the opposite, as a matter of fact.
More than one 3D printing manufacturer has stepped up to the plate in order to advance 3D printing tools for the next level of dental industry proficiency. Axsys, a prominent dental industry CAD manufacturer, has made the announcement of a Reseller Agreement with DWS Systems, a manufacturer of many different 3D printing materials.
In addition to the Reseller Agreement with DWS Systems, Axsys has also announced ambitions to release a special dfab 3D printing system. With the system, there are hopes that patients can be given the effects of long-term dental restorations with just a one-time appointment.