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The Future of Dental 3D Printing Beyond 2017

New Study: 3D Printing is a Game Changer in Dentistry

SmarTech Publishing, the leading provider of in-depth industry analysis services to the additive manufacturing and 3D printing industry, has just published its latest market research study titled, “3D Printing in Dentistry 2018, An Opportunity Analysis and Ten-Year Forecast.” In the report the firm predicts that the dental market will represent a $9.5 billion opportunity by 2027.

3D Printing Solutions

3D printing solutions has gained widespread, meaning global, increases in acceptance and integration in the dental field, specifically with the leading dental technology and solutions providers. 2017 showed a strong performance. So much so that, the total dental printing industry is expected to have grown by over 35% year-over-year for the second year in a row during 2017. In 10 years, by 2027, 3D printing solutions will be the leading production source for dental restorations and devices worldwide. Traditional means will be overtaken.

As the global dental industry pushes toward digital processes, it appears that 3D printing will be the thing of the coming decade. While subtractive milling is conforming with digital dentistry and still a majority share on the production for permanent aesthetic dental restorations made in materials such as ceramics or dental composites, 3D printing is outpacing its growth. That’s because 3D printing is providing a high degree of value-add for dental practitioners – laboratory technicians, dentists, orthodontists, and oral surgeons.

Dental 3D Printing

Over the next 10 years, dental 3D printing will use both metal and resin based printing processes that will revolutionize dentistry by producing high value dental devices and the full spectrum of accepted permanent dental restorations and prosthetics.

The report says that both additive and subtractive systems can coexist as part of a digital workflow strategy, yet ultimately in the long run, resin-based 3D printing technologies will out-do milling technologies. On the other hand, some major technological developments, like increasing access to sub $5,000 desktop photopolymerization systems are driving additive technologies in the dental industry. Then metal 3D printing is also playing an important role in the future of dental printing, with the use of direct-metal dental implants and the global growth in implant dentistry.

Growing by Leaps and Bounds in Seattle

3D Composites in Seattle is participative in the growth of 3D printing solutions for dental-related requests in the community. We provide the value-add for the needs of our dental practitioners and professionals.