We started the year with the Additive Manufacturing Strategies conference organized by SmarTech Publishing and 3dprint.com. The idea of this conference was to present and discusses the trends for the medical and dental 3d printing markets through the main players in these areas.
The latest news about the additive manufacture equipment and process were presented by industrial leaders. In addition, clinicians and researchers like me presented users’ point of views on what is changing with the technology. The companies focused on delivering better options for chairside 3d printing in terms of speed and material. Some companies are also working on easier methods of post-processing. For example, Structo wants to include all the post-processing steps all in one equipment (printing, washing and curing light). Others are focusing on releasing different types of materials, for example, new resins for dentures by Formlabs and the multicolor options from 3DSystems.
The expected growth of the dental 3d printing market is high, and there are lots of new companies emerging. For example,
Another emphasis during the conference was about the digital workflow offered by each company, including progressively more simple systems, new and diverse groups of materials that are on the rise, and how the post-processing methods are being redesigned.
We look forward to wider adoption by laboratories and facilities of the new technologies as 3D printing metals (already a reality) and ceramics (coming soon).
The main takeaway from this conference is that additive manufacturing has come to revolutionize the dentistry, and the demand is growing faster with no turning back.
About the Author: