Global Dental 3-D Printing Market to See 16.5% Growth Through 2024

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The global dental 3-D printing market will see 16.5% compound annual growth from 2018 through 2024, according to ResearchAndMarkets. The analyst firm attributes this increase to the rising prevalence of oral diseases, the growing popularity of 3-D dental products, and the introduction of new technologies. DWS Systems, EnvisionTEC, Roland DG Group, Stratasys, and 3D Systems hold more than 70% of the global market share.

ResearchAndMarkets expects the dental 3-D services segment to increase at a fast rate and be the largest revenue contributor to the global dental 3-D printing market. Most of the costs of dental services are procured while treating dental conditions for a long period of time. An effective treatment would include 80% to 90% of the service costs, while the products would only constitute 10% to 20% of the costs, the company says.

Resin is the most common material used in dental 3-D printing due to its safety and stability, ResearchAndMarkets reports, targeting applications including implants, abutments, crowns and bridges, and other fixtures. The company also calls dental 3-D materials ideal for developing accurate and detailed visual, durable models. Combinations of such materials will allow increased customization of products with different colors, sizes, durability, and strength.

Meanwhile, software enables smooth workflows and guides to design through every step by navigating, visualizing, and controlling productivity. Software laboratories require software, with dedicated packages available for inspecting, analyzing, and editing high-quality 3-D data. Also, Maestero3D’s MDS400, Carestream’s CS 3D Imaging, and ACE Dental’s package provide all aspects of dental office management, ResearchAndMarkets reports. 

However, the high cost of dental 3-D printers remains an obstacle to widespread adoption of the technology, ResearchAndMarkets says. The company also cites intense competition among vendors, lack of reimbursement from insurance providers, and a lack of skilled specialists. Plus, the market is still in its early days and remains highly fragmented with many global, regional, and local companies, though key players are acquiring smaller firms to increase market share.

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