In the last decade, additive manufacturing technology, including three-dimensional (3D) printing, has developed dramatically. Color 3D printing has also evolved to produce full-spectrum colored solid objects utilizing a range of materials. With the evolution of various 3D imaging techniques, accurate acquisition and transformation of target object geometric data into 3D digital models can be achieved. By combining the 3D image capture and printing techniques, there is huge potential to reach the goal of “What you see is what you get.” It has the ability to directly interconnect with advanced manufacturing techniques, allowing customization with excellent accuracy resulting in time and costs savings.
There has been huge potential to develop automated additive manufacturing technology for facial prosthetics.