Korean J Dent Mater.  2019 Jun;46(2):61-74. 10.14815/kjdm.2019.46.2.61.

Effect of accelerated aging on long-term accuracy of full arches manufactured using various 3-dimensional printers

  • 1Department of Dental Biomaterials and the Institute of Biomaterials-Implant, Wonkwang University, Iksan, Korea. shoh@wku.ac.kr
  • 2Department of Dental Technology, Chungbuk Health & Science University, Cheongju, Korea.
  • 3Central Dental Laboratory, Wonkwang University Dental Hospital, Iksan, Korea.
  • 4Department of Prosthodontics, College of Dentistry, Yonsei University, Seoul, Korea.


Full arch models play an important role in clear aligner orthodontic therapy and the preparation of prosthodontic appliances. Three dimensional (3D) printed full arches are very popular with the benefit of easy production and good mechanical properties for fabricating clear aligner. However, the accuracy of 3D printed full arches after long storage have not been proved yet. The objective of this study was to estimate the long-term accuracy of 3D full arches produced by the four types of 3D printers (stereo-lithography apparatus (SLA), digital light projector (DLP), Polyjetâ„¢ (POL), and fused deposition modeling (FDM)) following an accelerated aging treatment. The highest accuracy was produced by POL (before treatment) and SLA (after treatment) group, respectively. Comparisons between absolute mean trueness for the 3D printed full arches before and after treatment indicated that the deviation of the trueness values of FDM group were significantly higher than those of other experimental groups (p<0.05). In addition, all trueness relative errors for FDM group were greater than 0.04 after treatment, which was high compared to those of other experimental groups. Therefore, the long-term storage of full arches fabricated by FDM type 3D printer is not recommended and the 3D printed full arches should be used immediately whenever possible.


Full arch model; Long-term accuracy; Accelerated aging; Three dimensional (3D) printer

MeSH Terms

Printing, Three-Dimensional
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