3-D printing set to offer low-cost, high-speed dentures

TSUKUBA, Ibaraki Prefecture–Scientists here have developed technology to create metal denture frames with a 3-D printer, a breakthrough that could mean false teeth will be provided more cheaply and quickly than with current methods.

Researchers from the National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST) said under their new method the oral structure is measured with a special scanner to make high-quality dentures at less than half the cost of conventional techniques.

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