Orthoprint, or How I Open-Sourced My Face
Marlene Breverman stashed this in Ingenuity
(Amos Dudley's blog about level design, environment modeling, and 3D.)
The concept: What if you had a chance to save money, make yourself happier, and stick it to the dental appliance industry, all in one shot?
At the time of writing this, I’m an undergrad, which means that a) I’m broke, and b) I have access to expensive digital fabrication tools - definitely an unusual dichotomy. I was researching [name brand clear-aligner treatment], and I ran across a photo that caught my eye:
Those look like the layer striations from a 3D print!
What is to stop someone, who has access to a 3D printer, from making their own orthodontic aligners?
Turns out, not much! Except for an instict for self-preservation (If you want to lose your lunch, search Google to see how amateur wire braces can go horribly wrong).
I’ll take you on a journey through the process:
In theory people should be able to print their own orthodontic aligners.
In practice, yeah, a lot can go wrong.