How We Integrated 3D Printing – Part 4

Roll on Part 4 of our 5-part series which visits Atlanta Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery in Atlanta and speaks to Larry Thompson to learn why this- lab ventured into digital, when they did it and what equipment they are using. 

“The Dr. and I decided that we needed to start looking into 3D printers some time ago, since we thought they would be useful for our orthognathic cases and for printing surgical guides, but I don’t think we ever imagined that a 3D printer would become so critical to our practice. Not only do we use it for models and surgical guides, we also print surgical splints for the orthognathic cases and bite jigs for full edentulous implant cases.”

Larry Thompson, Atlanta Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery P.C.


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