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3D Printing in Dentistry 2015: A Ten-Year Opportunity Forecast and Analysis

3D Printing in Dentistry 2015: A Ten-Year Opportunity Forecast and Analysis

The dental industry is transforming into a fully-digital one quicker than most dentists imagined, and 3D technologies are completely altering the way in which dental solutions can be approached thanks to its ability to print a variety of complex shapes on demand, in a variety of applicable materials, in significant volumes.

No other industry currently adopting 3D printing has the same combination of high value, high performance, and high volume parts required by the dental industry, making 3D printing a near perfect fit for true disruption and game changing capability compared to existing traditional methods of production.

In fact, dentistry is such a good fit for the principal value of 3D printing, that nearly every 3D printing process and major provider can apply its technology to the space in some way –although not all do today, they may in the future. Both polymer and metallic applications exist in significant variety, for everything from surgical guides and models, casting and tools to aid in traditional techniques, to actual dental restorative components for both temporary and permanent solutions.

Readers of this report will gain insight into the multitude of applications for 3D printing in dentistry, with all of the latest advancements and technological developments for 3D printing taken into account. In addition, SmarTech analyzes the total market for 3D printed dental components across categories, so that readers from the dental industry may understand the potential penetration today and into the future to measure future business initiatives against.

Specific coverage of this report includes:

  • Analysis of applicable print technologies, materials, printer and related products, market leaders, and key suppliers
  • Market opportunity segmentation by type of application, by print technology, by material type, and by geography
  • Scenario analysis based on the varied approach to global dentistry across key regions of the world
  • Trend analysis to compare and predict the impact of 3D printing technology on the various aspects of the dental industry including labs, technicians, and patients
PAGE COUNT FOR THIS REPORT: 105

Chapter One: Review of Opportunities, Users, Applications, and 3D Printing Dental Technology
1.1 Review of Key Benefits of 3D Printing in Dentistry
1.2 Recent Advancements in 3D Print Technology Relevant to Dental Applications 
1.2.1 Metal Additive Manufacturing Technology Developments
1.2.2 Polymer Additive Manufacturing Technology Developments
1.3 Major Trends in Traditional Dentistry Affecting the Future of 3D Printed Dentistry 
1.4 Scanning Technologies
1.4.1 Dental Model Scanners
1.4.2 Intra-Oral Scanners
1.4.3 The Role of Digital Scanning and Imaging in 3D Printed Dental Markets
1.5 Opportunities to Supply Materials Into the 3D Printing Dental Market 
1.5.1 Metal and Polymer Opportunities
1.6 Geographic Factors to Consider in Dental 3D Printing
1.7 Summary of Ten-Year Forecasts for 3D Printed Dental Markets

Chapter Two: Examination of Polymer Dental Applications for 3D Printing
2.1 Analysis of Polymer Dental Print Technologies and Competitive Landscape
2.1.1 UV-Cured Photopolymer Material Jetting Processes
2.1.2 Thermal Phase Change Material Jetting Processes
2.1.3 Laser-Based Vat Photopolymerization Technologies
2.1.4 DLP-Based Vat Photopolymerization Technologies
2.1.5 Polymer Powder Bed Fusion Technologies
2.2 Dental Modeling and Related Applications
2.2.1 Stone Models and Ortho Models
2.2.2 Teaching and Communicative Models
2.2.3 Penetration and Opportunity for Dental Modeling
2.3 3D Printing Wax Molds for Dental Casting
2.3.1 Benefits of 3D Printing Wax Molds
2.3.2 Penetration and Opportunity for 3D Printing Wax Investment Casting in Dental Markets  
2.4 Temporary Restorations and Related Applications
2.4.1 3D Printing Versus CNC Milling for Dental Temporaries
2.4.2 Penetration and Opportunity for 3D Printed Temporaries
2.5 Dentures and Related Applications in Polymers
2.5.1 Denture Registration Rims, Bases, Wax-ups
2.5.2 Full Dentures
2.5.3 Penetration and Opportunity for 3D Printed Polymer Denture Applications
2.6 Clear Dental Aligners and Tooling
2.6.1 Penetration and Opportunity for Clear Dental Aligners
2.7 3D Printed Dental Surgical Guides
2.7.1 Penetration and Opportunity for 3D Printed Dental Surgical Guides
2.8 Other Polymer Applications and the Future of Polymer 3D Dental Printing
2.8.1 Future Considerations for Polymer 3D Dental Printing
2.9 Summary of Key Points in Chapter Two

Chapter Three: Examination of Metal and Non-Polymer Dental Applications for 3D Printing
3.1 Metal AM versus Competing Methods for Fabrication of Dental Restorations
3.2 Metal Dental Restorations
3.2.1 Crowns and Bridges
3.2.2 Penetration and Opportunity for Metal AM Crowns and Bridges
3.3 Dental Implants and Related Applications
3.3.1 Screws and Abutments
3.3.2 Penetration and Opportunity for Dental Implants
3.4 Partial Denture Frameworks
3.4.1 Penetration and Opportunity for Partial Denture Frameworks
3.5 Evolution in Non-Polymer Dental 3D Printing Materials
3.5.1 High Noble versus Non Precious Metals Today and in the Future
3.5.2 Potential for Ceramics in Additive Manufacturing Dental Systems
3.6 Summary of Key Points in Chapter Three

Chapter Four: Key Firms to Watch for 3D Printing in Dental Markets
4.1 3D Systems
4.2 Argen
4.3 BEGO
4.4 Concept Laser 
4.5 DWS
4.6 EnvisionTEC
4.7 EOS
4.8 Prodways
4.9 Stratasys/Solidscape

Chapter Five: Summary of Ten-Year Forecasts for 3D Printing Technology, Materials, Software and Services
5.1 Ten-Year Forecasts of 3D Printers Hardware Shipments and Installations in Dental Markets 
5.2 Ten-Year Forecasts of 3D Printing Software and Intra-Oral Scanners in Dentistry  
5.2.1 Dental 3D Printing Software
5.2.2 Intra-Oral and Other 3D Scanners
5.3 Ten-Year Forecasts of 3D Printing Materials Consumed Annually by the Dental Sector
5.3.1 Polymers (Photopolymers and Thermal Phase Change Inkjet Materials)
5.3.2 Thermoplastic Powders
5.3.3 Metal Powders
5.3.4 Other Print Materials
5.4 Ten-Year Forecasts for Dental 3D Printing Services
5.5 Market Summary by Geography

About SmarTech Markets Publishing
Acronyms and Abbreviations Used In this Report 
About the Analyst 

List of Exhibits
Exhibit 1-1: Summary of Value of 3D Printing Technology in Dental Markets
Exhibit 1-2: Dental Industry Trends Shifting Towards Digital 
Exhibit 1-3: Geographic Characterizations of the Current Adoption of Dental 3D Printing Technology
Exhibit 1-4: Total Dental 3D Printing Market Opportunity by Sector, 2014-2024
Exhibit 2-1: Summary of Polymer Dental 3D Printing Applications
Exhibit 2-2: UV Cured Photopolymer Material Jetting System Market Overview
Exhibit 2-3: Thermal Phase Change Material Jetting System Market Overview
Exhibit 2-4: Laser Based Vat Photopolymerization Processes Market Overview
Exhibit 2-5: DLP Based Vat Photopolymerization Processes Market Overview
Exhibit 2-6: Polymer Powder Bed Fusion Processes Market Overview
Exhibit 2-7: Total Projected Dental Models Printed by Model Type, 2014-2024
Exhibit 2-8: Total 3D Printed Wax Dental Molds by Type, 2014-2024
Exhibit 2-9: 3D Printable Dental Temporary Materials Overview
Exhibit 2-10: Benefits of 3D Printing Temporaries Over CNC Milling
Exhibit 2-11: Total Dental Temporaries Printed, 2014-2024
Exhibit 2-12: Total Clear Dental Aligner 3D Printed Tooling, 2014-2024
Exhibit 2-13: Total Estimated 3D Printed Dental Surgical Guides, 2014-2024
Exhibit 3-1: Comparing Metal Powder Bed Fusion to Subtractive CAD/CAM Technology and Traditional Casting
Exhibit 3-2: Total Crown and Bridge Units Printed via Metal AM, 2014-2024
Exhibit 3-3: Total Dental Implant Components Opportunity, 2014-2024
Exhibit 3-4: Total Opportunity 3D Printed Removable Partial Frameworks, 2014-2024 
Exhibit 5-1: Total Dental 3D Printers Sold Annually by Print Technology, 2014-2024 
Exhibit 5-2: Total Dental 3D Printer Revenue by Technology, 2014-2024
Exhibit 5-3: Total Plastic and Metal Dental Printer Units Sold, 2014-2024
Exhibit 5-4: Total Dental Printer Install Base, 2014-2024
Exhibit 5-5: Total Dental 3D Printer Software Revenue, 2014-2024
Exhibit 5-6: Install Base of Dental 3D Scanner Hardware, 2014-2024
Exhibit 5-7: Total Dental 3D Print Materials Revenue by Material Group, 2014-2024
Exhibit 5-8: Total Dental 3D Printed Materials Shipments by Material Group, 2014-2024
Exhibit 5-9: Photopolymer Material Revenue by Subgroup, 2014-2024
Exhibit 5-10: Thermoplastic Powder Material Revenue, 2014-2024
Exhibit 5-11: Metal Powder Material Revenue by Subgroup, 2014-2024
Exhibit 5-12: Metal Powder Material Shipments, 2014-2024
Exhibit 5-13: Total Market Opportunity Dental 3D Printing Services, 2014-2024
Exhibit 5-14: Total Dental 3D Printing Revenue, by Geography, 2014-2024
Exhibit 5-15: Install Base of Metal Systems by Geography, 2014-2024
Exhibit 5-16: Production of Investment Casting Molds for Dental Restorations by Geography, 2014-2024

 

 

1) Specificity – no other study of 3D printing focuses exclusively on dental applications in-depth. Other reports have previously grouped together dental and other biomedical applications into one opportunity, however SmarTech now believes that the two opportunities are growing so significant they are developing unique considerations and factors that should be analyzed independently to take into account the needs and interests specific to each industry. Our report analyzes applications, print technologies, materials, services, and overall impact on the dental industry in each sector of dentistry, from metal to polymer applications.

2) The market for dental components is unique when applied to the business case for 3D printing in that it requires the triple-play of 3D printing principal values – high value parts, with high performance standards, at high volumes. Other industries are seeking to bring 3D printing into this scenario for maximum value and competitive advantage, but dentistry is already achieving it.

3) Interplay between metal and polymer 3D printing technologies in dentistry is growing, along with traditional production techniques. This means that 3D printing will continue to become a critical production method for dental solutions, both in the dental office and in the laboratory. The independent considerations for each scenario have wide-reaching implications for the dental industry.

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