Innovative applications with dental additive manufacturing

a presentation by Les Kalman, Assistant Professor, Restorative Dentistry,; Academic Lead, CDE.

Additive manufacturing has experienced a surge in popularity in dentistry, but has been mainly limited to plastics for guides, aligners and dentures. AM with metal and ceramic is still in its infancy, but the workflow has significant advantages over conventional approaches.

This presentation will explore innovations in metal and ceramic AM for dental applications with novel workflows, examples and comparisons to conventional production. Specifically, metal SLM AM using titanium and cobalt-chromium for dental prostheses was investigated. Workflows were developed and specific material testing was explored, resulting in innovative approaches that are simple, efficient, customizable and inexpensive alternatives.

About Les Kalman
Kalman is an assistant professor in restorative dentistry and academic lead, CDE. Kalman researches medical devices, has published over 40 articles, holds two patents and has translated several technologies. He is an active member of the Standard Council of Canada and served on the Board of Directors for UWOFA & serves on the Canadian Association of Public Health Dentistry. He has been recognized as an Academic Associate Fellow (American Academy of Implant Dentistry), Fellow, Master and Diplomate (International Congress of Oral Implantologists), Fellow (Academy of Osseointegration), Schulich Alumni of Distinction and received the Merck Patients First award.


Question 1: What drives you?
Change. If there is an opportunity for improvement, be it teaching or research, I am driven to find and develop a change to improve the situation.

Question 2: Why should the delegate attend your presentation?
To be engaged while learning about novel and innovative workflows that will impact the dental profession.

Question 3: What emerging technologies/trends do you see as having the greatest potential in the short and long run?
Short run: expansion in dentistry of AM with novel materials and applications.
Long run: new guidelines on preparation and material requirements with an increased focus on personalized dentistry.

Question 4: What kind of impact do you expect them to have?
Improved efficiency, predictability and success of clinical dentistry.

Question 5: What are the barriers that might stand in the way?
Time: required for comparative studies and data; cost: initial retooling and set-up; fear: of change.

About Western University, Kalman Lab Research
The Kalman lab focuses on medical devices and technologies relevant to clinical dentistry; specifically, the development of innovative devices, prototype design, fabrication, laboratory testing, clinical evaluation, intellectual property protection, manufacturing considerations and regulatory.

Technologies are designed with the intent of short-term industry translation. Current projects fall under the appropriate Health Canada categories for medical device technology.
• Information & Communication Software
• Devices to Restore, Correct or Modify Body Structure
• Devices to Prevent Disease & Abnormal Physical State

Les Kalman will speak at the conference.

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