An undergrad at New Jersey Institute of Technology made his own plastic braces utilizing a 3D printer, $60 of materials, and a solid dosage of inventiveness – and they worked.
Amos Dudley had braces in middle school. However he didn’t wear a retainer as he should, so his teeth gradually moved back.
He would not like to spend a huge number of dollars for a new round of props, so he chose to make his own.
On his blog, Dudley wrote that he was an improbable mix of two things: He was bankrupt, yet had admittance to an amazing 3D printer through his college. He took full advantage of this circumstance.
“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.
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).” he wrote.
The procedure wasn’t precisely simple. He needed to look into orthodontic methodology and plot the course of his braces, so his teeth would move in the correct way. In any case, once that was done, all it took was creating a progression of models out of moderately reasonable plastic, and afterwards wearing them.
Furthermore, it was justified, despite all the trouble for Dudley, whose grin turned out to be quite astounding.
At the end of his blog, Dudley clearly mentions that he won’t be taking orders for braces, since he is a designer and not a manufaturer, and also because it could be not good for many other reasons.
Good work, Dudley!