This Guy Fixed His Teeth By 3D Printing His Own Plastic Braces For $60

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The laser scanning was reasonably painless, he says, though he describes the NextEngine software interface as "awful." "The dimensions of the scan seemed to correspond very closely to the dimensions I measured on the physical model with calipers," he writes. He also says creating the animation, which would show the path his teeth would take through different iterations of the braces, wasn't particularly difficult either.

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"Here’s where it started to get very exciting," he writes. The 3D printing of the molds.

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An up-close view of the 3D-printed mold.

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These are the "steps" all 3D-printed out. "Labeling the pieces is critical," he advises. "They look virtually identical."

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After the final versions of the braces came out of a vacuum-form machine, Dudley sanded down the edges so they wouldn’t irritate his gums.

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But did they work? Here was his smile before.

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And after about four months.

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If you want a more in-depth look at the process, check out Dudley's blog. (Just don't ask him to print any braces for you.)

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