3Shape, AstraTech alliance

Feb. 28, 2011
Alliance will involve lab-based scanning.

COPENHAGEN, Denmark--3Shape, a technology leader in 3D scanning and CAD/CAM software for dental applications, has announced a global strategic alliance with Astra Tech, a leader in implant dentistry and CAD/CAM abutments.

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The first step is the development of a software interface that will enable 3Shape dental scanners to communicate with the Atlantis VAD (Virtual Abutment Design) software used for the design and production of patient-specific implant abutments.

When developed, the interface will make it possible for 3Shape scanner users to quickly and easily transfer digital scan information of patient oral geometry to the Astra Tech Atlantis design and manufacturing facilities worldwide. This connectivity reduces costs, eliminates shipping of physical models, and reduces turnaround time.

“The partnership with 3Shape is a strategic business opportunity, which will further strengthen Astra Tech’s position within the area of digital implant dentistry, contribute to a faster market penetration for Atlantis, and create added value for our customers and their patients," said Peter Selley, CEO of Sweden-based Astra Tech Group.

Added Flemming Thorup, president and CEO at 3Shape: “3Shape strives to offer maximum flexibility to its reselling partners and their dental lab customers using 3Shape scanner and software solutions,. We are very happy that this collaboration between AstraTech and 3Shape will make it possible for many laboratories to benefit from the strength of our respective companies.”

For more information regarding 3shape, go to www.3Shape.com.

For more information about Astra Tech, go to www.astratech.us/.

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