Delcam to Debut DentMILL for Datron, DDL at IDS, Germany
UK, Feb 22, 2013 - Delcam will launch dedicated versions of its DentMILL
dental milling software tailored specifically for the production of dental
restorations on the Datron D5 & Digital Dental Lab desktop machining
systems, at the
to be held in Cologne, Germany, from 12 to 16
March. Delcam is currently in discussion with other dental equipment
manufacturers to extend further, its range of machine-specific software.
‘DentMILL for Datron’ and ‘DentMILL for DDL’ follow the pattern established
by the ‘DentMILL for Roland’ milling software introduced by Delcam last
November. These OEM versions of DentMILL make dental machining easier than
ever by ensuring that the user is only presented with the machine
kinematics, fixtures and material discs which are relevant and available. To
ensure optimum machining efficiency, they include machine-specific templates
for the automated generation of three-axis and five-axis toolpaths for the
particular piece of equipment.
The new releases expand their comprehensive range of software for the dental
industry. Delcam is the only company able to offer a complete, open
implantology solution from accurately capturing the implant position and
orientation, through to the high-precision, multi-axis milling of customised
abutments, implant bridges and dental bars, with a management system to
track every stage of the process.
All three of the machine-specific milling systems are based on PowerMILL CAM
system for high-speed and five-axis machining, whose rapidly growing global
sales have helped to make the company the world’s leading specialist
supplier of CAM software and services for the last twelve years. They have
all been developed by Delcam’s in-house development team, which is by far
the largest in the industry.
Like their generic DentMILL software, all of the dedicated programs benefit
from the many proven strengths of PowerMILL. These include a range of
advanced strategies that offer smoother machining to give the best possible
surface finish, plus flexible five-axis techniques that can produce even the
most complex restorations quickly and accurately. In addition,
background-processing capabilities mean that toolpath calculations can be
started on the first items added to the block, while the remaining
restorations are still being positioned. The technology also allows work to
be undertaken simultaneously on a number of projects. Both capabilities can
reduce the overall calculation times significantly for a series of
The new releases also include all the major developments in the new DentMILL
2013 release. These include a completely redesigned interface, with a
reduced number of toolbars to allow the maximum screen space for toolpath
generation and simulation together with bolder and clearer icons. The new
streamlined appearance has been developed in association with dental
laboratories and milling centres to ensure that technicians with limited
experience of computer-aided machining will find the technology easy to
learn and to use.
The efficiency of material use is optimised with automatic nesting tools to
position the various restorations within the block. In addition, the ability
to apply part-to-part pinning allows restorations to be nested more closely
together. As well as being positioned in the most efficient 2D arrangement,
the restorations are oriented in the optimum 3D alignment so that the most
cost-effective thickness of material block can be used.
Each of the programs incorporates a materials stock-management system that
allows the user only to select sizes of material block that are currently in
stock. The program then selects the fixture appropriate for that block and
the machine from the library supplied with the software, and applies
automatically the shrinkage allowance and milling templates for the
Partly-used blocks can be added back into the stock-management system so
that any remaining material can be used on future projects.
The dedicated systems can accept data from all the main dental CAD
systems. However, if required, they can each be supplied with Delcam’s
DentCAD design software as part of a complete dental CADCAM system.
Close integration is also possible between all the DentMILL variants and
Delcam’s OrderManager workflow management software so that the management
system can be updated automatically with manufacturing data as it is
generated. This high level of integration makes it easy to track both the
progress of individual orders and the centre’s total order status. In
addition, OrderManager generates business reports automatically for
production managers, admin staff and owners allowing them to measure their
productivity and, ultimately, their profitability.
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