Dental Rapid Prototyping/3D Printing on the Rise

A new report from iData Research found 3D printing is contributing to the rapid turnaround of the U.S. dental prosthetics market.

According to iData, a medical devices and dental market research firm, the dental prosthetics market experienced a down year in 2010 due to the economic recession. However, in 2011, the market appears to be recovering, driven by the adoption of automation and digital technologies, such as 3D printing, medical imaging and CAD/CAM systems.

The research analysts predicted the dental prosthetics markets would surpass $11.2 billion this year. As practitioners invest in new technology, that growth is expected to continue, reaching $16.3 billion by 2017.

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