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    9 things you REALLY need to know about digital imaging

    Unpacking terms like open, closed and everything in-between.


    Open Systems

    Scanning devices that can exchange information freely with other components are said to be “open”. This functionality allows a scanner to be purchased from one manufacturer and the case data sent to another.

    The industry seems to be moving toward more openness, and Cody Coonradt, global product manager, 3M Connection Center at 3M ESPE Dental in St. Paul, Minn., expects the future of open systems to follow a path similar to the current state of social media.

    “In the future, we’re going to have workflows that function like photo sharing does today,” Coonradt says. “I can take a photo on my phone. I can put it on Instagram, and then I can ask Instagram to share it on Facebook and Twitter and maybe my GoPro account. All of the information, and all the architecture behind the scenes to make that ecosystem work, has all been put in place by various companies—oftentimes competitors in one sense or another. We believe that the development of digital dentistry will be similar; we’ll see the ecosystem of companies develop that have to learn to talk to each other. And what that means for customers, especially in the lab, is that we’ve seen that they may have to learn to work with a wide variety of scanners in a wide variety of CAD software packages."

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    Robert Elsenpeter
    Robert Elsenpeter is a freelance writer and frequent contributor to Dental Products Report and Digital Esthetics. He is also the author ...


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