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Roland DG and 3Shape Interface Brings Dental Restoration Production to Small and Mid-sized Dental Laboratories

Summary: Small and mid-sized Dental labs get a new opportunity for achieving in-house automated production of dental restorations from their 3D data. A new integrated interface between the desktop Roland DWX Series Dental Milling Machines and 3Shape CAMbridge™ manufacturing software provide a remarkably easy-to-use and affordable manufacturing solution that produces a wide range of dental indications.

Hamamatsu, Japan and Copenhagen, Denmark, April 26, 2011  Roland DG Corporation, a leading worldwide producer of 3D milling and engraving technologies and 3Shape A/S, an innovative leader in CAD/CAM dental solutions have worked together to offer dental labs a seamless interface between their systems. With this new interface, 3Shape CAMbridge has become Roland's preferred and recommended choice of CAM systems for their DWX-30 and DWX-50 series.

"This powerful combination of Roland's 3D milling machine DWX series and the popular 3Shape CAMbridge™ software will contribute to help dental labs take advantage of the benefits brought by digitalization, such as stable and high-quality production on demand in a short time, " said Kevin Shigenoya, Roland DG Corporation executive officer and general manager of Product Marketing Department.

Flemming Thorup, CEO at 3Shape says: "This new 3Shape and Roland interface solution is completely in line with our commitment to engage in dental industry agreements that bring together the best in CAD/CAM dentistry technology for the benefit of dental labs worldwide."

The solution makes in-house Zirconia milling available to labs of any size, opening profitable new service possibilities and full control of restoration results. The interface enables fully automatic preparation and 3+1/3+2 axis milling of Copings, Crowns, and Bridges in Zirconia, directly castable dental forms in wax and temporaries in PMMA.

"Usability was key factor in making a solution that appeals to smaller labs," says David Fischer, Project Manager for 3Shape CAMbridge™. "All manufacturing steps can be operated easily by in-house lab technicians after only a brief introduction."

"The DWX-30 is our first, special model for the dental market. The new model, DWX-50, offers precision 5-axis control for more advanced applications," said Yuki Shimizu, Roland DG Dental Product Manager. "Both DWX models are easy-to-use, versatile, affordable and desktop machines that will fit in any lab. Users only need to attach a tool, set the material to cut, and send their data to the DWX."

The versatile solution can be run directly from inside 3Shape's DentalSystem™ - Dental Manager™/Dental Designer™ software or integrated with other CAD systems.

The new interface is available as of today. Users who wish to benefit from this opportunity should contact their local Roland distributor.

About 3Shape A/S

3Shape A/S is a Danish company specializing in the development and marketing of leading 3D scanners and CAD/CAM software solutions designed for the creation, processing, analysis and management of high-quality 3D data for application in complex manufacturing processes. 3Shape envisions the age of the "full digital dental lab," and its more than 100 developers provide superior innovation power toward reaching this goal. 3Shape's flexible solutions empower dental professionals through automation of real workflows, and its systems are applied in thousands of labs in more than 70 countries worldwide, putting 3Shape technologies at the peak of the market in relation to units produced per day by dental technicians. 3Shape is a privately-held company headquartered in Copenhagen, with the market's largest team dedicated to scanner and software development for the dental segment based in Denmark and Ukraine, production facilities in Poland, and Sales and Support Offices in New Jersey, USA and Shanghai, China.

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