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Heraeus Kulzer and Dental Wings to partner in new laser milling systems and more

Partnerships and collaborations

Heraeus Kulzer and Canadian digital dentistry specialists Dental Wings are breaking new ground in CAD/CAM manufacturing. At the International Dental Show 2015 (IDS) in Cologne, the two companies presented the results of their collaboration on an innovative new technology developed by Dental Wings: Laser Milling. Together, Dental Wings and Heraeus Kulzer, will distribute the new CAM technology globally with specialized Heraeus Kulzer materials to revolutionise the digital production of dental restorations.

The partnership brings together Heraeus Kulzer's many years of materials expertise and Dental Wings' digital know-how. Heraeus Kulzer supports dental technicians and dentists around the world with materials and services for digital and traditional techniques. Dental Wings' core expertise lies in digital dental technology, with a portfolio including solutions such as software for computer-aided prosthetics as well as 3D scanners (both benchtop and intraoral).

The new technology brings the digital production of crowns and bridges to a new level. The underlying process is laser ablation: within a closed loop 3D process and integrated quality control, the laser "mills" the materials. Materials including modern composite, glass ceramic and zirconia blocks can all be used.

Opening up new possibilities together

"Users want to produce durable restorations flexibly and efficiently. This requires that we closely integrate high-quality materials and modern technologies,", said Dr Martin Haase, Managing Director of Heraeus Kulzer. "With Dental Wings, we have a competent partner for this novel laser milling technology who shares our commitment to always be a step ahead." Novica Savic, Head of Division Dental Materials at Heraeus Kulzer, said, "Laser milling offers interesting opportunities in efficiently and reliably providing patients with digitally produced dental restorations. But even in modern digital prosthetics, the basis for high-quality restorations is still materials aligned to the needs of dental technology. Our job is to provide these solutions."

Michael Rynerson, CEO of Dental Wings, said: "The phrase 'paradigm shift' is truly appropriate for Dental Wings' Laser Milling. This technology has the potential to re-write the rulebook for producing dental restorations. With Heraeus Kulzer, we have an experienced materials specialist at our side that has for decades been driving dental and technical restoration with innovative, reliable materials. It is only with properly matched materials that we can exploit the full potential of the laser milling technology for dental applications."

Focussed on users' requirements

Heraeus Kulzer and Dental Wings presented the capabilities of this revolutionary technology at IDS. In the Future Corner at Heraeus Kulzer's booth, the developers discussed fields of application and requirements with users. The cooperation partners are currently working together to optimize the technology and materials. The laser milling machine and related materials should be available in the first half-year of 2016.

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