3D Printing in Dental Industry
Report Code: HC-R-17-14.

Industrial 3D Printing is at a tipping point and about to go main stream in a big way. It has been predicted that the industry will go through revolutionary changes when 3D Printing gets common and we aim to be among the ones making this revolution happen. Technology has moved well beyond prototyping, rapid tooling, trinkets and toys; Additive manufacturing is creating durable and safe products for sale to real customers in moderate to large quantities thereby impacting the economies of scale.

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Industrial 3D Printing is at a tipping point and about to go main stream in a big way. It has been predicted that the industry will go through revolutionary changes when 3D Printing gets common and we aim to be among the ones making this revolution happen. Technology has moved well beyond prototyping, rapid tooling, trinkets and toys; Additive manufacturing is creating durable and safe products for sale to real customers in moderate to large quantities thereby impacting the economies of scale.

The beginnings of this revolution showed up in 2014, when through a survey of over a 100 manufacturing companies, 11% of them had already switched to volume production of 3D Printed parts or products; according to our analysis we call a particular technology to be mainstream when it reaches an adoption level of over 15%. Numerous companies in multiple industries are ramping up production and observing these developments and we opine that 3D Printing is ready to emerge from its nascent stage to becoming a viable alternative to conventional manufacturing in multiple industries for various applications. More companies will follow the major players and with this revolutionary shift, companies should start engaging strategically to see how they could improve their offerings, revisit their operations and the implications it could have on the commercial ecosystem as a whole.

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Table of Contents

 

Introduction

3D Printing in Dental Industry

About this Report

Executive Summary

Analysis Overview

1. Overall Trends in the Technology Domain

1.1 Patent Filing Trend

1.2 Products

1.3 Countries of Research

1.4 Market Geographies

1.5 Research Countries v/s Market Geographies

1.6 Key Inventors

1.7 Major Players

1.8 New Entrants

1.9 Academic Collaboration Opportunities: Top Universities/ Institutes

1.10 Independent Inventors

1.11 Patent Prosecution Law Firms in the Domain

1.12 Top IPCs

1.13 Key Patents

1.14 Free to Use Key Patents

1.15 Collaborations in the domain

1.16 Litigations

2. Technology Analysis

2.1 Technological Evolution

2.1.1 Summary

2.1.2 Taxonomy and Patent Distribution

2.1.3 Filing Trends

2.2 Technical Challenges analysis

2.2.1 Top Technical Challenges faced

2.2.2 Notable Research Literature:

2.2.3 Technical Challenges Trend

2.2.4 Technical Challenges Solved By Major Players

2.2.5 Matrix of Technical Challenges Vs Research Country

2.2.6 Matrix of Technical Challenges Vs Inventor

2.3 Products

2.3.1 Products v/s Major Players (Based on Products)

2.3.2 Products v/s Inventor

2.3.3 Products v/s Research Country

2.3.4 Products v/s Challenges

2.4 Production Methods

2.4.1 Production Methods v/s Major Players (Based on Production Method)

2.4.2 Production Methods v/s Inventors

2.4.3 Production Methods v/s Research Countries

2.4.4 Production Method v/s 3D Scanning Techniques

2.4.5 Production Method v/s Products

2.4.6 Production Method v/s Challenges

2.5 3D Scanning Techniques

2.5.1 3D Scanning Technique v/s Major Players (Based on 3D Scanning Technique)

2.5.2 3D Scanning Techniques v/s Inventor

2.5.3 3D Scanning Techniques v/s Research Country

2.5.4 3D Scanning Techniques v/s Material Used for 3D Printing

2.5.5 3D Scanning Techniques v/s Challenges

2.6 Material used for 3D Printing

2.6.1 Materials Used for 3D Printing v/s Major Players (Based on Materials Used for 3D Printing)

2.6.2 Materials Used for 3D Printing v/s Inventors

2.6.3 Materials Used for 3D Printing v/s Research Countries

2.6.4 Materials Used for 3D Printing Technology Breakdown – Polymer

2.6.5 Materials Used for 3D Printing Technology Breakdown – Ceramics

2.6.6 Materials Used for 3D Printing Technology Breakdown – Metal

2.6.7 Materials Used for 3D Printing Technology Breakdown – Metal Alloy

2.6.8 Materials Used for 3D Printing v/s Products

2.6.9 Materials Used for 3D Printing v/s Challenges

3. Major Players Analysis

3.1 Major Players’ Trends

3.2 Major Players’ Last Five Years

3.3 Major Players’ Products

3.4 3M

3.4.1 3M – Key Inventors with IPC

3.4.2 3M – Technology Fencing

3.4.3 3M – Products

3.5 Ivoclar Vivadent

3.5.1 Ivoclar Vivadent – Key Inventors with IPC

3.5.2 Ivoclar Vivadent – Technology Fencing

3.5.3 Ivoclar Vivadent – Products

3.6 Mitsui Chemicals

3.6.1 Mitsui Chemicals – Key Inventors with IPC

3.6.2 Mitsui Chemical – Technology Fencing

3.6.3 Mitsui Chemical – Products

3.7 Dentsply Sirona

3.7.1 Dentsply Sirona – Key Inventors with IPC

3.7.2 Dentsply Sirona – Technology Fencing

3.7.3 Dentsply Sirona-Products

3.8 Bego Medical

3.8.1 Bego Medical – Key Inventors with IPC

3.8.2 Bego Medical – Technology Fencing

3.8.3 Bego Medical – Products

3.9 Align Technology

3.9.1 Align Technology – Key Inventors with IPC

3.9.2 Align Technology – Technology Fencing

3.9.3 Align Technology – Products

3.10 Zhejiang University of Technology

3.10.1 Zhejiang University of Technology – Key Inventors with IPC

3.10.2 Zhejiang University of Technology – Technology Fencing

3.11 Shenzhen Kangtaijian Dental Instrument

3.11.1 Shenzhen Kangtaijian Dental Instrument – Key Inventors with IPC

3.11.2 Shenzhen Kangtaijian Dental Instrument – Technology Fencing

3.12 Glidewell Laboratories

3.12.1 Glidewell Laboratories – Key Inventors with IPC

3.12.2 Glidewell Laboratories – Technology Fencing

3.12.3 Glidewell Laboratories – Products

3.13 Straumann

3.13.1 Straumann – Key Inventors with IPC

3.13.2 Straumann – Technology Fencing

3.13.3 Straumann Products

3.14 3Shape

3.14.1 3Shape – Key Inventors with IPC

3.14.2 3Shape – Technology Fencing

3.14.3 3Shape – Products

3.15 Key Players’ IP Position Forward Citations

3.16 Key Players’ IP Position Backward Citations

3.17 Major Players’ Comparative Analysis – R&D

3.18 Major Players’ Portfolio Strength Analysis

3.19 Major Players’ Filing Strategy

4. Authors

5. Methodology

6. Relevance Criteria

7. References

8. Disclaimer

Summary

Industrial 3D Printing is at a tipping point and about to go main stream in a big way. It has been predicted that the industry will go through revolutionary changes when 3D Printing gets common and we aim to be among the ones making this revolution happen. Technology has moved well beyond prototyping, rapid tooling, trinkets and toys; Additive manufacturing is creating durable and safe products for sale to real customers in moderate to large quantities thereby impacting the economies of scale.

The beginnings of this revolution showed up in 2014, when through a survey of over a 100 manufacturing companies, 11% of them had already switched to volume production of 3D Printed parts or products; according to our analysis we call a particular technology to be mainstream when it reaches an adoption level of over 15%. Numerous companies in multiple industries are ramping up production and observing these developments and we opine that 3D Printing is ready to emerge from its nascent stage to becoming a viable alternative to conventional manufacturing in multiple industries for various applications. More companies will follow the major players and with this revolutionary shift, companies should start engaging strategically to see how they could improve their offerings, revisit their operations and the implications it could have on the commercial ecosystem as a whole.

Point to ponder: How fast this will happen?

The US hearing aid industry converted to 100% additive manufacturing in less than 500 days, according to one CEO and not a single company that held on to traditional manufacturing survived. Although it’s hard to imagine that this technology shall be replacing the traditional ways of manufacturing but the recent advances in this space suggest a drastic shift in industrial settings and showcase a global change in the days to come.

 

The dental industry has become an aggressive target for development of new 3D printing techniques. Dental technicians have already started using 3D printing methods to manufacture orthodontic equipment’s like dental implants, brackets, surgical tools, impression trays, etc. Innovations for 3D printing in dental were first filed in 1984. Thereafter, the innovations have achieved a good pace. For an R&D design prospects of 3D printing, there are several type of production methods including Fused Deposition Modeling, Laser sintering, Stereo lithography, Digital Light Processing, Electron-beam melting, Laminated object manufacturing, Direct Metal Laser Sintering , etc. Key players in 3D printing in dental industry are 3M, Mitsui Chemicals, Align technology, Dentsply Sirona, Bego medical as these own maximum innovations (patents) for 3D printing in dental industry. Innovations for 3D printing in dental industry have been originating from United States, China and Germany.

This research analyzes the potential impact of 3D printing on the global dental industry through a patent landscape analysis. It provides insights into the fundamentals of technologies, materials as well as the processes used in the industry now with an analysis on future applications. While dental equipment manufacturers, material suppliers, technology vendors have already started using it on a commercial level, we expect 3D Printing to have a tremendous impact on the supply chain of the entire industry and extend itself into numerous relative application areas.

This report intends to provide the state of the art in the domain of 3D printing in dental industry. The report provides insights into advantages, existing solutions, innovation trends, market trends and key participants in the innovation ecosystem in the 3D printing domain for dental industry.

The report is organized in to three sections as follows:

Section 1. Overall Innovation Trends

First part of this section useful for executives and top decision makers and provides trend of activity in the domain over the years (patent filing trend) and highlights the primary countries where research is being done, major geographies targeted by innovators as their markets, top players in the area, summary of research collaborations between companies  and other research organizations, potential further collaboration opportunities, list of recent companies to enter the innovation space as well as companies from outside 3D printing and/or dental industry who are innovating in this space, etc.

The section further provides a list of key patents that players in this area must be aware of from legal as well as business perspective.