As scanning options have gotten more portable and compact, they have likewise become more sophisticated.
While the original scanning options took up an entire room (and sometimes then some), today’s options can sit comfortably on a table or desk and be transported, if needed.
The options in this month’s roundup all contain advanced, innovative technology, including multi-line, advanced blue light, five-axis, optical structured light and strip light projection technologies and conoscoptic holography. Features range from high speed 3D cameras to high resolution data output, precision lasers and rotating robotic arms.
We wanted to bring lab technicians a quick roundup of some of the leading benchtop scanner options out there. Whether you’re a small lab, large lab or somewhere in between, here is a snapshot of some of the top benchtop scanner companies and products.
D-series desktop scanners3Shape released new versions of its D-series desktop scanners and two new D-series models–D2000 and D1000. The D2000 and D1000 feature multi-line scanning technology-a new 3Shape proprietary scanning technology shown in trials to increase scanning speeds by 30 percent. The two scanners are equipped with 4 x 5.0 MP cameras and high quality mechanics to reportedly improve scanning accuracy. They are also said to boost speed and performance and include three years of LABcare, which features yearly software updates, product training and service.
The Ceramill Map400 is designed to stand for a high degree of operating comfort and high resolution scan data, which are created using strip light projection. Highly sensitive 3D sensors are designed to provide a precise image of the model. The particularly large measuring field is said to enable quick, efficient scanning of dental models using only two axes, which reportedly greatly reduces the scan times. This scanner also easily records articulated models in an occlusal relationship-a prerequisite if a “virtual articulator” is used in the design software for an automatic fully anatomical framework design. The Ceramill Map400 has an open interface so scans (STL files) can also be loaded in other CAD programs.
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Optimet DSI 6000
Using proprietary conoscopic holography technology, Aurident’s Optimet DSi 6000 impression scanner is designed to conquer the complexities involved in accurately scanning steep angles, narrow or deep holes and undercuts captured in the dental impression that has been the bane of other 3D scanners. Full-jaw or quadrant impressions can be scanned without the need for powder. Triple-tray scanning with occlusion registration is done automatically. The DSi 6000 is said to allow dental laboratories or offices to accurately scan and design restorations with exocad CAD software directly from the impression, thus eliminating the need for creating gypsum models and improving productivity.
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Dental Wings 7Series
The scanning performance of the 7Series is designed to combine years of mechanical engineering experience with state-of-the-art technology components. The optical setup, running with five axes and two high speed cameras reportedly give access to a superior scanning volume (140 mm x 140 mm x 140 mm) with a high degree of accuracy. The scan chamber is large enough for fully articulated models. The 7Series is said to demonstrate high precision scanning of both models and impressions and can scan 30 copings in 15 minutes. Included software applications range from implant prosthetics to partial frameworks, and optional applications for restorations like full dentures and bite splints are available.
DSi 6000Optimet’s ultra high precision DSi 6000 dental chairside scanner is said to offer patients the highest standards for complex dental prosthetics. With the push of a button, the DSi 6000’s advanced scanning technology is designed to capture the dental contours of impression materials with extraordinary precision, including narrow and deep holes, steep angles and other features that are difficult to scan. The DSi 600 is based on Optimet’s patented conoscopic holography, where the scanner’s transmitted laser path is exactly the same as the reflected laser path, which records the shape of the dental impression. It can also scan a wide range of dental impression materials, meaning dentists can use the resources they are most comfortable with minus powders.
Autoscan-DS200AutoScan-DS200 is an automated scanner that is designed to be capable of providing users with detailed and precise scanning data by using advanced blue light technology. Autoscan-DS200 is mainly designed for dental applications. Shining3D offers the scanning solution to dental labs, which helps clients entering into the CAD/CAM digitizing dental field. The new-generation AutoScan-DS200 dental scanner adopts blue light technology, reportedly providing excellent data quality and improving the scanning algorithm. In addition, it is said to capture the complete plaster model and mark drawings by hand clearly. The fine details are said to offer a reference in the digitizing design for dental technicians. AutoScan-DS200 is designed to provide fully automatic scanning in one-click, reportedly making it efficient and cost-effective.
The inEos® X5 is said to be a revolutionary 3D scanner that features a unique robot arm, innovative model positioning and the latest scanning technology for reportedly unrivalled precision, flexible handling and a comprehensive spectrum of applications, including scanning both models and physical impressions. The inEos X5 is designed to employ superior five-axis technology that utilizes a robotic arm to enable quick, automatic positioning of the model while reducing data quantities and accelerating model computation. The automatic image capture function allows free movement of the model in any direction, reportedly providing complete control of the angle and producing a scan only of the required treatment area with interactive control and flexibility. This function is said to ensure maximum efficiency and has been further enhanced by a manual scanning option that provides quick and efficient capture for more simple restorations.
sironausa.com“The inEos X5 is an essential part of our lab’s work flow. Precision scans, ease of use, reliability and speed allow us to produce a larger number of crown and bridge restorations with accuracy and shorter turn around times. Additionally, we are able to save labor, outsourcing expenses and shipping costs. The STL export features allow us to digitally send our scanned in models to milling centers of our choice for custom titanium abutments or SLM copings and frameworks. In addition to being able to scan our models and PVS impressions, we are able to receive cases through Sirona Connect, a digital network that allows us access to tens of thousands of clinical CEREC users worldwide.”
-Tra’ Chambers, owner, Express Dental Laboratory
ZirkonzahnS600 ARTIZirkonzahn’s fully automated S600 ARTI optical-structured light scanner has twin cameras that are adaptable to all articulator types, a beltless precision mechanism, a 360° rotational and 100° tilting axis and an extra-large measuring field. In combination with the Zirkonzahn.Scan scanning software, you can register your articulator into the scanner to measure its axes. The scanner, with a precision of less than 10 microns, can record practically every point of the object digitally-even undercuts can be measured very easily. The scanner features two high speed cameras and a new projector for fast scanning and exports data in .STL format.