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Rapid prototyping in dentistry: technology and application

Rapid prototyping in dentistry: technology and application Medical imaging has been used to provide information for diagnostic and therapeutic purposes. The use of physical models provides added values in these applications. Rapid prototyping (RP) techniques have long been employed to build complex 3D models in medicine. However, publications regarding the dental application of RP technologies are still rare. This paper reviews and discusses the basics and applications of RP techniques in dentistry: (1) construction of a computer aided design (CAD) model, including data acquisition, data processing, and the corresponding machines and CAD packages, (2) typical RP systems and how to choose them, and (3) current and potential use of RP techniques in dentistry. Practical application examples of RP techniques in dentistry are provided. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The International Journal of Advanced Manufacturing Technology Springer Journals

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Publisher
Springer Journals
Copyright
Copyright © 2005 by Springer-Verlag
Subject
Engineering; Industrial and Production Engineering; Media Management; Mechanical Engineering; Computer-Aided Engineering (CAD, CAE) and Design
ISSN
0268-3768
eISSN
1433-3015
DOI
10.1007/s00170-005-2523-2
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Abstract

Medical imaging has been used to provide information for diagnostic and therapeutic purposes. The use of physical models provides added values in these applications. Rapid prototyping (RP) techniques have long been employed to build complex 3D models in medicine. However, publications regarding the dental application of RP technologies are still rare. This paper reviews and discusses the basics and applications of RP techniques in dentistry: (1) construction of a computer aided design (CAD) model, including data acquisition, data processing, and the corresponding machines and CAD packages, (2) typical RP systems and how to choose them, and (3) current and potential use of RP techniques in dentistry. Practical application examples of RP techniques in dentistry are provided.

Journal

The International Journal of Advanced Manufacturing TechnologySpringer Journals

Published: Aug 17, 2005

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