3M ESPE unveils "selectively open" architecture strategy

Feb. 28, 2008
Lava Scan ST Design System to work with other technologies and/or systems.

ST. PAUL, Minnesota--3M ESPE has announced its strategic intent to further expand the Lava platform to provide multiple materials and indications for lab and dentist customers.

This will include wax/resin patterns, laser-sintered metal and custom implant abutment solutions. To meet this goal, the company will "selectively open" the Lava Scan ST Design System so it can work as the front-end to other production systems.

"Our lab and dentist customers trust the quality that comes with the Lava brand, so we feel a deep sense of responsibility to qualify vendors and systems we select to work with the Lava platform," said Dan McMaster, marketing manager, 3M ESPE. "We also know that dental laboratories increasingly demand flexibility and options, and this strategy allows us to meet both of these needs."

3M ESPE has begun its qualification and interconnectivity process with manufacturers of additive technologies, such as wax/resin pattern printing and metal laser-sintering. Labs investing in qualified manufacturer's equipment may contact 3M ESPE for authorization to interconnect with Lava Scan ST Design Systems.

This enables these labs to join the secure Lava Connect network where they can be seen and selected as an authorized supplier to Lava Milling and Design Centers. 3M ESPE anticipates the first of these solutions, for PFM, to be available early in 2008. Custom implant abutment solutions are anticipated to follow.

For more information, visit 3M ESPE or call (800) 634-2249.

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