The concept of 3D printing began with development of multi-axial robots that could manufacture products from a single block of material such as metals and ceramics. Additive or reductive 3D manufacturing was not possible without three dimensional scanning of the object that is to be reproduced. The 3D scanners are devices that use laser or structured light source to scan an object from multiple axes and reproduce the image on a computer system. Together, this system is also known as computer aided design (CAD) and computer aided manufacturing (CAM). CAD/CAM in dentistry is used for creating improved fit of dental prosthetics. The structure of oral cavity for every individual is significantly different from one another. This has led to a patient market that requires highly customized manufacturing of implants and devices.
3D scanning and printing of dental prosthetics greatly reduces the chances of bad prosthetic fits and remanufacturing of customized. It also reduces time and cost of the customized prosthetics. 3D scanners are devices that use lasers or structured light to scan oral cavity or dental molds to create digital 3D models that are highly accurate. These digital models can then be printed by 3D printers and mills to create implants of several dental materials including ceramics, metal and polymers. This report focuses on four different types of 3D scanners such as IntraOral 3D Scanners, Desktop/Lab 3D Scanners, Hand-Held or Portable 3D Scanners and Cone Beam CT 3D Scanners.
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In recent years, the technology has been reducing at the laboratory side and increasing at the chair-side. Miniaturization of devices, ease of use has enabled dentists to reduce cost to send 3D printing and casting to dental laboratories. Milling and 3D printing systems are capital intensive and not many dental practitioners are yet game for installing chairside CAD/CAM systems. 3D scanners are used for recreating veneers, bridges, dental implant restorations, cosmetic procedures, crowns, crown lays, inlays and onlays, dentures, and other orthodontic appliances. SA-BRC analysts forecast the 3D scanners market to grow from US$ 647.8 million in 2015 to US$ 917.7 million by 2020 at a CAGR of 7.2% from 2016 to 2020. The analysis covers market volume in units for all types of scanners as well.
- Demand from dental cosmetic industry
- Reduction in operating costs
- Competition from substitute and traditional process
- Price of devices
Types Of Dental 3D Scanners Covered In This Report:
- IntraOral 3D Scanners
- Desktop/Laboratory 3D Scanners
- Hand-Held 3D scanners
- Cone Beam CT 3D Scanners
Key Players Covered In This Report:
- 3M Science
- Age Solutions s.r.l
- AICON 3D Systems GmbH
- Align Technology
- Carl Zeiss Optotechnik GmbH
- Danaher Corp