To expand indications and features, several companies introduced updated versions of their impression and model scanners and upgraded software packages.
If you wanted to get the low-down on the latest scanning technology, the exocad booth was a great place to start. Since exocad CAD software is used on a wide variety of scanners, its booth featured 17 scanners from 11 different countries—underscoring its slogan: The Freedom of Choice. "It's the most scanners ever shown in one booth at the IDS, and you can really see how our partnerships have grown when you consider that just two years ago, we displayed just seven or eight scanners," said Larry Bodony, President.
The company also introduced new features and software modules, including:
A new clean and stylish user interface that's multi-touch compatible. It also runs on the latest generation of Windows 8 Pro tablet computers, and is intuitive and easy to use, even for those new to CAD/CAM.
The Dentalshare module allows technicians, dentists and production centers to easily and securely exchange large 3D data sets directly within the exocad platform.
Coming in 2014 is Exoplan implant planning software that allows users to load DICOM data and follow guided steps for selecting and positioning implants.
The company also offered a preview of its Denture Module.
EGS Solutions launched the DSCAN 3, the newest in its DSCAN line. "This structured light, two-axis scanner features blue light technology that can scan a variety of different materials, even semi-reflecting ones," said Eleonora Costa, Marketing Manager. With approximately 750 scanners worldwide, the company is branching out into the U.S. market.
In addition, the company introduced its new Digital Smile System—software that enables dentists to show the patient a digital version of the proposed treatment plan—and Dental Suite CAD/CAM software.
Smart optics Sensortechnik GmbH showcased two new open scanners, the Activity 855 and Activity 885, both of which are made in Germany and sold through resellers in the U.S. They feature a newly developed fringe pattern projector with a large measurement field that enables the complete model to be easily scanned, which is ideal for implant work. With the Activity 885 you can use the company's patented ScanFixator that provides accurate capture and transfer of craniofacial information from the physical articulator to the CAD software, resulting in a highly functional occlusion design. Also making their debut are new software modules for the entire Activity series.
The Amann Girrbach booth was bustling, as attendees took advantage of the opportunity to see new equipment—previously introduced at LMT's Lab Day® in Chicago—in action, including the Ceramill Motion 2 milling machine, Ceramill Map400 Scanner and Ceramill Argotherm Sinter Furnace.
The company introduced several new modules for its Ceramill Mind system, many of which were designed with the goal of helping laboratories bring more digital processes in-house. For example, the Ceramill m-plant software update enables the design of customized abutments, including hybrid abutments (customized zirconia abutment with titanium base interface) for 13 implant systems. Other modules coming later this year include:
Ceramill m-splint, an upgrade module that can be used for custom designing, fabricating and finishing therapeutic splints. The transparent Ceramill Splintec acrylic is easily trimmed and polished.
Ceramill m-plast integrates intraoral scan data to create segmented models that can be milled on the Ceramill Motion 2 5x.
Laboratories using a five-axis Ceramill Mind 2 machine will be able to use the new bar module to fabricate Dolder bars in-house from Ceramill Sintron CrCo on conical titanium bases.
With the latest release of 3Shape's Dental System™ 22.214.171.124, the priti®crown can now be digitally designed with 3Shape software. Priticrown from pritidenta® GmbH is an all-ceramic crown blank that's anatomically contoured and then milled to create the final restoration based on your CAD design. The blanks reduce milling time and equipment wear; they come in a variety of shapes, shades and sizes for anterior and posterior use; and consist of layers of materials that replicate dentin and enamel. The software required for designing priticrown restorations is available as a free add-on for exocad or 3Shape CAD software applications. Pritidenta will be marketing the priticrown in the U.S. once it receives FDA clearance, probably mid-2013.