Course Description: 3D Printing is becoming popular as an addition to the in-office lab for fabricating, custom trays, models, occlusal splints, and surgical guides. In many instances these are sold as ‘plug and play’ systems. This presentation will review the current printing technologies available for in-office use to include a realistic discussion about the use and maintenance of the equipment, materials available, shelf-life of the technology, validation of products, and some suggestions of which technologies perform best for a particular use.


Course Objective:

At the conclusion of this session, attendees will be able to:


  • Describe the differences in the fabrication technology of different 3D printers for office use;
  • Understand how software and 3D printers interact for calibration
  • Develop a workflow to validate your software to print process; and
  • Determine realistic expectations of the performance and general workflow for purchasing and using a 3D printer.


Course Outline:


  1. Introduction to 3D print technology for in-office use, and review of the old – what’s new?
  2. Printer or material? Which is important?
  3. Interactions of software and the 3D printers: build strategies, calibration, and validation.
  4. Choosing the best 3D printer for your office.


Audience: Dentist, General Practitioner, Specialist, Dental Assistant, Dental Lab Technician