3D-printing approaches to denture base fabrication and dental education

The use of additive manufacturing (AM) is increasingly growing in Dentistry due to the new opportunities these techniques can offer; these include custom-design, waste materials reduction, incorporation of internal structure and scaling-up possibilities, among others.

Fused deposition modelling (FDM) and stereolithography (SLA) are two of the most used AM techniques in the dental field. Each technique offers its own advantages, for example, FDM is a very cost-effective manufacturing method and SLA allows very high resolution.

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3D Printing applications in Cranio-Maxillofacial surgery

Jules Poukens Maxillofacial

Deformities and defects in cranio-maxillofacial surgery very often demand for a patient specific solution. Custom made maxillo-facial implants and prosthesis can be manufactured by 3D printing and are tailored to the patient. The use of custom surgical guides and implants in cranio-maxillofacial surgery is widespread and can be regarded as state of the art treatment. Clinical applications will be highlighted.

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