Because Kiser’s dental emergency happened on the weekend, Vetter was unable to have a dental lab provide the model he would need to fashion a repair. He took to Facebook and posted a message with the Fargo 3D Printing Meetup group, explaining that he was looking for someone who could use the three-dimensional electronic scan he made of Kiser’s mouth to print a 3D model that could be used to help reconstruct the broken teeth. A mechanical engineering student at North Dakota State University, Moldaschel works at Fargo 3D Printing Repair, where he keeps a 3D printer that he designed and made himself. Via Facebook message, Vetter sent his scan of Kiser’s upper teeth to Moldaschel, who loaded it into his 3D printer. In a little more than two hours, Moldaschel’s printer had produced a plastic model of Vetter’s complete upper teeth, which Vetter used to make a mold to restore Kiser’s two broken front teeth. Vetter, who runs Vetter Dental in Fargo, believes 3D printers will become common in dental offices in the years ahead. Some dental offices have them now. The potential applications for 3D printing in dentistry led Vetter to join the Fargo 3D Printing Meetup group.

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