SensAble adds impression scanning, OpenScan interface to dental lab system

Feb. 26, 2010
New, flexible scanning options help meet the needs of more labs.

WOBURN, Massachusetts--SensAble Technologies, a provider of 3D touch-enabled modeling systems, dental CAD/CAM solutions and haptic devices, has announced the offering of a second, fully integrated scanner option for the SensAble Dental Lab System, as well as the new OpenScan software interface.

The new scanner supports the scanning of models and impressions and provides a high degree of flexibility for labs to allow further time-savings. SensAble is also incorporating its OpenScan interface into the latest release of its software. This will allow technicians who use the SensAble Dental Lab System to import STL files from other open scanners that their labs may already have.

The new impression scanner, manufactured by Solutionix, is intended to be a solution for labs that want to use the scanner for fixed and removable restorations. Its scanning capabilities are tightly integrated with SensAble's Dental Lab software to help provide optimized speed and accuracy.

Labs can start a digital design using the impression scan, then pour or print a stone concurrently instead of waiting for the stone to be completed. Integration with the SensAble Dental Lab System's case-management system and unified user interface further streamlines production for labs.

This scanner complements the SensAble Dental Lab System, a CAD/CAM solution that includes built-in support for fixed and removable restorations in an integrated, touch-enabled platform.

"We are excited to have SensAble as our first OEM partner in North America," said Minho Chang, founder of Solutionix. "SensAble brings the same level of quality and commitment to integrating their system as we bring to developing our scanner. We are confident that our complementary products and expertise will result in a highly productive solution for dental labs."

In addition to the new scanner option, SensAble is introducing an OpenScan interface to provide dental labs with the ability to import STL files from other dental scanners. This will allow labs who already have a nonproprietary CAD/CAM system to make use of their existing scanners and import the data into the SensAble Dental Lab System's design software.

"With the new impression scanner, we've worked closely with our OEM partner, Solutionix, to integrate the scanner into a complete solution to provide a seamless experience from scan to fabrication," said Bob Steingart, president of SensAble Dental Products.

"We think our customers will appreciate the speed and flexibility this scanner gives them today and in the future. But we also realize that there are labs that already have scanners capable of generating STL files. We're providing our OpenScan interface for those labs that want to do the testing and integration work themselves, yet still want the whole range of advantages our Design System provides."

The impression scanner and the OpenScan software interface are supported in SensAble's forthcoming Release 3, which is scheduled to ship in late April 2010.

It is available through SensAble in the U.S., and through its network of international distributors. Contact SensAble at (781) 939-7493 or visit SensAble for additional information.

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