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3D printing is an area of innovation in CAD/CAM dentistry, and no one covers these developments like we do in our CAD/CAM Community. In two recent articles, we explored the impact this evolving technology is having on dentistry.
An article in the October issue of the Journal of the California Dental Association discusses the technology's potential in several areas. Titled "CAD/CAM -- The Future Is Here: Overview of Restorative Digital Footprint," the author writes how computerized dentistry has become a multidisciplinary topic that is more formally being taught in U.S. dental schools.
When patients visit orthodontists, they often seek much more than better smiles. Digital technologies such as 3D printing can provide patients with visuals that help them achieve more realistic expectations of their treatment and outcomes, according to a talk at the recent 2019 ADA FDI World Dental Congress in San Francisco.
Also in the CAD/CAM Community, you'll find the following recent industry news:
- Voco has added three new shades to the Grandio CAD/CAM disk line.
- 3D printing firm Voodoo Manufacturing has begun offering a 3D manufacturing service to supply clear aligners for dental applications.
- Denstply Sirona and digital manufacturing company Carbon have launched a printable denture material and workflow system.