Disruptive Multi Material 3D Technology

Rene van der Meer

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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Surgical guides for dentistry: osteotomy and implants sites preparation using open software and freeware for virtual planning and guides project and production – Presented by Sandro Montecchiani, owner of private dental practice

Sandro Montecchiani

Surgical guides for dentistry: osteotomy and implants sites preparation using open software and freeware for virtual planning and guides project and production – Presented by Sandro Montecchiani, owner of private dental practice, at the 3D Medical Conference, on January 30-31, 2019, MECC Maastricht, The Netherlands.

3D dental imaging and 3D printing have changed dentists’ job: now we can plan virtually the prosthesis, the implants positioning, we can project guides and models, and finally 3D print such devices, everything starting from a CBCT exam and an intraoral optical scan.

This is a fantastic procedure in particular for implants surgery, because we can be extremely precise and easily avoid any damage to anatomical structures to be respected. For complex cases, where we need to plan a full arch restauration, we could need to perform a bone surface levelling, but doing this by freehand sometimes can’t be as precise as we might need. Continue reading “Surgical guides for dentistry: osteotomy and implants sites preparation using open software and freeware for virtual planning and guides project and production – Presented by Sandro Montecchiani, owner of private dental practice”

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”