Intraorale scanner Heraeus/3Shape op IDS

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8 december 2010: Heraeus heeft vandaag bekend gemaakt dat het tijdens de komende IDS samen met 3Shape een intra-orale scanner zal introduceren.  Hieronder treft u het originele bericht aan.

Hanau, Germany, 8th December 2010 – In March 2011, Heraeus Dental and 3Shape will present a patient-friendly high-performance intraoral scanner at the International Dental Show (IDS) in Cologne, Germany. The renowned dental manufacturer and the leading provider of 3D scanners and dental CAD/CAM-solutions are extending their joint portfolio to offer new medical care options and new ways to economize for patients, dentists and dental laboratories.

For years, Heraeus and 3Shape have formed a successful cooperation, working together on the cara CAD/CAM system. cara combines high-performance 3D scanner technology and the innovative and user-friendly software solutions from 3Shape with Heraeus’ competence in prosthetics. “Heraeus has decades of experience in impression technology. We believe this is the ideal partnership for new digital options. Our solution opens up completely new prospects for patients, dentists and laboratories, which are less invasive and more economical than before. It is a strong addition to our portfolio of oral impression techniques and materials. The dentist can choose from a wide range of suitable solutions,” say Dr Martin Schuster, Head of Division Prosthetics, and Novica Savic, Head of Division Dentistry at Heraeus Dental, in a joint statement.

Convenient, fast, precise and cost-saving

With the intraoral scanner, dentists can scan the intraoral situation very quickly, using a procedure that is especially convenient for the patient. From impression taking to production in the laboratory, the digital process eliminates sources of errors and offers consistent high quality. Intraoral scanning minimizes the risk of errors in the preparation or impression, of environmental impact, inaccuracies of fit, reworking or expensive repetitions of impression-taking. This benefits all parties – the dentist, the dental technician and especially the patient.

The state of the art in user-friendly scanner technology

Heraeus and 3Shape have worked closely with dentists and dental technicians during the development of their new intraoral scanner and many of their requests have been incorporated directly into the final solution. The result is a state of the art technology offering a truly full digital solution starting with the patient’s visit and ending with completed treatment. 

“The unique and user-friendly scanning process delivers very fast and highly accurate 3D scans that bring huge benefits to both the dentist and the patient,” says Flemming Thorup, President & CEO at 3Shape. “Dental labs will be able to process these 3D scans directly, expanding their business opportunities and building closer relationships with their dentists. We are proud to be able to offer this technology to our long standing partner, Heraeus and their customers,” concludes Flemming Thorup.


The digital workflow is an opportunity for dentists and laboratories

“The dental field is becoming increasingly digitized,” explains Dr Martin Schuster. “It offers completely new opportunities for dentists and dental technicians. The digital methods of operation require close collaboration between dentists and technicians while at the same time, collaboration is becoming easier and more efficient. The business relationship between the two is intensifying. Software guided procedures help to avoid errors, reduce processing time and allow users to concentrate on the main aspects of added value. As a reliable partner of both laboratories and dentists, we will support them with our experience and application expertise. We will enable both parties to actively benefit from the opportunities offered by the digitalisation of dental business.”

Heraeus is conscious that many dental technicians are critical of the introduction of intraoral scanners. “At Heraeus, we take these concerns seriously and understand them,” explains Dr Schuster. “But we don’t share them. In the digital future, it will be even harder than today to produce high-end, aesthetic treatments without the professional skills and individual on-site services of qualified dental technicians in dental laboratories.”

We look forward to welcoming you at our exhibition booth A010-C019 in hall 10.1 at the IDS 2011.

About Heraeus

Heraeus, the precious metals and technology group headquartered in Hanau, Germany, is a global, private company with over 155 years of tradition. Our businesses include precious metals, sensors, biomaterials and medical products, dental products, quartz glass, and specialty light sources. With product revenues of € 2.6 billion and precious metal trading revenues of € 13.6 billion, as well as more than 12,300 employees in over 110 subsidiaries worldwide, Heraeus holds a leading position in its global markets.

About 3Shape

3Shape A/S is a Danish company specializing in the development and marketing of 3D scanners and CAD/CAM software solutions designed for the creation, processing, analysis and management of high-quality 3D data for application in complex manufacturing processes. 3Shape envisions the age of the “full digital dental lab,” and its more than 85 developers provide superior innovation power toward reaching this goal. 3Shape’s flexible solutions empower dental technicians through automation of real workflows, and its systems are applied in thousands of labs in more than 60 countries worldwide, reaching the market’s #1 record for units produced per day by dental technicians.

3Shape is a privately-held company headquartered in Copenhagen, with the market’s largest team dedicated to scanner and software development for the dental segment based in Denmark and Ukraine, production facilities in Poland, and Sales and Support Offices in New Jersey, USA and Shanghai, China. For further information regarding 3shape, please refer to

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