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LONDON, Feb. 21, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — 3D Printing is at a tipping point and about to go main stream in a big way. It has been predicted that the industry will go through revolutionary changes when 3D Printing gets common and we aim to be among the ones making this revolution happen. Technology has moved well beyond prototyping, rapid tooling, trinkets and toys; Additive manufacturing is creating durable and safe products for sale to real customers in moderate to large quantities thereby impacting the economies of scale.

The beginnings of this revolution showed up in 2014, when through a survey of over a 100 manufacturing companies, 11% of them had already switched to volume production of 3D Printed parts or products; according to our analysis we call a particular technology to be mainstream when it reaches an adoption level of over 15%. Numerous companies in multiple industries are ramping up production and observing these developments and we opine that 3D Printing is ready to emerge from its nascent stage to becoming a viable alternative to conventional manufacturing in multiple industries for various applications. More companies will follow the major players and with this revolutionary shift, companies should start engaging strategically to see how they could improve their offerings, revisit their operations and the implications it could have on the commercial ecosystem as a whole.

Point to ponder: How fast this will happen?
The US hearing aid industry converted to 100% additive manufacturing in less than 500 days, according to one CEO and not a single company that held on to traditional manufacturing survived. Although it’s hard to imagine that this technology shall be replacing the traditional ways of manufacturing but the recent advances in this space suggest a drastic shift in industrial settings and showcase a global change in the days to come.

The dental industry has become an aggressive target for development of new 3D printing techniques. Dental technicians have already started using 3D printing methods to manufacture orthodontic equipment’s like dental implants, brackets, surgical tools, impression trays, etc. Innovations for 3D printing in dental were first filed in 1984. Thereafter, the innovations have achieved a good pace. For an R&D design prospects of 3D printing, there are several type of production methods including Fused Deposition Modeling, Laser sintering, Stereo lithography, Digital Light Processing, Electron-beam melting, Laminated object manufacturing, Direct Metal Laser Sintering , etc. Key players in 3D printing in dental industry are 3M, Mitsui Chemicals, Align technology, Dentsply Sirona, Bego medical as these own maximum innovations (patents) for 3D printing in dental industry. Innovations for 3D printing in dental industry have been originating from United States, China and Germany.

This research analyzes the potential impact of 3D printing on the global dental industry through a patent landscape analysis. It provides insights into the fundamentals of technologies, materials as well as the processes used in the industry now with an analysis on future applications. While dental equipment manufacturers, material suppliers, technology vendors have already started using it on a commercial level, we expect 3D Printing to have a tremendous impact on the supply chain of the entire industry and extend itself into numerous relative application areas.

This report intends to provide the state of the art in the domain of 3D printing in dental industry. The report provides insights into advantages, existing solutions, innovation trends, market trends and key participants in the innovation ecosystem in the 3D printing domain for dental industry.

The report is organized in to three sections as follows:

Section 1. Overall Innovation Trends
First part of this section useful for executives and top decision makers and provides trend of activity in the domain over the years (patent filing trend) and highlights the primary countries where research is being done, major geographies targeted by innovators as their markets, top players in the area, summary of research collaborations between companies and other research organizations, potential further collaboration opportunities, list of recent companies to enter the innovation space as well as companies from outside 3D printing and/or dental industry who are innovating in this space, etc.
The section further provides a list of key patents that players in this area must be aware of from legal as well as business perspective. It also gives out a list of most important inventors and service providers (like patent attorneys, etc) for ready reference of departments like Human Resources and procurement.
The section finally provides some pointers (like IPC classes) using which you can carry out your own further analytics to understand the domain better.

Section 2. Summary of inventions/ technologies

This section is a bible for researchers and R&D strategists and gives them a complete summary of technical knowhow generated in the field. The section will come in handy for them to decide on their hypothesis as well as seek technical answers to problems they might be facing.
The section provides a complete summary of all materials inventors have tried for 3D printing in dental industry, all scanning techniques tried as well as production methods tried with their corresponding advantages and final use / application area.

Section 3. Drill Down of Top Players

This section provides an analysis of the major players in the domain and gives competitive insights by highlighting their research trends over the years, major research hubs, markets of their interest, technological focus and things they have tried over the years, partnerships and research collaborations and many other important parameters.
This section also provides a comparative analysis of various players in the domain to highlight the comparative strength of their corresponding research and patents in the domain as well as provides them insights in to commercial value of their patent portfolios as well as avenues for them to monetize the research they have done till date.

Unique Advantages of the report
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A comprehensive dataset development methodology was adopted to ensure precise and high-quality analysis. The methodology includes multiple searches, in-depth review of thousands of patent and non-patent publications, and presentation of complex information into clear facts, trends, and risks.

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This report is significantly cheaper than in-house or external alternatives. It alleviates building large internal skills for searching and analyzing. The relatively low cost of using patent information makes it a particularly attractive option for small and medium-sized enterprises, academic and independent researchers. This also ensures that your legal costs are minimized

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As the entire domain is analyzed comprehensively, the report derives the trends and insights not possible otherwise.

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Our reports are prepared by highly specialized content experts who can efficiently and effectively mine the patent and non-patent literature. The authors have in-depth expertise and lot…

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