3D Printing in Dentistry to Generate $2 Billion Dental Solutions in 2016

In its latest study of 3D printing technology in major industries titled “3D Printing in Dentistry 2015: A Ten Year Opportunity Forecast and Analysis,” SmarTech Markets Publishing has projected the value of hardware, materials, and printed components enabled by 3D printing in dentistry to reach $2 billion in 2016, rising to $3.1 billion by 2020.

Additive presents an increasingly viable approach even when compared to subtractive digital processes such as milling.

SmarTech anticipates 3D printing of various dental components to already be worth $780 million in revenues, as metal sub-structures for crowns and bridges in cobalt chromium, tooling for production of clear aligners, wax casting molds for restorations, and dental models are being produced in high volume by dental laboratories worldwide.

This activity is expected to grow rapidly through increasing penetration of 3D print technology and new dental applications for 3D printing related to denture frameworks, custom trays, teaching models, implants, and others to reach $3.1 billion in revenues by 2020.

Trends towards digital dentistry are growing worldwide and are being made possible through digital imaging and scanning technology to replace the traditional physical impression taking.

There exists opportunity for 3D printing to be applied to enhance the production of both restorations as well as the regular models used to test and build many dental restorations. Total revenue of 3D printing systems sold specifically to dental laboratories or dentists is expected to double its current value of $240 million by 2020.Read more

Source: prnewswire.com

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