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3D printing in Dental industry - Handbook of Innovations and Technologies (HIT)

Published By: Sagacious Research | Published Date: Jan 2017 | Last Updated: | Report Code: SR 6275

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3D printing has already penetrated dental industry. Dental technicians have already started using 3D printing methods to manufacture orthodontic equipment’s like dental implants, brackets, surgical tools, impression trays, etc. For an R&D design prospects of 3D printing, there are several type of production methods including Fused Deposition Modeling, Laser sintering, Stereo lithography, Digital Light Processing, Electron-beam melting, Laminated object manufacturing, Direct Metal Laser Sintering , etc. Based on our Research Analysis, Production methods like Selective Laser Sintering, stereo lithography, fused deposition modeling and 3D Inkjet Printing seem to be the most promising ones for the future. Big players like Ivoclar Vivadent, Bego Medical, Dentsply Sirona, and 3M are focused in the above mentioned methods of additive manufacturing. The research for SLS process, SLA process, 3D Inkjet printing is mainly focused in China, USA, Japan respectively; However the market is spread worldwide. USA and china are the top research countries whereas Europe seems to be the emerging market.


Figure – Major Players

The organization 3M, seems to be active in the manufacturing of Brackets, Appliances and Models. In the field of dental prosthesis, Mitsui Chemicals seem to be very active and focused on the manufacturing of implants or the like. The data mined suggests that the most common technical challenge to be solved is improving the accuracy in scanning and manufacturing. Big Players like 3M and Bego Medical seem to show interest in overcoming this challenge. A wide range of materials are available and have been used for several applications in the dental industry.  From the analysis it seems that materials such as Polymers, Metals, Metal Alloys and ceramics have been used frequently in the inventions. Major industry players like Mitsui Chemicals, 3M are focused on the use of Polymers and Metals in the industry whereas Zimmer Biomet is most active in the case of Metals. The market for materials is growing rapidly as the filing of patents is done in various jurisdictions worldwide. The research of polymers has basically originated in

USA, the research on Metals is being done in China, USA, Europe and Germany, the research on ceramics is being conducted mostly in USA. The use of ceramics is decreasing, the use of polymer as a material for additive manufacturing is increasing thus giving rise to the development of antimicrobial materials as well.

While dental equipment manufacturers, material suppliers, technology vendors have already started using it on a commercial level, we expect 3D Printing to have a tremendous impact on the supply chain of the entire industry and extend itself into numerous relative application areas.

Objectives of the study:

  • To define, describe, and project the 3D printing for dental based on application, material, production methods used in 3D printing, scanning and modelling techniques, technical challenges faced and regions of interest (research and market areas- country wise analysis).
  • To analyze major players in the domain by focusing on their patent filing trends, their research centers, markets of interest, technology focus, partnerships, strategies and other important parameters.
  • To analyze new entrants into market segments, key patents- area wise- a legal and business angle, prominent innovators and service providers.
  • To track and analyze competitive developments such as joint ventures, mergers and acquisitions, new product launches, expansions, and other activities carried out by the key industry participants.
  • To analyze the opportunities offered by 3D printing technology in various segments of dental industry.
  • To identify key disruptions (their impact and their current state analysis), mega trends predictions and considerations for the future, recommendations for starting new research/ development programs in 3D printing in dental (including recommendations on acquisition/ collaborations/ licensing).

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