Instantl 3-D tooth printing is on the horizon

By - Bad Breath Expert

SUMMARY: New 3-D printing technology can print a tooth in 6.5minutes.

Posted: March 31, 2015

When you live actively, accidents are bound to happen, and one way to ruin a game of backyard football or beach volleyball is to chip or lose a tooth. Since wearing a mouth guard all of the time is impractical, there's no perfect method for avoiding dental injuries. In the past, painful injuries such as this would take dental experts time to remedy; however, that amount of time appears to be reduced greatly by new 3-D printing technology. With breakthrough advancements from Carbon3D, dentists can recreate teeth in under seven minutes.

Carbon3D technology
The ability to recreate teeth isn't exactly new technology. In fact, dentists have had this capability for decades. However, Carbon3D differentiates itself with Continuous Liquid Interface Production (CLIP), a advancement that grows parts by using light to harden resin. This technology boasts two major benefits: it can make more complex objects than other 3-D printers, and it works incredibly fast. Carbon3D's printer can create something like a tooth in as little as 6.5 minutes. According to Carbon3D, comparable devices can take anywhere from three to nearly 12 hours to create a 51 -millimeter complex object. 

While UV light is used to solidify the resin, oxygen is simultaneously used to return it to liquid. Balancing these two forces is what allows the 3-D printer to grow objects rather than create them layer by layer, which is the traditional design of other machines on the market. The printer also has the capability to mold multiple polymers, giving it a wide-range of potential applications. Carbon3D also notes that the device is incredibly consistent, making it practical for commercial uses, such as creating prosthetics for dentists and medical professionals.

Industry trends
According to Quartz, a week after Carbon3D announced its technology, a competitor, Gizmo 3D, also reported having a speedy 3-D printer in the works. The source notes that in the dental and medical fields, having the ability to quickly print customized prosthetics will be a tremendous advancement. Therefore, companies are frantically working to capitalize on what is now an open market. If a business can develop a 3-D printer that is fast, reliable and practical for most providers, these devices could become commonplace in hospitals, private practices and dentists' offices.

Quartz states that 3-D printing stents are already in the testing phases and that this device could eventually be used during surgery.

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