Release 3 dramatically speeds the scan, design and fabrication processes for partial dentures as well as crowns and bridges; provides support for milling; adds support for impression scanning and the SensAble OpenScan interface; and expands SensAble's unique software intelligence, called Intelli-Fit, that automatically compensates for inaccuracies inherent in both digital and manual processes such as scanning artifacts and physical distortions introduced during fabrication processes. With analysts predicting a significant increase in CAD/CAM-created dental prosthetic devices through 2015 (iData Research, "US Market for Dental Prosthetics and CAD/CAM Devices 2009", February 2009), Release 3 lets labs gain optimal value from their technology investment and achieve sought-after efficiencies throughout their work flow.
SensAble Technologies has signed partnerships with key dental industry players that will offer fabrication services for milled crowns and bridges, in a variety of materials including zirconia, to SensAble Dental Lab System owners. Partners include Remedent Inc., of Ghent, Belgium, an international expert in oral care and cosmetic dentistry products; and Precise Structures Milling Center of Laguna Hills, California, which operates milling centres in Laguna Hills and Oshawa, Ontario. These SensAble Authorized Milling Centers will fabricate milled restorations directly from files created by the SensAble Dental Lab System.
With demand for all-ceramic dental prosthetics growing at ten times the rate of traditional materials, and over 72 percent of dental lab owners citing an uptick in demand for zirconia-milled restorations in the past two years (Dental Lab Products Magazine, January 2009 technology survey), the establishment of SensAble Authorized Milling Center partners gives dental labs even more flexibility to choose the production approach that best suits their needs. SensAble Dental Lab System customers will be able to either print 3D resin parts for metal casting or ceramic pressing, or now order milled substructures or ceramic overstructures from SensAble Authorized Milling Centers.
"The growth in all-ceramic crown and bridge restorations is driven by both patients' desire for enhanced esthetics and dentists' awareness that dental CAD/CAM systems like the SensAble Dental Lab System can produce superior fitting restorations", stated Cameron Karpowitz, president of Precise Structures Milling Center. "We're pleased to offer our expertise in milling to SensAble's customers, and know that they will get great results."
"We are excited to be the first SensAble Milling Center in Europe and offer this service to SensAble Dental Lab customers", stated Guy De Vreese, chief executive officer of Remedent. "We currently mill veneers for our GlamSmile and Lumineer products, and with our new milling system, we'll be able to offer fabrication in a variety of materials, including zirconia, IPS e.max, cobalt chrome, alumina and composite materials. This new service is a natural extension of our partnership with SensAble."
"The SensAble Dental Lab System is already the most versatile system available, and by adding an outsourcing fabrication option for milled restorations through Remedent and Precise Structures Milling Center, we're making sure our system provides the business flexibility that dental labs need today", stated Bob Steingart, president of SensAble Dental Products. "And, our software's flexibility makes it easy to design a full contour restoration in minutes, and then generate a split file - creating both an anatomical substructure for milling and a resin pattern overstructure for pressing. That type of productivity is what sets the SensAble Dental Lab System apart."
Milling capabilities will be supported in the forthcoming Release 3 of the SensAble Dental Lab System software, which is scheduled for general availability at the end of April. Detailed information on each milling centre's capabilities and services is available through SensAble's Authorized Milling Center partners, Remedent and Precise Structures Milling Center.
SensAble Technologies will also be offering a second, fully integrated scanner option for the SensAble Dental Lab System, as well as SensAble's new OpenScan software interface. The new scanner supports the scanning of both models and impressions, providing a high degree of flexibility for labs and allowing further time-savings. SensAble is also incorporating its OpenScan interface into the latest release of its software, which will allow technicians using the SensAble Dental Lab System to import STL files from other open scanners that their labs may already have.
The new high-performance impression scanner, manufactured by Solutionix, is an ideal solution for labs that want to use the scanner for both fixed and removable restorations. Its scanning capabilities are tightly integrated with SensAble's Dental Lab software to provide optimized speed and accuracy. Labs can start a digital design using the impression scan, then pour or print a stone concurrently - instead of waiting for the stone to be completed. Integration with the SensAble Dental Lab System's case management system and unified user interface further streamlines production for labs. This scanner complements the SensAble Dental Lab System, the only CAD/CAM solution that includes built-in support for both fixed and removable restorations in an integrated, touch-enabled platform.
"We are excited to have SensAble as our first OEM partner in North America", stated Mr. Minho Chang, founder of Solutionix. "SensAble brings the same level of quality and commitment to integrating their system as we bring to developing our scanner. We are confident that our complementary products and expertise will result in a highly productive solution for dental labs."
In addition to the new scanner option, SensAble is introducing an OpenScan interface, to provide dental labs with the ability to import STL files from other dental scanners. This will allow labs who already have a non-proprietary CAD/CAM system to make use of their existing scanners and import the data into the SensAble Dental Lab System's design software.
"With the new impression scanner, we've worked closely with our OEM partner, Solutionix, to integrate the scanner into a complete solution to provide a seamless experience from scan to fabrication. We think our customers will appreciate the speed and flexibility this scanner gives them, today and in the future", stated Bob Steingart, president of SensAble Dental Products. "But we also realize that there are labs that already have scanners capable of generating STL files. We're providing our OpenScan interface for those labs that want to do the testing and integration work themselves, yet still want the whole range of advantages our Design System provides."
The impression scanner and the OpenScan software interface are supported in SensAble's forthcoming Release 3. It is available through SensAble in the United States, and through its network of international distributors.
"The SensAble Dental Lab System has been a huge productivity plus to our lab since day one, and it just keeps getting better and better", stated Kristine Van Cleve, president of Dental Prosthetic Services (DPS). "In our business, every minute saved goes directly to the bottom line. As a beta partner, we're already appreciating the new release's dramatic speed improvements, and the many software enhancements that are allowing us to complete even more types of restorations than before. Release 3 is a perfect example of how SensAble continues to expand the versatility of their system as well as their commitment to helping dental labs grow."
"Dental labs either have to get more efficient, or they face a diminished role as digital methods transform the industry and demand for dental restorations increases", stated Bob Steingart, president of SensAble Dental Products. "But, speed isn't enough - labs need to produce accurate, consistent products on a repeatable basis, or their dentists will go elsewhere. Release 3 of the SensAble Dental Lab System continues to extend SensAble's built-in advantage of total integration from A-to-Z. We sweat the hundreds of details involved in digital design and production so that lab technicians can focus on what they do best - designing precise, esthetically pleasing and great fitting restorations."
Release 3 highlights include:
- Support for impression scanning, providing increased accuracy and speed. Labs can start designing digitally using the impression scan right away.
- New OpenScan interface, which will allow the SensAble Dental Lab System to import industry-standard STL files from other open scanners that a lab may already own.
- Faster scanning times, through innovative software and enhanced integration.
- Dramatically faster performance through innovative applications of hardware and software acceleration.
- Expanded versatility with more types of restorations and streamlined design work flows for inlays, onlays, metal occlusion, metal dummies, open facings, and combination cases with attachments.
- Enhanced features that speed design for multiple work flows, such as improved automatic positioning and sizing of virtual teeth, connectors, retention beads, hollow pontics and multi-part partials.
- Support for milling and the ability to send digital design files to SensAble Authorized Milling Centers, providing labs with an additional fabrication option.
- Intelli-Fit processing to automatically adjust, by restoration type, for fabrication techniques (3D printing and milling) and materials (alloys, ceramics, investment, resins, plastics, etc.).