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Putting the bite on 3D printing


It is now possible to ‘print’ false teeth and dental bridges says additive manufacturing specialist EOS. The company uses intraoral scans to create a virtual model of the patient’s mouth, which is used as a template for the oral prosthetics.
For a dental laboratory, the conventional manufacture of cast prostheses involves a lot of work. The preparation of a cast model and subsequent wax modelling often takes more than an hour and the entire casting procedure including finishing is laborious and time-consuming.
The digital production method, by contrast, saves a lot of time – ‘construction’ takes around 15 minutes.
The EOS Formiga P 110 laser sintering machine uses pigment-filled polyamide-12-powder PA 2105 – a common plastic material for the manufacture of dental models.

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