The Dental Hacks talk about the very basics of 3D printing with Jessica Knott! Jessica is a lab technician who quite literally lives and breathes digital dentistry! From evaluating every printer out there to developing new 3D printers, Jessica is the person to talk to if you’re thinking of 3D printing in your office! Some topics include:

  • Jessica’s background in 3D printing (Uncle Sam helped!)
  • The military is pretty cutting edge with 3D printing! Also security. Who knew?
  • 3D printing vs. milling (additive vs. subtractive)
  • 3D printing learning curve and working clean
  • The difference in regulation between a lab vs. a dentist in their office
  • What is 3D printing and how does it work?
  • Why do 3D printing in the dental office?
  • Is 3D printing the best use of the dentist’s time?
  • 3D printing workflows that optimize the use of a printer in the office while reducing the time that the dentist needs to spend
  • CAD software and .stls…nesting and supporting
  • types of 3D printers (laser, LCD and DLP)
  • speed and accuracy…where (and when) to use what
  • Why do you need a “lightbox?”
  • What is “open” in 3D printing and why would you want this?
  • You got a printer…now what? How do you get training? (the inevitable August de Oliveira name drop)
  • Jessica helped design Ackuretta’s new printers
  • What software should they be looking at?

Some links from the show:

Ackuretta Dentiq

Medit software (built in model build)


Blender for Dental

Exocad (and XOcademy by Shawn Van de Vyver)

Jessica’s contact info and sign up to receive breaking product information!

Big Night

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You remember in dental school in your biomaterials class. It was the chapter after amalgam. They talked about composites. Different types of composites have different characteristics depending on particle size, etc. Ohhh…that’s right. It seems like all you ever hear about composites is “universal.” But let’s be honest, one size does NOT fit all! If you do any anterior composite work, you really need a microfill! Microfilled composites like Cosmedent’s Renamel microfill handle really nicely, have gorgeous translucency and polish like a dream. If it’s been awhile since you’ve used microfill, you owe it to yourself to give it a try again! Our friend and mentor Buddy Mopper was right! Don’t dumb down composites to just one type! Get yourself a microfill and see what a difference it makes. It comes in syringes AND compules and I guarantee you’ll find a bunch of great uses for it! Check it out at dentalhacks.com/microfill!

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