Roland DG Corporation
Roland DG's new wet grinding mill steals the attention at busy IDS
Geel, Belgium, April 6, 2015 – Previewed to the European public for the first time, Roland DG's DWX-4W wet grinding mill was received positively by visitors to the International Dental Show (IDS 2015). Recently held in Cologne, Germany, IDS hosts dental laboratory owners, technicians and clinicians from all over the world to see the latest in products used in the production of dental prosthetics. This year's show attracted 138,500 visitors from 151 countries.
The DWX-4W was developed for the production of crowns, bridges, inlays, onlays, and veneers from popular glass ceramic and composite resins with precision and reliability. Simultaneous 4-axis grinding of up to three standard pin-type blocks results in high efficiency.
Along with the DWX-4W, Roland DG exhibited its DWX series of affordable, CAD/CAM milling devices for dental labs and clinics. The mills were demonstrated in conjunction with dental scanners, software and a wide range of milling materials to illustrate their versatility and compatibility.
According to Takuro Hosome, manager of dental business development at Roland DG, the user-friendliness, reliability, open architecture, and compact size were mentioned by visitors as the most-valued features. "Like all our dental mills, the DWX-4W features open architecture," he said. "This means that users can easily integrate the unit in their existing workflow, as the grinding unit works perfectly together with all popular scanners and software. Rather than being locked into one source, users can also choose the material supplier they prefer."
Roland DG continues to promote the cost-saving and productivity advantages of operating separate wet and dry milling solutions. Their multiple device solution allows for the combination of dry and wet milling, but with the benefit of being able to handle the simultaneous processing of different materials without the inconvenience and delay of a changeover.
"I very much like the concept of separate machines for wet and dry milling," Tomonari Okawa, master dental technician at Organ Dental Technology in Hamburg said. "This is highly efficient since you don't need to clean the machine extensively between jobs and you can start your next task immediately."
The visitors at IDS were very positive about this new grinding machine, which will be launched the second half of 2015. "The success of the show underlines our growing success in the dental market and sets high expectations for the future," Hosome said.
Affordable 5 and 4-axis milling units
At IDS, the Roland 5-axis and 4-axis dry mills were also presented. The DWX-50 features 5-axis simultaneous machining capability, a 5-station automatic tool changer with tool length sensor, and a diagnostic notification system that allows for minimal operator involvement. An integrated air blower system and an advanced dust collection system contribute to the popularity of the DWX-50. Additionally, the mill offers multicast capability, making it possible to connect up to four machines to one computer.
The DWX-4 is the world's most compact, yet professional dental mill. It combines simultaneous 4-axis milling with simple one-button operation. An included automated tool changer provides two tools for precision milling from start to unattended finish. The DWX-4 can be enhanced with the addition of an optional 4-position automatic tool changer (ATC) which supports up to four different tool sizes. Moreover, the DWX-4 can mill up to four different pin-type materials including hybrid ceramics simultaneously with an optional multi-pin clamp. As a result, prosthetics for up to four different patients can be produced in a single production run, saving time, labor, and costs.
Both milling units are compatible with a vast range of materials including zirconia, PMMA, wax, and composite resins. This allows dental labs, big or small, to produce all sorts of prosthetic components digitally. Examples include crowns, bridges, frames, inlays, onlays, and veneers.
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