Can rapid prototyping ever become a routine feature in general dental practice?

Dent Update. 2002 Dec;29(10):482-6. doi: 10.12968/denu.2002.29.10.482.


Rapid prototyping is a technique for the production of solid objects from computer models. The variety of rapid prototyping devices and materials that can be processed is increasing all the time. In this paper, the authors examine the potential for the application of current devices to general dental practice and speculate on developments that could make this technique an attractive prospect within the dental surgery.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Computer-Aided Design*
  • Dental Prosthesis Design / instrumentation*
  • Forecasting
  • General Practice, Dental / instrumentation
  • General Practice, Dental / trends
  • Imaging, Three-Dimensional / methods*
  • Models, Dental
  • Signal Processing, Computer-Assisted
  • Technology, Dental*