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Digital 3D Models in Medicine – we’ve come a long way

3D Modelling is now an established medical technology Back in the late 1990’s I was working as an PR consultant for Insight Marketing & Communications Limited, which at the time was one of the UK’s leading technology PR agencies. My favourite client was a company SDRC Inc. This was a high-end computer-aided design (CAD) software vendor, now owned by Siemens.…

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Once upon a time 3D-Printing was called Rapid Prototyping

Ford Duratec engine - modelled in I-DEAS CAd software

The democratisation of one-off digital-to-physical things Once upon a time in a far, far world, people used to make one-off prototypes of planned new products using really exotic stuff and incredibly expensive computer systems. Today, in a small office near you, someone is doing the same thing for a fraction of the cost. And without the need to prepare baths…

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Dental lab work and patient care

Lab work - it can make a dental nurse jump with joy or swear like a trooper

The Lab Man cometh The arrival of the courier bringing the day’s lab work causes mild excitement in every dental practice. In many practices, the appointment book is organised to take advantage of this; we usually take impressions before his/her arrival, and carry out fittings afterwards. For the patient, this looks like so much admin. For the dentist, this is…

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It’s all in the name

Computer crash test simulaton

One day a couple of years ago, I looked up from my desk, glanced at a paper, and discovered that someone had invented 3D-Printing. Except they hadn’t. Once I worked out what was being described I realised that I wrote about it 20-odd years ago (in a publication called Time Compression Technologies) while working with one of my CAD clients.…

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