Digital Dentistry Workflows: 3D Printing Overview


A comprehensive overview of 3D printing in dentistry - from the different technologies to file formats.

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What's inside?

  • 3D Printing in Dentistry – Technology Overview and Options
  • The Future of Dentistry: How 3D Printing is Changing the Industry
  • Understanding STL, PLY, and OBJ Files in Digital Dentistry

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How long is the document?

This document is 29 pages long and packed full of useful information for anyone interested in 3D dental printing.

Is this for me?

This document is a great introductory resource for dental professionals who are interested in or considering adopting 3D printing technologies in their practice or laboratory. You'll find it useful if you're a:

  • General dentist evaluating digital dentistry and 3D printing capabilities
  • Dental specialist like prosthodontists, orthodontists, oral surgeons, etc.
  • Dental lab owner or technician looking to integrate 3D printing
  • Dental practice manager exploring new technologies and workflows
  • Dental educators teaching CAD/CAM, 3D printing principles to students
  • Dental students and residents learning about emerging digital technologies

Why do I need it?

This overview PDF likely provides a broad, high-level look at how 3D printing is applied across various dental specialties, materials used, benefits and limitations, integration requirements, and potential clinical applications. It serves as an informational starting point for those aiming to understand the basics of 3D printing in a dental context before pursuing more specific solutions.

Dr Ahmad Al-Hassiny BDS (Hons) Otago
Director | Institute of Digital Dentistry

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Thanks for your beautiful genuine efforts in educating digital dentistry. I am an orthodontist, and I like to transform my practice to be digital. I need to know the hardware and software requirements to design and 3D print orthodontic appliances (both metallic and plastic).Wish you many happy faces and as many helping hands.

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“Digital transformation is not a question, it’s a given. Visionary dentists will lead the industry and those who don’t embrace digital dentistry will be left behind.” 


Dr Ahmad Al-Hassiny

Director, Institute of Digital Dentistry

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