A guide to selecting a milling machine

April 11, 2017

A snapshot of some of the top milling machines in the market today. Purchasing a dental milling machine is a big-and often confusing-decision. From dry or wet milling to chairside or high-tech laboratory mills, the options appear to be endless.

Purchasing a dental milling machine is a big-and often confusing-decision. From dry or wet milling to chairside or high-tech laboratory mills, the options appear to be endless.

These machines are constantly evolving and utilizing the latest technology and software to provide dentists and lab technicians with efficient, quality results. Many are compatible with CAD/CAM software options and a variety of materials in order to provide greater flexibility.  Before making a decision, keep in mind your overall budget, specifications you require and which materials you prefer to use.


Click through the slides to take a look at some of the newest and best milling machines available in the dental market.


Amann Girrbach

Ceramill Mikro 5X

The 5-axis Ceramill Mikro 5X not only masters conventional crown and bridge work but was designed for fabricating more complex indications with dry millable materials. Additional features are said to include fast processing times, maximum quality, and a wide range of indications and materials.




CORiTEC 350i

The CORiTEC 350i processing system is said to be an innovative machine concept, developed to meet any requirements of modern CAD/CAM processing. The processing of all relevant blank materials is reportedly possible with this single machine system. The modern and optimized machine kinematics, with high free angles of the five axes of over 30 degrees, is engineered to allow milling and grinding as wet and dry processes.

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Dentsply Sirona

inLab® MC XL

Dentsply Sirona’s inLab MC XL is reportedly the only milling system that not only successfully mills both zirconia/resin materials as well as glass ceramics in the same machine but also provides the fastest mill in the industry for glass ceramics. Users are said to be able to switch from grinding and milling in just a few simple steps. The machine is engineered to be used with any design software that exports STL files.



Ivoclar Vivadent

PrograMill One

Said to be the world’s newest and smallest 5-axis machine, the PrograMill One is engineered to combine industrial production quality with a high-precision, modern design. This self-contained milling system reportedly doesn’t require any separate filtration or suction units. It is designed to be easily operated using intuitive software.



Jensen Dental

Preciso M205 mill

The Preciso M205 dental mill is a 5-axis aluminum desktop milling system that is said to offer unmatched speed, accuracy and reliability. With its 16-tool automatic changer, haptic tool length detection and tool breakage monitoring system, and B-axis that can rotate up to 35 degrees, this machine reportedly makes it easy to dry mill a variety of restorative materials.




PlanMill 40S

The PlanMill 40S by Planmeca is reportedly equipped with SMART technology and is more streamlined to provide in-office restorations. The software is said to calculate custom milling paths to enhance restoration performance and integrity. It is also designed with an automated tool changer, self-diagnostic reports and alerts for block material usage.



Roland DGA


The 5-axis DWX-52DC reportedly makes it easier and more cost-effective to produce a variety of indications simultaneously. A newly developed automatic disc changer is engineered to increase production by allowing for unattended milling, while a built-in, 15-station automatic tool changer is designed to replace tools without interruption.




MasterMill machines

The MasterMill line of machines by Talladium is said to include options for labs of all sizes. The machines are engineered to be compatible with any scanner that exports an STL file, allowing users to easily integrate these mills into their current digital system. The line reportedly includes wet or dry mills, 4- or 5-axis machines, and single disc or multidisc holders.



Axsys Dental Solutions

Versamill machines

The Versamill 5X-200 and 5XS feature Axsys’ proprietary technology that is engineered to provide superior stability and accuracy with higher throughput. All restorations are reportedly manufactured with the best possible margins requiring minimum reinforcement, excellent anatomic detail and minimum post-processing.



Whip Mix


The DWX-51D 5-axis dental milling machine is engineered for nonstop precision milling. With touch-button controls and automated milling features, the production of high-quality bridges, crowns, inlays, onlays, abutments and other restorations out of 98 mm discs and blocks is said to be virtually foolproof.




M4 Wet Heavy Metal milling unit

Equipped with 5+1 axes milling technology and an orbital system, the M4 Wet Heavy Metal milling unit is designed to mill hard-to-reach undercuts and divergences. Designed to mill four blanks at once with a 31-unit tool automatic bur changer, the M4 can reportedly handle all the industry-leading materials to maximize quantity and quality.



Zubler USA


The 5-axis, fully simultaneous, wet and dry DC1 from Dental Concept Systems reportedly features capabilities beyond other machines it its size class, enabling laboratories of all sizes to be competitive and produce complex cases with precision and surface quality. While compact by design, the DC1 is said to efficiently mill, cut, grind or drill all currently available dental materials, while offering the flexibility to change from wet to dry or dry to wet in less than 10 minutes.