3D Printing of Removable Partial Dentures

(Powder Metallurgy Review) At the International Dental Show in Cologne, EOS GmbH recently a new Additive Manufacturing process for producing removable partial dentures. The technique uses 3D data sourced directly from the patient’s mouth as the basis for the manufacturing process.

Data created by intraoral scanners or from scanning an impression or model is processed without any loss of accuracy using the customized software functions of the new CAMbridge 2012 RPD module from 3Shape. The resulting virtual model is sliced and the digital information is utilized to direct a focused laser beam to fuse metal powder in successive layers until the prosthesis is complete.