Providing digital solutions to improve the workflow of dental technicians
Outline of Dental Business
By providing digital solutions for dental technicians, Roland DG contributes to help dental laboratories take advantage of the benefits brought by digitalization, such as stable and high-quality production on demand in a short time. In the field of dental prosthetics, advances in digital technology and materials, including zirconia, composite resins and glass ceramics, are leading to more and more dental laboratories and clinics installing digital systems consisting of CAD/CAM software and milling machines to replace conventional casting methods. Believing that its technologies and know-how related to 3D milling could contribute to improvement of the dental laboratories, Roland DG entered the market with the DWX-30, 4-axis dental mills, followed by the launch in 2011 of the 5-axis DWX-50 high-performance model. Today, Roland DG is aiming to expand its customer base by proposing solutions to dental laboratories all over the world. Going forwards, the company intends to extend the scope of its business to include dental clinic.
Dental Milling Machines
The DWX series of dental milling machines has been highly praised for its advanced machining precision as well as its desktop size, user-friendliness, open architecture for use in combination with popular CAD/CAM software and scanners, and affordable price, and is used in dental laboratories around the world. The current lineup includes the DWX-51D, 5-axis dry mill, optimized for processing of zirconia and hybrid resins, etc., the DWX-4, 4-axis dry mill, which delivers ease of operation and excellent machining accuracy in a compact size, and the DWX-4W, 4-axis wet mill, specially designed for milling glass ceramics, which is gaining support from dental clinics and patients for its superior hardness and aesthetic qualities.
Popular New Prosthetic Materials
Dental Business Strategy
As digital technology is progressing in the dental technician scene, an increasing number of dental laboratories are installing digital systems consisting of CAD/CAM software and milling machines replacing conventional casting methods. Also, in recent years, as new materials for dental prosthetics have appeared, such as zirconia, composite resins and glass ceramics, there has been an accelerated increase in installation of digital systems for efficient performance of these processes.
On the other hand, manufacturers who provides systems like these tend to sell closed systems comprising sets of scanners to capture the contours of the tooth, CAD/CAM software, milling machines and specific materials, etc., and this was forming a barrier to the installation of digital systems for dental laboratories with concerns regarding large initial investment and low degree of freedom in choosing the material supplier they prefer for dental clinics and patients.
Within this market environment, Roland DG launched the DWX series dental milling machines in 2010 to apply its technologies related to 3D milling, cultivated over quarter of a century and entered the market with the DWX series. The DWX series at once improved Roland DG's presence in the market and were highly regarded for their desktop size, user-friendliness, open-architecture for use in combination with popular CAD/CAM software and scanners, and affordable price. Today, Roland DG’s DWX series is widely adopted in dental laboratories around the world, and is contributing to streamlining the workflow of dental prosthesis production.
As it works toward future business expansion, Roland DG is promoting activities with the mid-term targets “strengthening the ability to support new dental materials”, “acceleration of global expansion”, and “developing high value-added solution for the dental industry”. In the dental market, the market condition can change triggered by the development and appearance of new materials, and the most important issue for Roland DG is to strengthen its ability to support new materials. We continue to pay close attention to the market trend to ascertain the trends of material manufacturers and the needs of patients and dental clinics, and strengthen our research and development capabilities in order to be able to propose optimal processing methods as quickly as possible. Meanwhile, in general dental laboratories, much prosthetic production work is carried out manually at present, and it is obvious that there are more fields where Roland DG’s digital solutions can be applied in improving the workflow and increasing the added value of the work. We are committed to developing and providing optimal digital solutions for further growth of the dental laboratories.