3D Printing Gives Manufacturer Teeth

industryweek.com | November 19, 2019

3D Printing Gives Manufacturer Teeth
Align Technology, the developers of the Invisalign system, has pioneered the use of 3D printing in the dental industry, printing more than 433K individualized clear aligners a day.
With Align’s iTero digital system, dentists can scan a customized mold of the patient’s oral cavity. The intraoral digital scan is then converted into digital files. The digital files set the stage to 3D print shape-engineered aligner molds that Align manufactures using thermo-forming and milling, allowing the teeth to adjust and be guided into place.3D printing is one of the main technological innovations driving the evolution of digital dentistry,” says Srini Kaza, Align’s vice president of product innovation. “3D printing allows us to better meet the increasing demand for clear aligner treatment and the growing consumer demand for a highly-customized end product.”

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