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Year : 2019  |  Volume : 6  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 46-48

Rapid prototyping: An innovative technique in prosthodontics


1 Post Graduate, Department of Prosthodontics, Mahe Dental College, UT of Puducherry, India
2 Professor, Department of Prosthodontics, Mahe Dental College, UT of Puducherry, India
3 Senior Lecturer, Department of Prosthodontics, Mahe Dental College, UT of Puducherry, India

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Aboobacker S Akhila
Mahe Dental College, UT of Puducherry
India
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/INPC.INPC_16_19

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The first method for rapid prototyping was introduced in the 1980s in the field of engineering for the fabrication of a solid model based on a computed file. The innovation of digital technology have revolutionized dentistry, and this digitized medical treatment. Rapid prototyping is a type of computer aided manufacturing that make physical objects from computer data. It is a technology that is capable of making physical objects directly from 3D computer data by adding a layer upon layer and 3D physical structures are known as rapid prototypes. These includes steriolithography, selective laser sintering, 3D Printers and fused deposition modeling. Rapid prototyping are used in various branches of prosthodontics like Implantology, fabrication of cowns and bridges, mold for complete dentures and in maxillofacial prosthodontics. Fabrication of prosthesis by these technologies have reduced reliance on human variables and thus have overcome the limitations of conventional method which requires considerable human intervention. RP techniques are increasingly playing an imperative role in dentistry and will become one of the mainstream technologies for digital fabrication of dental prostheses in near future.


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