MSE Special Seminar (Morning): “3D Printing and Additive Manufacturing in Dentistry”


10:00 am-11:00 am
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Rhines Hall Room 125
549 Gale Lemerand Drive
Gainesville, FL 32611



Additive manufacturing, high-tech imaging and digital workflow enhance most engineering and scientific endeavors. Oral health care and clinical practice have benefited from such technology, assisting patients to better understand treatment options, expediting treatment procedures and offering non-invasive methods on follow-ups.

This lecture will present advances in these areas in dentistry as an example of the application to many engineering disciplines. The presentation will also show opportunities to further improve the technology.


Alvaro Della Bona, D.D.S., MMedSci, Ph.D., FADM

Senior Professor and Chair, PostGrad Program in Dentistry
University of Passo Fundo, Brazil

Dr. Alvaro Della Bona is a Ph.D. alumnus of the Materials Science & Engineering Department at the University of Florida. Dr. Della Bona is a dentist, researcher, and senior professor at the University of Passo Fundo in Brazil. He is the Chair of the Postgraduate Program in Dentistry and past Dean of the School of Dentistry. Dr. Della Bona has been awarded the highest honor given for dental research by the International Association for Dental Research (IADR): Wilmer Souder Award in Dental Materials. He is also the first person from Latin America to win the prestigious award. Dr. Della Bona has also received the 2023 Distinguished Service Award from IADR. He is an adjunct faculty member at the University of Mississippi Medical Center and an adjunct scientist at the Houston Center for Biomaterials & Biomimetics. Dr. Della Bona is an Honorary Professor at the University of Hong Kong and the Institute of Science & Technology (San Jose, Brazil). He is the President of the Brazilian Group of Dental Materials and the Past President of the Academy of Dental Materials. He has over 300 publications in the subjects of materials, dentistry and manufacturing.


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