Desktop 3D printers have opened the door to many opportunities for orthodontic practices to bring additive manufacturing to their armamentarium. Once you commit to integrating into the process, orthodontists must consider printer choices and navigate the large selection to balance utility, cost, speed, and print quality. This course will discuss my ten-year journey with 3D printing, the evolution of the technology, and the various uses this tool offers to all orthodontists who choose to add additive manufacturing into their practice.
Understand the challenges and opportunities of vertical integration in an orthodontic practice.
Differentiate between printer designs and functions based on the intended manufacturing goal.
Consider common uses of 3D printers to enhance the services an orthodontic practice provides and improve the patient experience.