The February 9, 2022 online edition of Medical Product Outsourcing (MPO) features 3D Printing in Dentistry: Now and the Future by Nathan Muller, Mechanical Engineer at StarFish Medical. Subheaded Prosthetic dentistry is the main focus of 3D printing applications, the article discusses applications leveraging both existing dental 3D printing technologies and future applications including productization in both simple and complex workflows, with more currently being commercialized.
3D printing has disrupted traditional manufacturing in diverse industries including aerospace, defense, art, and design. Medical applications, including dentistry, are now leveraging existing 3D imaging as inputs to enable 3D printing.
Muller concludes: “3D printing in dentistry is both established and promising. It leverages existing technology already deployed in the field to provide new solutions to established procedures. Future blogs will provide details on more ground-breaking applications in dentistry, such as:
Implant and prosthetic restorations
Planning tools for prosthodontics, orthodontics, and surgery
Nathan Muller designs, develops, and sustains complex medical devices at StarFish Medical. His current focus is in simulation engineering, with a focus on structural analysis of components and systems. He values collaborative efforts where novel ideas are celebrated when solving challenging technical problems. He also enjoys steering novel developments through to completion. In addition to mechanical medical device product development, Nathan has experience in academic research, wet laboratories, solar power systems, and building services.