August 20, 2018

CAD/CAM Scanners Compared

3Shape TrioS

Scanning Speed

Scanner Size & Weight

Larger Scanning Head

340 grams

Ergonomic Design

Inbuilt Heater

(Helps avoid scanner fogging during scanning)

Full Arch Scanning

Ease of Use

3Shape TrioS

Design Tools

Automatic Design Proposals

Software Reliability

Configuration Options

Cart

USB

Wireless

Open or Closed Architecture

STL Import

STL Export

Cost

$$$

Yearly Fees / Subscriptions

Annual subscription for base system and add-on design modules

Planmeca Emerald

Scanning Speed

Scanner Size & Weight

Largest Scanning Head

240 grams

Ergonomic Design

Inbuilt Heater

(Helps avoid scanner fogging during scanning)

Full Arch Scanning

Ease of Use

Planmeca Emerald

Design Tools

Automatic Design Proposals

Software Reliability

Configuration Options

Cart

USB

Wireless

Open or Closed Architecture

STL Import

STL Export

Cost

$$$

Yearly Fees / Subscriptions

None

CAD/CAM Milling Machines Compared

Roland DWX-4W

Milling Speed

Maintenance Requirements

High

Milling Quality

Wet or Dry Milling

Wet

Dry

Ease of Use

Cost

$$$

Planmill 40/E4D Mill

Milling Speed

Maintenance Requirements

Medium

Milling Quality

Wet or Dry Milling

Wet

Dry

Ease of Use

Cost

$$$

About the author 

Dr Ahmad Al-Hassiny

Dr Ahmad is a global leader in digital dentistry and intraoral scanners, carrying out lectures as a KOL for many companies and industry. He is one of the few in the world who owns and has tested all mainstream scanners and CAD/CAM systems in his clinic. Dr Ahmad Al-Hassiny is a full-time private dentist in New Zealand and the Director of The Institute of Digital Dentistry (iDD), a world-leading digital dentistry education provider. iDD offers live courses, masterclasses, and an online training platform, with a mission to ensure dentists globally have easy and affordable access to the best digital dentistry training possible.

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