With the introduction of three-dimensional (3D) imaging and advanced engineering techniques, a dental prosthesis can now be fabricated with more accuracy and speed. This can be achieved by rapid prototyping (RP), which is a layer-by-layer additive process to form a 3D model or prototype. This article will discuss various techniques of RP, viz. stereolithography, selective laser sintering, fused deposition modeling, inkjet printing, 3D printing, solid ground curing, and laminated object manufacturing. Rapid prototyping can be used for the fabrication of surgical templates, wax patterns, crowns and bridges, removable partial denture frameworks, maxillofacial prosthesis, orthodontics brackets, etc.
Keywords: Inkjet printing, Rapid prototyping, Selective laser sintering, Stereolithography.
How to cite this article: Jain N, Pathak C, Manisha, Kaur H, Kundra S, Ritu. Rapid Prototyping: A New Chapter in Dentistry. Int J Oral Care Res 2016;4(4):301-304.
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