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Delcam offers DentMILL for Roland dental milling software

Delcam’s DentMILL for Roland uses part-to-part pinning to optimise material utilisation

Delcam has introduced a new version of its DentMILL 2012 dental milling software tailored specifically for the production of crowns and bridges in zirconia, wax and PMMA on the Roland DXW-50 desktop machining system. ‘DentMILL for Roland’ incorporates dedicated templates for the automated generation of three-axis and five-axis toolpaths specifically for the Roland equipment, together with libraries of proven tooling and fixturing.

DentMILL for Roland is based on Delcam’s PowerMILL CAM system for high-speed and five-axis machining, whose rapidly growing global sales have helped make the company the world’s leading specialist supplier of CAM software and services for the last twelve years. It is developed by the same development team as PowerMILL, the largest in the CAM industry.

DentMILL for Roland benefits 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 restorations.

DentMILL for Roland also includes all the major developments in the new DentMILL 2012 release. These include the 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 software 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 is now available, which 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 alignment so that the most cost-effective thickness of material block can be used.

DentMILL for Roland also incorporates a materials stock-management system that allows the user only to select sizes of material block that are currently in stock. The software then selects the fixture appropriate for that block from the library supplied with the software, and applies automatically the shrinkage allowance and milling templates for the material.

Partly-used blocks can be added back into the stock-management system so that the remaining material can be used on future projects.

While DentMILL for Roland can accept data from all the main dental CAD systems, it can be supplied with Delcam’s DentCAD design software as part of a complete dental CADCAM system.

Close integration is also possible between DentMILL for Roland 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 the progress of individual orders and the centre’s total order status.

31 October 2012

 
 
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