In order to print a 3D object, you must first use specialized software to create instructions for the printer. There are many pre-existing designs available for download either free or for a fee online.
National Institute of Health: The NIH 3D Print Exchange allows users to upload and share their files for 3D printing projects. Users can also search their extensive collection to find files they can use or adjust for their own project. http://3dprint.nih.gov/discover
Pinshape: 3D files are available to download, some for free and others for a fee. Dentistry related items include a tooth, a digital activator splint, double and hybrid night guard splints, and a Herbst cast splint. http://bit.ly/1Eajz0a
Autodesk 123D: 3D files are available to download (many for free). Dentistry related items include a variety of teeth and dental casts. Searching “dental” will produce the most results. http://www.123dapp.com/Gallery/content/all
CG Trader: 3D files are available to download for a fee. Dentistry related items include implants, teeth and gum models, a dental bridge, and teeth with pathologies. http://www.cgtrader.com/3d-models?page=2&keywords=teeth+3d+models
GrabCAD: 3D files available for download for free (with registration). Dentistry related items include implants, prosthesis, crowns and veneers, models, etc. Searching “dental” will produce the best results. https://grabcad.com/library?per_page=20&query=dental
STL Finder: 3D files available for download, some are free and others for a fee. Dentistry related items include prosthesis, tools (dental mirror, dental clip tray), and implants. Searching “dental” will produce the best results. http://bit.ly/1LnMM7k
TurboSquid: 3D files available for download for a fee. Dentistry related items include tools, dental models, implants and teeth. Searching “dental” will produce the best results. http://www.turbosquid.com/Search/Index.cfm?keyword=dental
If you would like to create your own items for printing, there are several software packages available for creating three-dimensional objects that can then be printed.
3DTin: Free, provided you share your files under Creative Commons licensing. Choose from a library of 3D shapes or create your own sketch. http://www.3dtin.com/
FreeCAD: Open source (free) downloadable software for 3D modelling. http://www.freecadweb.org/
Tinkercad: Free, easy-to-learn online app anyone can use to create and print 3D models https://www.tinkercad.com/
Cubify Invent: Downloadable software, cost is $49 USD. You can send your items to them for printing. http://cubify.com/products/invent
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