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DATRON D5 Dental Mill

Oct. 4, 2010
Designed exclusively for dental applications, the machining center is operated by an Apple iPad.
MILFORD, New Hampshire--Datron Dynamics has announced release of the DATRON D5 Dental Mill. The five-axis, high-speed machining center was designed specifically and exclusively for dental milling applications including crowns, bridges, abutments, inlays, onlays, telescopes, implants, bar work and even models. A rigid cast iron construction houses a fully integrated five-axis automation system built to hold up to eight material blanks or “pucks” frequently used by dental labs. This integrated eight-piece handling system loads and unloads blanks for un-attended operation. Finished blanks can be unloaded from the machine while the machine is running. The DATRON D5 is optimized for the machining of common dental materials, such as NEM, titanium, chrome-cobalt, zirconium, PMMA, wax, ceramics and dental gypsum. The machine has seven dynamic servo drives, cast construction, horizontally mounted industrial spindle, all of which produce precise parts. The D5 features a user-friendly touch-screen Apple iPad to control all machine functions. The control software is an open architecture capable of interfacing with standard scanning systems and CAD/CAM packages. Even the size of the machine was dictated by the needs of dental laboratories. The D5 can fit through a standard 36" x 80” commercial door. The D5 has an integrated lubrication system and dust collection to handle materials being processed. Made in Germany, the machine was launched in September 2010 and earned the prestigious Red Dot Design Award for Best Industrial Design.The D5's touch operator interface (Apple iPad) enables simple programming of the DATRON Dental software. Since the Apple iPad is removable and can be taken off of the machining center, machine operations and job status can be monitored remotely even from a distance. For example, by activating the Live View button, the iPad screen shows the machining area. A camera mounted inside the machine transmits the image to the removable iPad screen. This feature allows the operator to check the production status of the machine from another location, such as an office, or perhaps a ceramic station.Within the D5 machining software, the milling data generated by the CAM module is constantly synchronized with the job manager and activated when necessary. Simple Touch functions can link jobs together according to priority and deadline, or they can be run independently if preferred. Integrated blank management stores a library of data about the type and strength of the various materials comprising each individual blank (puck) housed within the automation unit. A plausibility examination is completed before any milling procedure begins. Tool data defining each tool type allows for the simple selection of tools by the CAM module. Based on the function and machining time for which the tool will be employed, a predefined tool exchange (replacement) is scheduled . This helps ensure ongoing quality control even during unattended operations. An integrated 13-station tool changer features tool-length and tool-break sensors. The milling tools and lubricant provided with the D5 have been tested and optimized for tool life. The turning center of the rotary axis lies directly in the center of the material blank being milled, leading to rigidity and contributes considerably to high manufacturing accuracies. In 2010, more than 12,000 Red Dot Design Award submissions came in from more than 60 countries, making Red Dot the largest design competition in the world.For more information on Datron, contact Robert Murphy at Datron Dynamics at (888) 262-2833 or visit read more about the iPad, go to iPad.

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