牙科增材制造业预计到2028年将达到90亿美元

作者:增材之光 / 公众号:AM-LIGHT 发布时间:2019-04-16

SmarTech Analysis是一家专门从事增材制造的市场研究公司,最近发布了第五版《牙科增材制造报告》。该报告包括对牙科实验室和诊所使用的技术、工艺和材料的分析,以及牙科行业向3D打印解决方案和公司结构转变的涵盖范围及其关系。SmarTech预测,牙科增材制造市场价值将在2019年达到27亿美元,到2028年将达到90亿美元。
SmarTech Analysis研究副总裁斯科特·邓纳姆(Scott Dunham)撰写了这份报告并指出清除对准器是牙科学中最引人注目的变化之一,他说“透明牙科校准器,就像Align Technologies在Invisalign品牌下销售的产品一样,在过去几年里取得了长足的发展。绝大多数这些设备是通过3D打印和传统热成型相结合的方式生产的,可能是当今世界上3D打印技术的最高容量应用。显然,这是整个3D打印行业,也是牙科行业非常感兴趣的领域。”邓纳姆先生说。我们很欣赏他们的这种洞察力。
3D打印机、材料和软件
因为小型实验室可以渐渐地承受起扩展其产品的费用,越来越多专为牙科应用设计的3D打印机也将转向增材制造。然而,还有另一个采用AM的驱动因素,那就是近年来发生的企业收购和办公室整合。随着公司和办公室的合并,他们的预算增加,这为3D打印机等大型设备的购买腾出了空间。
目前,软件在收入中所占比例最大,约为65%,但随着实验室和办公室退出当前的现代化周期,预计未来几年,这一比例将下降。材料占收入的第二份额,约为25%。由于技术的普及和人口老龄化,西部地区使用的AM牙科解决方案最多,但在亚洲、南美和中东地区使用的AM牙科解决方案增长更快。
虽然牙科中使用的标准AM工艺是还原光聚合,但Dunham预测,由于自动化程度的提高以及制造不同色调的临时和永久性牙科复合材料的能力,材料喷射技术将很快对这些遗留系统施加压力。因此,更多解决方案将直接3D打印而不是由3D打印形成。
这种简化的流程将使诊所能够提供更多的手术椅旁服务,甚至无需打扰实验室,或者正如邓纳姆所说:“我们预计未来的牙科护理将3D打印技术作为行业的核心,产生绝大多数牙科器械和修复体以越来越分散的方式,越来越接近护理点。同样的趋势,生产部分更接近使用点的部件,是工业4.0时代增材制造中不可阻挡但又缓慢发展的趋势。”
原文:
SmarTech Analysis, a market research firm that specializes in additive manufacturing, recently released the fifth edition of itsAdditive Manufacturing in Dentistry report. The report includes an analysis of the technologies, processes, and materials used by dental labs and clinics as well as coverage of the shift in the dental industry to 3D printing solutions and corporate structures, and their relationship. SmarTech forecasts that the dental additive manufacturing market value will reach $2.7 billion in 2019 and climb to $9 billion by 2028.
Scott Dunham, VP of Research at SmarTech Analysis, wrote the report and points to clear aligners as one of the most dramatic shifts in dentistry, stating “Clear dental aligners, like those marketed by Align Technologies under the Invisalign brand, have grown by leaps and bounds over the last several years. The vast, overwhelming majority of these devices are produced via a combination of 3D printing and traditional thermoforming, and are perhaps the single highest volume application for 3D printing technologies in the world today. Clearly, this is an area of great interest to the 3D printing industry at large, but also the dental industry.” Clearly. We appreciate the insight and the pun, Mr. Dunham.
3D Printers, Materials & Software
Access to increasingly more affordable 3D printers designed specifically for dental applications is also responsible for the shift to additive manufacturing as smaller labs can better afford to expand their offerings. There is another driver of adoption of AM, though, and that’s the corporate buyouts and office consolidations that have been occurring in recent years. As companies and offices merge, their budgets increase, which makes room for larger purchases of equipment like 3D printers.
Presently, software accounts for the largest share of revenue at around $65%, but that’s expected to drop in the coming years as labs and offices exit the current modernization cycle. Materials make up the next largest chunk of revenue at around 25%. Due to access to the technologies and their aging populations, Western regions use the most AM dental solutions, but use in Asia, South America, and the Middle East is growing more rapidly.
While the standard AM process used in dentistry is vat photopolymerization, Dunham predicts that material jetting technologies will soon put pressure on those legacy systems thanks to increased automation and the ability to fabricate temporary and permanent dental composites in different shades. As such, more solutions will be directly 3D printed rather than being formed from a 3D print.
Thatstreamlinedprocesswillallowclinicstoprovidemorechair-sideserviceswithoutevenbotheringthelab,orasDunhamputit:“Weanticipateafutureofdentalcareinwhich3Dprintingtechnologiesareatthecenteroftheindustry,producingthevastmajorityofdentaldevicesandrestorations,inanincreasinglydistributedmannerandincreasinglyclosertothepointofcare.Thissametrend–producingpartsclosertothepointofuse–isanunstoppable,yetslow-moving,trendinadditivemanufacturingintheageofIndustry4.0.”
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