Monday, Jun 15, 2009 5:00 AM

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C., June 15, 2009- A new add-on for designing dental copings and bridge frameworks in conjunction with Geomagic Studio is now available as a free technology preview on Geomagic Labs.

Geomagic Labs is a community website that provides early access to new technologies, innovation and product concepts before they appear in commercial Geomagic software.

The new Copings and Frameworks Add-On enables copings and bridge frameworks to be designed directly from intra-oral scans, 3D scans of dental impressions, and CBCT scans. It extends the functionality of Geomagic Studio 3D modeling software, which automatically transforms scan data and polygon meshes into accurate 3D digital models.

Fastest path from scan to 3D model

Key features in the Copings and Frameworks Add-On include:

  • A wide range of specialized dental design tools, and the ability to leverage comprehensive editing tools in Geomagic Studio, enabling users to design complex and difficult cases.
  • Automatic creation of copings and bridge frameworks in a few simple steps.
  • Automatic detection of the margin line for a high-quality restoration fit.
  • Compatibility with manufacturing processes that utilize superior materials such as zirconia for strength, durability and greater aesthetic value.
  • Compatibility with a wide variety of scanning and manufacturing hardware devices and file formats, giving users the freedom to choose which hardware they use with Geomagic software.

"The Copings and Frameworks Add-On provides a fast, easy path from scan data to completed 3D models ready for manufacturing," says Karl Matthews, director of product management for Geomagic. "We are aiming for faster development time, less waste, and more accurate modeling and analysis that leads to a higher-quality end product."

New tools for speed and quality

New tools in the Copings and Frameworks Add-On include:

  • A cement gap adder that digitally replicates the cement a dentist adds when seating a crown. This ensures a good fit in the final restoration.
  • Undercut removal or "blocking out" to help ensure that the final restoration will seat properly.
  • Tool radius compensation that shows what the restoration will look like after final milling, helping to ensure a higher-quality outcome and save materials.
  • A sculpt knife that simulates a dental technician using a wax knife for restoration design. This enables users to fine-tune their designs and apply their expertise and artistry with greater precision and flexibility without physical models.
  • Analysis tools such as cross-section and digital calipers that allow users to check the quality of their restorations.

About Geomagic

Geomagic (www.geomagic.com) is a global company dedicated to advancing and applying 3D technology for the benefit of humanity. Geomagic’s scanning and design software solutions are used to capture and model 3D content from physical objects, organically sculpt complex shapes, and prepare products for manufacturing. In addition, the company produces powerful 3D metrology and inspection software that verifies dimensional quality by comparing as-built products to master designs. Geomagic’s Sensable Phantom haptic devices simulate the sense of touch in a digital environment. 

Geomagic’s software and hardware are utilized by world-class customers in a variety of industries, including aerospace, automotive, medical, consumer products, toys, collectibles, coindesign, jewelry, fine art, heritage restoration, research, education, mold making, entertainment, training and surgical simulation. In fact, some of the world’s leading companies and research organizationsuse Geomagic software, including Ford, BMW,Boeing, Harley DavidsonTimberland, Mattel/Fisher Price, Lego, Pratt & WhitneyNASA, Schneider Electronic, 3M, Danaher and Invisalign. Geomagic is based in Research Triangle Park, N.C., USA, with an office in Boston, subsidiaries in Europe and Asia, and channel partners worldwide.

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