How are 3D printing & digital technology changing dentistry?


3D printing & digital technology have been gaining grounds in the dental practice in the recent years. Additive technologies, such as DLP are widely used to build, starting from digital files, dental models in addition to orthodontic and prosthetic devices. 3D printed patient specific implants are used more and more in clinical cases. The start-up Lake3D wants to develop the first 3D Dental printer based on Multi Material 3D inkjet.

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What is the stage of 3D printing implementation in hospitals?


An increasing number of hospitals across the world started to adopt 3D printing programs, aiming to improve quality, reduce lead times and to personalize patient care.

The 3D printing market can be categorized as medical implants, surgical guides, surgical instruments, hearing aids and personalized medical products. The medical implant segment is expected to grow at the fastest rate among all applications in the coming years.

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Formulating for 3D printing of pharmaceuticals

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by Ricky Wildman, University of Nottingham

The industrial uptake of Additive Manufacturing and 3D printing processes is growing rapidly but is being hampered by the lack of breadth of materials usable in such systems. Identifying, and then optimisating formulations for 3D printing is time consuming, and generally involves many tedious steps each of which require lengthy analysis.

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3D printing of thermo-responsive hydrogels

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by Silvia Faré, Associate Professor, Politecnico di Milano – Dept Chemistry, Materials and Chemical Engineering

Smart hydrogels reversibly change their properties when exposed to an external driven force as pH or temperature variation (1). Methylcellulose (MC) is a polysaccharide derived from cellulose and when dissolved in aqueous solvents it forms reverse thermo-responsive smart hydrogels that undergo a sol-gel transition when heated (2).

At the same time, another smart material is represented by gelatin that needs to be crosslinked for biomedical applications. Crosslinked gelatin bulk scaffolds, 3D printed structures and microspheres can be obtained by tuning its crosslinking kinetic, innovatively without the need of post-curing or external treatments to stabilize the crosslinked printed hydrogel structure (3).

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Materialise is Bronze Partner of 3D Medical Expo


Materialise will exhibit at 3D Medical Expo 2020

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3D planning and printing enables clinicians to go from scan to personalized treatments manufactured directly in hospitals: Point-of-Care. Join Materialise experts and learn to implement this technology in your medical facility and connect hospital teams with these tools, resulting in cutting-edge patient care and research advancements.

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