3D Volume Rendering and 3D Printing (Additive Manufacturing)

Rujuta Katkar, Robert M Taft, Gerald T. Grant

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Three-dimensional (3D) volume-rendered images allow 3D insight into the anatomy, facilitating surgical treatment planning and teaching. 3D printing, additive manufacturing, and rapid prototyping techniques are being used with satisfactory accuracy, mostly for diagnosis and surgical planning, followed by direct manufacture of implantable devices. The major limitation is the time and money spent generating 3D objects. Printer type, material, and build thickness are known to influence the accuracy of printed models. In implant dentistry, the use of 3D-printed surgical guides is strongly recommended to facilitate planning and reduce risk of operative complications.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)393-402
Number of pages10
JournalDental Clinics of North America
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jul 1 2018



  • 3D printing
  • 3D volume rendering
  • Additive manufacturing
  • Rapid prototyping

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Dentistry(all)

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