The top new dental laboratory technology products of 2021 as chosen by the Dental Lab Products® editorial team.
Most dental labs today look a lot different from what they did a decade ago, considering all the innovations that have taken place in the equipment and technology that power a lab’s production of dental restorations. This year alone we saw a number of breakthrough product launches in the field of dental technology, many designed to impact the ever-growing digital dental workflow. Here are 10 of the most exciting innovations in lab technology from 2021.
3Shape Automate is said to be the first dental design platform powered by artificial intelligence (AI). Developed for dental labs and hosted on the 3Shape website, it allows technicians to set up an unlimited number of design orders with customizable instructions and upload scans to the design service. Its AI technology is said to return design proposals in as little as 5 minutes, regardless of the number of designs ordered. Labs will pay for only what is approved and downloaded. Its open platform allows technicians flexibility when sending files to the platform.
The Medit i700 is the next-generation intraoral scanner from Medit that builds on the success of the company’s Medit i500 model. Powering the new unit is a superfast camera that captures up to 70 frames per second. This means more data with each pass, resulting in a smooth and quick scanning experience with realistic colors and a crisp image. The camera and other internal components have been reduced in size to create a smaller, lighter handpiece that weighs just 245 g (8.64 oz). The redesigned tips are now reversible and autoclavable 100 times.
The J5 DentaJet 3D printer is the only multimaterial dental 3D printer that enables technicians to load mixed trays of dental parts. It can produce at least 5 times more parts on a single mixed tray than competitive 3D printers, yet its compact footprint consumes only 0.43 m2 of floor space. Designed to give dental labs efficiency paired with PolyJet’s realism and precision, the multicolor, multimaterial unit also produces 3D-printed case presentations with a realism previously only possible using time-consuming wax models. Designs can be produced digitally in a few hours.
DentalCAD 3.0 Galway
The all-new DentalCAD 3.0 Galway software solution, with over 90 new features, has an updated user interface as well as new features and enhancements made across the product. Instant anatomic morphing offers automatic adaptation of teeth in real time, vastly improving speed and precision for the anatomic tooth placement. It features parametric shape adjustment with a new user interface design. It also is equipped with advanced bridge connectors, editing and viewing tools, improved insertion direction control, and virtual tooth extraction on optical scans.
The Shop System
The Shop System is a turnkey metal 3D printing solution. Described as one of the fastest metal binder jetting solutions, it brings mass customization through 3D printing to the lab. Designed to reduce costs, the system prints up to 32 partials in less than 4 hours. It produces parts at the push of a button through its easy-to-use software interface and features engineered powders and default processing parameters to ensure quality and repeatability. It features variable build sizes up to 16 L and a high-speed single-pass print carriage.
DLyte Desktop Dental
This machine is designed to be affordable and compact, making it suitable for any dental lab. The DLyte Desktop Dental allows an automated polishing process for cobalt chrome pieces and other quality metal surface treatments. Removable partial dentures can be casted, sintered, and milled with traceable and predictable results. Lab technicians can utilize the homogenous finish with DLyte Desktop Dental to eliminate the need for a multistep manual process. This is said to make things more effective and efficient overall in the lab.
Ceramill DRS High-speed Zirconia Kit
Designed to provide a rapid solution for fabricating esthetic zirconia restorations, the Ceramill DRS High-speed Zirconia Kit consists of the Ceramill Therm DRS sintering furnace and Zolid DRS material. With sintering completed in just 20 minutes, the system is designed for efficiency, and the furnace features programs for different indications. A high-performance heating element provides the power for the accelerated sintering process, and the furnace itself features a slim design. The Zolid DRS material meets the characteristics of a Class 5 zirconia.
A truly all-in-one 5-axis dental mill, the CRAFT 5X is designed to save space without compromising milling quality or flexibility. The system mills on the X, Y, and Z axes, and the blocks or discs being milled can rotate 360 degrees in either direction. It can operate in both wet and dry modes, allowing a wide range of materials to be milled, and it features a powerful closed-loop motor system. Sturdy construction reduces vibration, and the Jäger spindle can reach up to 100,000 RPM with a maximum power of 700 W to provide the system with both power and accuracy.
3D Printing Software
The Dental Module for Magics
The Dental Module for Magics software is designed to allow dental labs to fully automate their 3D printing preparation workflow for dental applications. Once dental CAD designs are uploaded, the software automates all the required printing preparation steps, such as labeling, nesting, and generating support structures. It is said to reduce task completion from hours to mere minutes. The module also provides advanced control over processing steps through customizable processing profiles. Users can further refine automatically generated results or process applications.
With the new Programat CS6 combination furnace, you can crystallize and sinter restorations faster than ever before with unsurpassed esthetic results. The new technology behind the Programat CS6 ensures each case is quickly and consistently completed. In addition to preinstalled programs for Ivoclar Vivadent materials, programs for third-party materials can be created independently and with ease. No matter which material you choose, the furnace is designed to speed up your workflow. It features a 10-year material guarantee and a state-of-the-art crystallization tray.