September 22, 2022

TRIOS 5 is coming!

The TRIOS 5 has been officially launched by 3Shape in their online event that happened earlier today. If you missed it, here is the link.

It was an epic launch event with tons of details about the latest and flagship intraoral scanner from 3Shape.

The TRIOS 5 is a complete upgrade to the TRIOS 4. It has been completely redesigned inside and out. 3Shape says this product will take scanning to the next level.

Unlike the TRIOS 4, which was an incremental improvement over TRIOS 3, the TRIOS 5 has an entirely new optical engine and build. This is a significant upgrade. And it is officially released and available to purchase today.

3Shape Scanner Portfolio

TRIOS scanners available now. Left to right - TRIOS 5, 4, 3.

The company says that they have made more than 50 improvements to the TRIOS 5 compared to older generations. As usual for 3Shape products, it looks incredibly stylish and high-tech. 

The best part? The cost. The TRIOS 5 has a RRP of around $26,000 USD.

With the release of TRIOS 5 the company has also taken the opportunity to rethink its scanner prices. There is now a reduction in cost of all other TRIOS models. For example TRIOS 4 with the Wireless Pod is now around $22,000 USD RRP.

Also just like other TRIOS scanners, TRIOS 5 has a subscription free option.

3Shape CEO, Jakob Just-Bomholt, says that the TRIOS 5 will be "by far the best intraoral scanner on the market ... a league of its own". Powerful words!

I have taken the liberty to summarize everything we learnt about this new intraoral scanner in the launch event. The 3 focus points were - Ergonomic, Effortless and Hygienic.

Below you will find a summary of all the improvements.

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Everything that comes in the TRIOS 5 box.

Free 3Shape Webinars

Watch over 12 hours of webinars by digital dentistry leaders. These presentations have been handpicked by the iDD team and we think both dentists and dental technicians will find them interesting, regardless of whether you use 3Shape products or not.

We edited the presentations into smaller, more digestible parts for our member's convenience.

TRIOS 5 Hardware Improvements

  • TRIOS 5 is a new wireless scanner from 3Shape which has been in development for 4 years.
  • This new scanner is completely calibration free! Dentists will no longer need to be concerned about calibrating the scanner before the next patient comes through the door.
  • TRIOS 5 is 30% Smaller and 20% Lighter compared to TRIOS 4.
  • TRIOS 4 total weight (with a battery) = 375 grams
    TRIOS 5 total weight (with a battery) = 299 grams

TRIOS 5 (black buttons) compared to other popular scanners on the market.

  • Scanning speeds have improved compared to TRIOS 4 and TRIOS 3.
  • ScanAssist is being launched with this new scanner. ScanAssist is an improvement to how the data is stitched together, made possible through a completely redesigned scan engine.  
  • ScanAssist is a brand new feature that is said to help significantly reduce stitching errors, especially in the anterior region, This is not available for any other TRIOS scanner. 
  • The ScanAssist engine is focused on making the scanning process easier and more efficient, especially for new users. Independent of which scan strategy you choose to use. 
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Morten Ryde Holm-Hansen showcasing the TRIOS 5 speed. Around 20 second full arch scans.

  • Improved Battery - requiring only ONE battery per day. A welcomed improvement as the battery life on TRIOS 4 was not great. The company says you scan up to 33 patients or 66 minutes of scan time per battery.
  • The scanner comes with 3 batteries included in the box and of course a charging station.
  • The TRIOS 5 now automatically goes into a Sleep Mode when not in use. Another good addition that TRIOS 4 lacked. In sleep mode the battery will last 7 days.
  • Fast Charging. Charge the battery for 60 minutes to achieve 80% battery power and less than 2 hours for 100%
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  • second button has been added. This is used for software navigation and scan analysis without the need to touch the computer.
  • TRIOS 5 has a 360° LED ring to provide users with visual feedback during scanning and operation of the device. It will tell you when the scanner is connected, ready to scan, when actually scanning or low on battery.
  • Haptics have been added. Helping provide more feedback to the user via the application of subtle vibrations during use. Users now have multiple guides during scanning - the LED ring, haptic feedback, and of course the sound (as we know it from previous generations of TRIOS scanners) to see if we are capturing scan data.
  • Scanning tips - closed tip design. These are different to all other TRIOS scanning tips and the focus is making them hygienic and preventing cross-contamination. They will also be cheaper. TRIOS 4 smart tips are not making a return in TRIOS 5.
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  • Scanner tip window is made from scratch resistant sapphire glass, so dentists should not be concerned about scratching the surface.
  • Scanning tips can withstand 100 autoclavable cycles.
  • The scanner body design makes for easy cleaning and disinfection. 3Shape provides better hygiene with no vent holes or joints in the scan body housing where it is impossible to clean, and the entire housing is one piece.
  • FDA 510(k) clearance has been obtained for TRIOS 5 and its scanning tips.
  • Body sleeves are offered. These are plastic sleeves that can cover the scanner. Nothing new in the scanner market, but again the company seems to be focusing on hygiene.
  • TRIOS 5 comes with a new scanner base call the pod. The pod is also designed with hygiene in mind with no joins or cracks where bacteria can live.

Free 3Shape Webinars

Watch over 12 hours of webinars by digital dentistry leaders. These presentations have been handpicked by the iDD team and we think both dentists and dental technicians will find them interesting, regardless of whether you use 3Shape products or not.

We edited the presentations into smaller, more digestible parts for our member's convenience.

Software Improvements

  • TRIOS 5 is powered by 3Shape Unite
  • Comes with TRIOS Share, allowing you to move the scanner from room to room in the surgery and scan from any PC utilising clinic WIFI. This feature is also being added to TRIOS 4 wireless.
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  • Fluorescence scanning is a feature seen in TRIOS 4 and will be also seen in this new scanner. This is used to assist in caries detection. 

So what else did we learn? Well, at the end of the launch event 3Shape held a Q&A session.

Here is a summary of all the questions and answers:

Questions and Answers:

  • Expected release in the USA?
  • Today (21 september 2022)
  • What is the depth of scanning?
  • At least 17 mm
  • How is the accuracy of the TRIOS 5 compared to previous models?
  • TRIOS 5 has been built with the same technical principles as the TRIOS 3 and 4. Independent studies are ongoing and will be updated on www.3shape.com when they get published.
  • Is the subscription fee the same price?
  • Yes. Just like all other TRIOS scanners, users can choose between TRIOS Only (subscription fee) and TRIOS Care (service package with extended warranty).
  • We at iDD found the price for you. TRIOS Care = 1st year free. Then $199 USD per month.
  • Is the TRIOS 5 compatible with Invisalign?
  • TRIOS 5 is NOT compatible with Invisalign. But it is integrated with a lot of other aligner providers.
  • It looks like a structured light scanner, no more confocal?
  • It is confocal.
  • How does it connect with the computer?
  • It is connected via the TP-link WiFi dongle, but it is also possible to connect it via WiFi (TRIOS share)
  • Does the battery last for 1 hour or 1 day?
  • You can continuously scan for up to 66 minutes. However, in combination with sleep mode you can use the TRIOS 5 for one full day on only one battery.
  • Any option to trade in with our scanner to upgrade to TRIOS 5?
  • Yes, reach out to your local sales representative.
  • Does it have caries detector in it?
  • Yes, TRIOS 5 comes with caries detection.
  • How many sleeves included?
  • 1 box (100 pieces)
  • How much will it cost?
  • Around 25,000 EUR or 26,000 USD but please check website for specifics.
  • Is the new scanner compatible with the MOVE Configuration of TRIOS 3 / 4?
  • No, the TRIOS 5 scanner has higher hardware requirements than what is installed in the current MOVE+.
  • Will ScanAssist be available with other TRIOS models?
  • No. ScanAssist will only be compatible with TRIOS 5.
  • Is the mesh different / more efficient from 3shape previous models?
  • The 3D reconstruction technology is similar to TRIOS 3 and TRIOS 4.
  • Is it obligatory to use a sleeve or is it just an option?
  • It is up to the doctor to decide if they want to use it.
  • You said that the scanner is compatible with any PC. We have all in one PC‘s without dedicated graphic cards. Does it work satisfactory with onboard graphic cards?
  • 3Shape wants their users to have the best possible scanning experience and it is recommended that you get the Dell PC available through 3Shape (more on that below) but as long as your PC meets the minimum requirements it will work. A dedicated graphics card is required.
  • Do you have a single use tip?
  • Not yet but it is coming.
  • Hi, the carries detection is going to be the same as on trios4 or some new technology will be used?
  • Based on the same technology as the TRIOS 4.
  • What if you have more than one in the clinic. Do you have to type in the serial number every time when you reach a new operatory?
  • You only have to register with the serial number the first time and then it will work.

Free 3Shape Webinars

Watch over 12 hours of webinars by digital dentistry leaders. These presentations have been handpicked by the iDD team and we think both dentists and dental technicians will find them interesting, regardless of whether you use 3Shape products or not.

We edited the presentations into smaller, more digestible parts for our member's convenience.

Here are a few other pieces of useful info the team at iDD picked up:

  • TRIOS 5 Pod is released today. TRIOS 5 Move will not be released until 2023.
  • TRIOS 5 does not come with a cable / dummy battery. Meaning if the batteries run out you will have no way to connect the scanner and use it. The company is pushing the full day battery thing and provides 3 in the box - make sure you have one charged!
  • TRIOS 5 does not come with a laptop included. You can use your own. 3Shape is selling a Dell Laptop for the scanner with the required specs at $2900. This is shown in an image below:
  • You have a few options such as what software and service agreement you want to purchase shown below:
  • TRIOS 5 will be rolling out globally. To check the availability in your region check this link.

And thats everything! Phew!

Some very big improvements to the TRIOS portfolio. A truly next generation product and worthy upgrade. This seems to be an excellent addition to the 3Shape line-up of IOS devices.

The cost is also competitive. The single best thing is seeing 3Shape take this action to ensure they do not price themselves out of this scanner market. They could have easily made it more expensive.

Here is a comparison summary of all the TRIOS models:

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We will be publishing full IOS review of the TRIOS 5 by the end of the year. We will be hard at work testing this product in all clinical situations on real patients.

Keep an eye out to learn everything about the TRIOS 5 in the coming months.

Thanks for reading.

Leave your comments below with your thoughts about this new 3Shape scanner!

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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