The health care business and the 3D printing market are tightly entangled. With no exception, even the dental industry has observed digitalization, with advancements in 3D printing for dental labs and dentists offering better services to patients. Applications of dental 3D printers include production of physical models for prosthodontics, manufacture of dental craniomaxillofacial, fabrications of copings, frameworks for implant and dental restorations, customized dentures, and productions of drill guides for dental implants. These systems help simplify the manufacturing process of tooth caps, crowns, and other dental components.
The dental 3D printer market has been segmented based on raw material, technology, application, and region. In terms of raw material, the market has been segmented into ceramics, polymers, and metals. Based on technology, the dental 3D printing market has been segmented into direct laser metal sintering (DLMS), selective laser sintering (SLS), stereolithography apparatus (SLA), fused deposition modeling (FDM), electronic beam melting (EBM), laminated object manufacturing (LOM), and digital light processing (DLP). In terms of application, the market has been categorized into dental implants, dentures, surgical guides, other range of orthodontic products, and consumer products. High adoption of 3D printing techniques is proving conducive to the growth of the dental 3D printer market. Cost effectiveness, customization options available in the 3D printing of dental devices, increased investments in the 3D printing technology, and government initiatives to promote research activities in 3D printing are likely to drive the market during the forecast period. However, higher cost associated with 3D printers and printing materials is one of the major restraints of the market.
In terms of region, the dental 3D printer market has been segmented into North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Latin America, and Middle East & Africa. North America accounted for the largest share of the global dental 3D printing market due to increased investment and easy adoption of advanced technology. Europe and Asia Pacific followed North America as major markets in terms of revenue. Asia Pacific is likely to grow at a significant rate during the forecast period due to increasing initiatives by government in the health care sector and rising demand for technological modifications.
The dental 3D printer market is highly fragmented owing to the involvement of many recognized as well as emerging players in this industry. Major players in the dental 3D market are Arcam AB, Concept Laser GmbH, 3D Systems Corporation, EnvisionTEC, EOS GmbH ExOne GmbH, Optomec, Microtec Gesellschaft Fur Microcomputervertrieb MBH, and Materialise NV.
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