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Smart Composites for Additive Technology

Project description

Stronger and cheaper dentures and implants will give millions a reason to smile

Tooth loss resulting from disease or trauma is quite common. Globally, about 30 % of people aged 65-74 years have no natural teeth. Dental treatment is costly, averaging 5 % of total health expenditure and 20 % of out-of-pocket health expenditure in most high-income countries. In most low- and middle-income countries, oral healthcare demands are beyond the capacities of healthcare systems. Use of fibre-reinforced composites as an alternative to common materials to manufacture denture superstructures could have a significant impact on cost, access and performance. However, current precision additive manufacturing methods cannot accommodate these materials. SCAT is optimising additive manufacturing techniques and fibre-reinforced composites to deliver a low-cost solution to improve the quality of life of millions of people.

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Via Cigalini 5/D
22100 Como
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EU contribution
€ 50 000