How are 3D printing & digital technology changing dentistry?

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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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Disruptive Multi Material 3D Technology

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by Rene van der Meer, Lake3D

The start-up Lake3D wants to develop the first 3D Dental printer based on Multi Material 3D inkjet. It uses printheads suited for high temperatures and high viscous materials that make it possible to jet class II medically certified materials that are already being used in traditional 3D (SLA) printers. Combining different materials makes it possible to print objects with the right colour, transparency and mechanical characteristics. This might bring a revolution in 3D printing as colour did in television.

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3D Printers Can Produce Models of Teeth with Impeccable Accuracy

The role of 3-D printing is growing in dentistry as it creates custom tools, implants, and even teeth. Some manufacturers now produce 3-D printers designed specifically for dental applications. But consumer models are available at electronics stores, too. Scientists at the OMFS-IMPATH Research Group with the University Hospitals Leuven in Belgium set out to compare their accuracy.

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A Glimpse into How Courts Will Treat 3D Printed Medical Devices

Here is a guest post on an interesting case.  It’s the first decision that we’re aware of in which a 3D printed medical device (or any 3D printed product) has been the subject of litigation that involves product liability principles.  This post is submitted by Matt Jacobson of Reed Smith, who is particularly interested in 3D printing issues.   As always our guest blogger gets all the credit, and any blame, for the analysis that follows. Continue reading “A Glimpse into How Courts Will Treat 3D Printed Medical Devices”