3D Printing in Dentistry

ClearCorrect 3D Printed Model

3D Printing is incredible. It’s like magic—dream up a thing, digitize it, and it appears.

But it’s not just great for making wrenches for Shaq.

Five years ago, ClearCorrect moved from using gargantuan milling machines to using 3D printers to create dental models. Since then, it’s completely reshaped our manufacturing process and allowed us to make better aligners faster than ever before.  Now, our facility in Round Rock, Texas is home to the largest bank of 3D printers in the world.  (Read more about our journey into 3D printed models here.)

As 3D printers become more affordable and approachable, folks in the dental industry are exploring their potential to improve quality and efficiency in dental restorations and tools.

Recently, Robert Elsenpeter at Digital Esthetics asked our Vice President of Products, Paul Dinh, for his thoughts on the future of 3D printing in dentistry.

“In five years, we can hope to make final restorations on 3D printers,” Paul Dinh, Vice President of Products at ClearCorrect adds. “In 10 years, we may have plastics with different colors and strengths designed specifically for different appliances.”

 “Hopefully in fifteen years, we can expect printing plastics will last longer, be lighter and be more esthetic,” Dinh says.

Check out the full Digital Esthetics article here

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