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Medical University of South Carolina CDM Advances Education and Care Through 3D Printing Technology

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MUSC 1A major gift from several 3D printing companies to the Medical University of South Carolina James B. Edwards College of Dental Medicine (MUSC CDM) is helping to advance digital dentistry education and patient care. With this contribution from Planmeca, Sprintray and Sisma, the 3D printing facility at MUSC CDM has expanded to include LCD, DLP resin printing and now titanium and cobalt chrome, selective laser fusion metal printing. 

“Relationships with industry and public-private partnerships are critical to sustainability and the future of higher education,” says Wally Renne, D.M.D., Assistant Dean of Innovation and Digital Dentistry.

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The undergraduate dental students at MUSC CDM greatly benefit from these donations as digital dentistry has been incorporated into nearly all aspects of the curriculum. Students have been trained on digital partial denture design and now have the ability to print these metal frameworks in house. There is a mandatory, semester-long course during the D2 year that has been approved by the curriculum committee on 3D printing. Additionally, the donated resin printers allow students to fabricate implant prosthetics and dentures using rapid prototyping techniques. With the help of the Division of Removable Prosthodontics Faculty members, students are transitioning from waxing dentures physically to entirely digitally.

One of the most significant changes is the ability to use 3D face scanning and smile design software that gives students the ability to print the smile, which can be tried on for an evaluation. This has become standard for all complex undergraduate smile care at MUSC CDM.

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Students and faculty are grateful for the generosity of companies such as Planmeca, Sprintray and Sisma, allowing students to have access to cutting-edge technologies and learning how to best apply this to patient care. 

Courtesy of Haley Woods, Media Resource Consultant, Medical University of South Carolina James B. Edwards College of Dental Medicine
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