Partial Denture Frameworks

Partial Denture Frameworks

A removable partial denture or bridge is sometimes preferable to a full arch when some of the natural teeth are worth saving. This appliance is fabricated with replacement teeth and a gum-colored base connected by a metal framework to hold the appliance in place. Care must be taken in the design to avoid damaging the teeth they fit against, making the accuracy of 3D printing a perfect fit for this application. Lightweight, thin, flexible frameworks are key to a comfortable experience for the patient. Several choices of castable materials are available for 3D printing these delicate frameworks.

Key Advantages:

  • Quickly produce accurate frameworks ready for casting
  • Perfect fit, every time
  • Lightweight for patient comfort and a natural feeling

Materials for partial dentures or bridges


A castable material developed for a specific need in the dental industry: delivering delicate partial frameworks with thin features and some flexibility for casting.

  • E-Partial material maintains flexural strength to ensure clasp flex without breakage.
  • The stiffness of E-Partial allows for production of a very hard retention grid and super tight thin clasps to deliver a metal partial with the perfect fit every time.
  • Importantly, E-Partial can be printed at a 25-micron resolution in the Z axis, for extreme accuracy.

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Variables and Costs for 3D Printing Partial Denture Frameworks In-office

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Based in northern California, Dental Masters Laboratory is a full service lab offering 50 years of experience to dentists and prosthodontists throughout the US. An early adopter of 3D printing, Dental Masters utilized many competing brands of 3D printers and resins before settling on the Envision One desktop 3D printer for creating RPD patterns and models.

“EnvisionTEC, with the advent of the Envision One, has made our lives easier with a product that is cost effective, doesn’t take a lot of square footage, has no specific set of requirements for it’s operation and is extraordinarily fast and very accurate.” -Mike Kulwiec, Owner & General Manager | Dental Masters Laboratory

Envision One cDLM Dental

Created by one of the most experienced teams of engineers in 3D printing, the Envision One cDLM is the largest, most advanced desktop 3D printer ever created. It is bigger, faster, easier to use and more innovative than all the other 3D printers on the market.

Designed to take you from beginner to expert in a single machine, the Envision One cDLM is the only professional 3D printer you’ll ever need. EnvisionTEC delivers an end-to-end solution including design software parameter optimization to deliver accurate parts every time with minimal supports.

D4K Pro Dental

Introducing the D4K Pro, the highest resolution 4K desktop 3D printer. The D4K Pro from EnvisionTEC includes the fastest print speed for a standard DLP printer, and delivers extremely accurate parts with the finest detail available. The D4K Pro is built on an industrial 4K DLP projector which guarantees stable performance for many years. The D4K Pro is compatible with all EnvisionTEC DLP resins for the dental industry, providing essential solutions for applications from models to full dentures and everything in between.

Designed for chairside and small labs, the D4K Pro is the industry’s newest solution, brought to you by the original inventors of DLP 3D printing technology. EnvisionTEC has been leading the way for dental 3D printing since 2003, with equipment and material innovations that have revolutionized the dental and orthodontic industries.

Digital Dentistry and the 3D Printing Workflow

As a part of a digital workflow, 3D printing allows for the production of partial dental frameworks for casting in a more efficient workflow. Implementing a digital workflow can results in more accurate end-results, beneficial for the patients.

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