How to Set Supports for Dental 3D Models 3D printing has given rise to a wide variety of applications, including dental 3D printing, which is projected to grow by roughly 30% by 2025. Dental 3D printing allows dentists and lab technicians to print out different types of dental models such as crowns at much faster speed than previously possible. As there are numerous types of dental models, these require different types of support settings so that the dental models can be printed out flawlessly. Some dental models may not require any supports at all. Setting supports on any 3D model, especially dental models, are extremely important as it anchors your models to the building plate and ensures a higher 3D printing success rate. To learn more about what the different support settings on CHITUBOX mean, please click here. In order to improve your dental 3D printing experience, Phrozen has prepared a number of tutorials just for you. What's the Process of 3D Printing Dental Models? So, how exactly are dental models created? First, the dentist needs to scan the patient’s teeth with an intraoral scanner instead of collecting a physical impression of their teeth. Next, data collected from the scanner will be imported into dental software such as Exocad where teeth can be designed, after which the fi le can be imported into Formware or Phrozen DS Slicer so that it can be sliced. Lastly, relevant supports need to be added to your dental models before being sliced and printed out. We’ll be looking at four different types of dental models and the supports they require: Dental Model Supports Dental arches can be printed horizontally by being placed flat on the plate while using slicer software. This is typically the fastest way to print dental models but it takes up the most space on the building plate. In the example above, the Sonic 4K can print out 3 dental arches in one go without the need for any supports. This way, the printing process will take roughly 1.5 hours.