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3D Printing in Dentistry

Three-dimensional printing was once an extremely expensive and complex undertaking. Now, 3D printers are available for home and office use and dentists around the world are finding new and exciting ways to use this technology to improve patient outcomes.

3D Printing in Dentistry

Three-dimensional printing was once an extremely expensive and complex undertaking. Now, 3D printers are available for home and office use and dentists around the world are finding new and exciting ways to use this technology to improve patient outcomes. Another name for 3D printing is additive manufacturing.

There are two primary types of 3D printing used in dentistry: sterolithography (SLA) and direct metal laser sintering (DMLS). In dentistry, SLA is primarily used for clear aligner fabrication and digital models, while DMLS is used to create high-quality metal appliance frames and dental crowns. 

Some of the dentistry-related items you can make with a 3D printer:

                                                                            

All faculty, staff and students are welcome to give 3D printing a try at the Gerstein Science Information Centre's MADLab. The MADLab has two MakerBot Replicator 2 3D printers and a MakerBot Digitizer 3D Scanner. Before you can use the printers, you must take the one-hour 3D Printing Safety Training session at Gerstein. For more information on 3D printing at Gerstein and for safety session times please visit http://guides.library.utoronto.ca/3dprinting 

 

 

This LibGuide was created by Carla Murphy, MI (LIS).