Sirona has launched a serious new contender for the in-house dental laboratory milling market. The Sirona inLab MC X5 is a five-axis milling and grinding unit with wet and dry processing capability developed especially for the latest demands of dental laboratories.
The MC X5, complimenting the relatively new inEOS X5 benchtop scanner, boasts a complete new look compared to Sirona's traditional inLab milling units as well as catering to the contemporary technician's desire for open architecture solutions.
"The MC X5 sends a clear signal from Sirona to dental technicians," said Reinhard Pieper, Director of inLab Product Management at Sirona. "In this new system, users benefit from our 30 years of experience in CAD/CAM wet processing of various materials combined with new dry processing techniques - in one machine.
"We have implemented all of our know-how as a pioneer and innovation leader in CAD/CAM technology to develop a laboratory machine tailored specifically to meet existing and future demands. This ensures that inLab MC X5 will be a good investment now and in the long term."
The inLab MC X5 is Sirona's first open production unit and is suitable for use with various existing CAD/CAM equipment in dental laboratories – for users with a Sirona scanner and inLab software or for laboratories with scanners and CAD components from other manufacturers. STL restoration data can be imported easily and quickly to the CAM software module developed for inLab MC X5 and processed with inLab MC X5. In combination with the inEos X5 scanner and inLab software, the new laboratory machine is the optimal complete solution for new users of Sirona CAD/CAM production.
A universal workhorse
Depending on the indication and material, the five-axis inLab MC X5 can be used for wet or dry processing. In addition, for the first time it is possible to switch automatically from dry to wet processing when working on one part. Tools used include carbide cutters and diamond grinders as well as standardized disks with a diameter of 98.5 millimeters and a height of up to 30 millimeters. Users can ensure efficient utilization of material by using the disk management function and extensive restoration "nesting" capabilities.
In addition to disks, the specially developed multi-block holder also uses CAD/CAM materials in block form. It can be loaded with up to six blocks of different materials at the same time. inLab MC X5 is thus designed to be a universal laboratory workhorse for a number of indications and for processing zirconia, polymers, composites, wax, glass ceramics and hybrid ceramics. Metal processing will also be possible in the future. The machine allows the dental laboratory a free choice of all material suppliers and it benefits additionally from the competence of Sirona's material partners VITA Zahnfabrik, Ivoclar Vivadent, Dentsply, Merz Dental, 3M ESPE and GC.
Open, user friendly and cost effective
Thanks to the combination of the wide range of indications, free choice of materials and open interfaces for external restoration data, dental technicians can use the machine flexibly from the start. The high-quality, functional design of the chamber of the laboratory unit ensures easy maintenance and makes it fast and easy to clean with the specially developed "easy-clean" concept. It can quickly switch among various materials and between wet and dry processing. This flexibility combined with the reasonable cost and the fact that there are no additional dongle fees makes inLab MC X5 very cost-effective. The unit is delivered with its own inLab CAM software module and is available now.