Current Oral Health Reports

, Volume 4, Issue 3, pp 201–208 | Cite as

Additive Manufacturing Technologies Used for 3D Metal Printing in Dentistry

  • Marta Revilla-LeónEmail author
  • Mutlu Özcan
Dental Restorative Materials (M Özcan, Section Editor)
Part of the following topical collections:
  1. Topical Collection on Dental Restorative Materials


Purpose of Review

Compared to conventional casting methods used for processing different alloys for dental applications, additive manufacturing technologies reduce manufacturing time and costs, minimize human errors and prevent possible defects in the cast objects. This review highlights working mechanisms, possible advantages and drawbacks of recent additive manufacturing technologies used for metal processing in dentistry.

Recent Findings

The literature reviewed indicated that powder-based fusion mainly based on selective laser sintering, selective laser melting and electro beam melting are the most commonly used technologies for 3D metal printing in dentistry for dental appliances made of CoCr and Ti6Al4V. Although mechanical properties of 3D printed alloys could be considered satisfactory, accuracy and reproducibility data do not present consistent results.


There appears room for improvement between 3D printed metals and ceramic interfaces and precision before such technologies could be favoured over conventional cast methods.


3D printing Additive manufacturing Electron beam melting Metal Prosthodontics Selective laser sintering Selective laser melting 


Compliance with Ethical Standards

Conflict of Interest

The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.

Human and Animal Rights and Informed Consent

This article does not contain any studies with human or animal subjects performed by any of the authors.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Revilla Research CenterMadridSpain
  2. 2.Department of ProsthodonticsUniversity of WashingtonSeattleUSA
  3. 3.Division of Dental Materials, Center for Dental and Oral Medicine, Clinic for Fixed and Removable Prosthodontics and Dental Materials ScienceUniversity of ZurichZurichSwitzerland

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