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March 16, 2023

Welcome to our recap of Day 2 at the International Dental Show (IDS) - the world's leading trade fair for the dental industry.

We're in Cologne to give you all the highlights from each day. If there's anything specific you want to see, feel free to leave a comment below!

You can check out everything we saw at Day 1 right here.

It was an extremely busy day today, and there's a lot to get through... so without further ado, here's everything we saw at IDS Day 2!

New Intraoral Scanners Announced at IDS 2023

Yesterday at IDS, we talked about a bunch of new intraoral scanners that had been released. As we made our way around the exhibits today, we noticed even more intraoral scanners that are hitting the market!

You can expect some in-depth reviews on some of these scanners in the near future, but here are some quick points on what we saw:

Panda - Panda SMART Intraoral Scanner

Panda Scanner is the registered brand of Freqty Technology, a Chinese digital dentistry company that's made a number of intraoral scanners - like the Artisan Intraoral Scanner and the Panda P2 and P3

Their latest scanner, the PANDA Smart looks to completely improve on their previously released scanners to create an IOS that's small but packs a punch. 

Here's what we know: 

  • Weighs only 138 grams. 
  • 221 x 27 x 55 mm.
  • Data can be uploaded directly to the cloud. 
  • Had fast scanning speed when I tested it at the booth. 
  • One USB cord - plug and play functionality.
  • Has a cart option.

I gave the company a lot of feedback and advice based on their last scanner and they have listened. It is a much superior product than before. At a price tag of around 15k USD, it will be interesting to see if this helps the company capture some market share.

Neoss Scanner - NeoScan 1000

I had a chance to test the NeoScan 1000 by NEOSS, and as expected it works well.  

It's an OEM version of the AlliedStar AS 100, so if you want to find out some more details just read our review here. I did a full comprehensive review on that scanner and overall its a great entry level product. 

A lot of the industry is OEM products now. From scanners, mills, printers and resins. 

In my opinion Neoss need to invest into the software, or integrate the scanner within their implant portfolio, so it could be a great option for anyone who uses other Neoss products.

Launca DL-300 Series

Big news from IDS 2023 - Launca are set to release a brand new scanner.

There will be both wireless and wired versions available. 

When I tried it I have to say I was impressed. It already seems much faster than the Launca DL-206, which I included in our IDS 2021 scanner review and frankly find it to be slow compared to others and the software not great.

The new scanner line from Launca looks good. The software has had a complete revamp and the scanner is now much like every other product on the market - fast.

From the time I had at the booth, this new scanner seems like an improvement in every way.

We'll keep you updated with more info as we get it.

Planmeca Latest News IDS 2023

We had quite a lot to talk about when we got to the Planmeca booth, so here's everything we learned:

  • Planmeca Imprex - They've realised a mobile scanning cart for Planmeca Emerald S intraoral scanners - and it looks sleek and futuristic. I think TRIOS Move paved the way for many companies to now start offering a dedicated cart solution which seems to be popular especially in certain markets.
  • Planmeca Creo C5 -  Planmeca have realized that dentistry's obsession with 3D printing is not going away anytime soon, and seem like they are going to be pushing their Creo C5 3D printer. The question is - can it gain any market share in what's already becoming a crowded market?
  • Planmeca PlanMill 35 - A chairside milling unit that has both wet and dry processing capabilities. it's great for dental practices looking for an all-round solution for fabricating dental restorations in house – especially from zirconia. Planmills are quite good 2 spindle alternatives to CEREC.
  • Planmeca Cariosity  - We saw a new scanning tip that uses transillumination technology to detect caries. It can be used with a Planmeca Emerald or a Planmeca Emerald S. Great for spotting cracks and fractures in your patient's teeth.
  • New Software Updates - Planmeca announced new updates to their software platform, including an AI-based segmentation tool for CBCT images, a new Planmeca Ortho Simulator software module for creating orthodontic simulations as well as improvements to existing software modules, such as Planmeca Romexis CMF Surgery.

Latest iTero News from IDS 2023

Here's everything we learned at the iTero booth: 

  • New Exocad Integrations - announced a new integration with exocad so that all iTero data can easily be sent to exocad with a integration. This includes scans, intraoral pictures, NIRI info etc all into the exocad software easily. 
  • Oral Health Assessment Suite - This is a MASSIVE improvement for iTero. They've introduced a new way to assess patient oral health using a range of different features of their intraoral scanner, orthodontic simulator, patient monitoring and most interestingly - caries detection via AI. There is even a new AI inbuilt to facilitate a much better workflow.
  • iTero Order Form - Finally... iTero have changed the restorative order form!
  • Smile Architect -  a new and very cool offering in the Align invisalign portal. This enables you to upload a patients scans and extraoral facial picture and then via Invisalign's clincheck (which is already world leading), now plan your restorative cosmetic solution. A few really cool things - it is facilitated with AI and it allows you to see real time the benefit of aligning the teeth to reduce the amount of tooth preparation required to achieve the desired and planed restorative outcome. It is basically a very good patient communication tool to help facilitate ortho-resto workflows. 
smile architect itero align

Phrozen - Procurra Wash and Cure

Phrozen have announced a brand new wash and cure unit exclusively for dentistry - the Procurra Wash and Cure. 

We will be testing and sharing our review of the entire Phrozen 3D printing solution soon!

Tons of printer resins

We saw a multitude of new 3D printer materials and resins at IDS 2023, including Optiprint and 3D Accuprint.

The growth of 3D printer materials and resins has been rapid in recent years, and this trend is set to continue in the future.

The increasing availability of materials and resins for 3D printing has enabled a wider range of applications, from dental models and surgical guides to implants and prosthetics.

With over 600 3D printer exhibitors at IDS, it's clear that this technology is becoming increasingly popular in the dental industry.

For clinics that have the means to implement 3D printing, it's definitely worth exploring the benefits that it can offer.

Uniz - NBEE 3D Printer - new release by SCHEU

The Uniz NBEE is an LCD 3D printer that has been specifically designed for the dental industry. The company claim it's the world's fastest resin 3D printer, with a build speed of 280 mm/h, which can produce 6 dental models in just 5 minutes.

The printer has several features that look like they would contribute to high quality outputs, such as a high-power collimated light source, resin temperature control system, and an anticoll high-performance server that enhances print precision.

The printer is able to keep a steady and consistent control on temperature thanks to a patented high-efficiency liquid cooling system that ensures the system temperature remains below 40 °C. This would apparently extend the lifespan of the screen to over 5,000 hours. Additionally, the new micro-stereo composite film can withstand up to 55 litres of resin before needing replacement.

UNIZ Printer

Image Navigation

I saw a few navigated surgery devices - quite interesting as there must be a growing market for this.

I have personally used the X-Guide in my practice for the past 4 or more months and definitely see the pros and cons of these sorts of solutions (full review coming very soon).

This device seemed very similar to X-Guide but uses cameras to detect the motion and to calibrate the CBCT to the handpiece.

Imagine Surgery

VHF - 3 NEW milling machines.

Wow this was one of my favorite releases by far at IDS 2023.

VHF has released 3 new amazing mills - E3, E4 and E5 - we have a full overview video coming soon.

  • E3 - basically an aligner cutter. Uses a single bur. Cuts out aligners within 60 seconds off a model with a thermoform aligner on it. Proprietary software by VHF to automatically detect the margins. The aligner came out 95% good which impressed me. Very clean edges.
  • E4 -new chairside mill by VHF. Wet and dry. Doesn't need a compressor. Only 28 kg. Same quality milling we expect from VHF. Less than 20k USD. Crazy. 
  • E5 - new puck mill. Dry mill only. Larger. It is for labs but also dentists who want to buy both E4 and E5 because the E5 will enable milling larger prosthetics (which you cannot do with a block). 
VHF E3, E4, E5

MODJAW - New Software - TWIM

MODJAW also had a big IDS 2023 with a completely new software release and design service.

The software is called TWIM

  • Lots of quality of life improvements to the day to day MODJAW workflow. Integration with 3Shape directly both the scanner side and also the CAD software side. New interface and new tools. 
  • TWIMFIT - their new design service for people that don't want to process MODJAW data and want to take it but have their techs do it

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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