Choosing CAD/CAM equipment
Dental CAD/CAM technology and related equipment is evolving so rapidly to be better, faster, cheaper – how do you choose a system that works for you? As early adopters of digital dentistry ourselves, D Cubed Digital has experimented with many of the available dental CAD/CAM systems – both open and closed – and after much trial and error we have found what works best. Our mission is to share that information with dental professionals who are serious about exploring the enormous possibilities of digital dentistry.
Qualities we look for:
- Open systems that allow flexibility and ease of use
- Innovative technology that disrupts the status quo
- Highest quality standards
Open vs Closed Systems
The idea that CAD/CAM systems can be either open or closed is fairly self-explanatory. On the one hand, you have a closed system where all the links in the chain are manufactured by the same company and none of the elements can be used outside that specific system. They are pieces of one complete puzzle that are not interchangeable. Their files will not work with other machines and you will probably have to buy materials from the same company who sold you the system, ad infinitum. While some may prefer the convenience of such a system and would pay the higher price to have a particular brand, we prefer economy, flexibility and choice.
The open system model significantly increases available options while allowing freedom to choose what works best. An open system can be tailored to suit your budget and the requirements of your lab or practice, right down to the materials with which you want to work. D Cubed Digital is all about dental innovation and we believe that an open system, by its very nature, fosters creativity and ingenuity.
Here are some of the essential components we supply to laboratories who want to use an open CAD/CAM system:
Medit has produced some of the most advanced yet most affordable 3D scanners on the market, which is why D Cubed Digital has identified Medit as a preferred supplier. The T-Series range of 3D scanners is sold in 42 countries globally while the Rexcan line of industrial scanners is being used by some of the most advanced manufacturing and design firms in the world.
Dental CAD software
A young, dynamic company pushing the limits of digital dentistry, exocad was founded in 2010 as a spinoff of the world-renowned Fraunhofer Organization by the team that created the Fraunhofer IGD Dental CAD Platform. exocad has taken Fraunhofer’s state-of-the-art innovations in the area of CAD and visualisation to the next level. The software’s success speaks for itself as thousands of exocad dental CAD licences are being sold around the globe each year – there isn’t anything better available, or we would have found it!
For CAM software we recommend WorkNC Dental from Vero Software, a world leader in CAD/CAM software with a proven track record of reliable product delivery. Vero has developed a host of world-renowned brands for aiding different design and manufacturing processes across numerous industries. WorkNC Dental is an easy-to-use software solution that deploys perfectly optimised toolpaths for accurate and reliable automatic machining of prosthetic appliances, implants or structures. A truly international company, Vero has offices in 12 countries and supplies products to more than 45 countries – now D Cubed Digital brings WorkNC Dental to Southern Africa.
Choosing a computer aided milling machine for your laboratory is a decision that requires a lot of consideration. Milling machines vary greatly in size, speed and cost. We are here to guide you with machine suggestions once the following criteria have been identified for your lab:
- What parts do you want to machine?
- What volume will you be machining?
- What materials would you like to use?
Please contact to us to discuss the unique requirements of your laboratory and to get an idea of what your options are. We are ready to help you find the right milling machine that will boost your productivity and ultimately your turnover!
Machined restorations will need to have their final finishing done in a sintering furnace. Even as a laboratory who outsources CAM machining of restorations to another lab, you may still want to be in control of the final finishing touches to the work that arrives at your customers’ offices. We are able to supply affordable and reliable sintering furnaces to any CAD/CAM laboratory running an open system.