New interface allows scans from Sirona scanners to be designed in 3Shape Dental System™

May 3, 2011, HQ Copenhagen, Denmark – 3Shape A/S, a global leader in 3D scanners and CAD/CAM software solutions, announces the official release of a new interface solution that enables scans from Sirona CEREC intraoral scanners and Sirona InLab® scanners to be modeled with 3Shape’s Dental System™ design software.

Expanding possibilities for labs and dentists

Laboratories using 3Shape Dental System™ can now add to the range of their services for dentists and other labs, significantly increasing the scope of their business and growing their customer base.

Dentists using the Sirona CEREC intraoral scanner can send their digital impressions to the large install base of laboratories with 3Shape’s Dental System™, significantly expanding their clinic’s CAD/CAM possibilities and the range of their restoration indication options. 

Broadening equipment flexibility

Last year, 3Shape and Sirona released a corresponding interface that enabled 3Shape scans to be designed in Sirona InLab® software and this new solution completes the circle. Labs with both Sirona and 3Shape systems can now bring all of their CAD/CAM scanners and software together, utilizing their equipment optimally in relation to indications , manufacturing and workflow productivity.  

Flemming Thorup, CEO at 3Shape says: “This is the next step of an important dental industry agreement that teams together the systems of two leading technology powers of CAD/CAM dentistry. We recognize the high value and large install base of Sirona’s scanning solutions and this new interface with 3Shape’s design software will benefit both dentists and labs worldwide,” concludes Flemming Thorup.

Complete case information transfer

As before, dentists send their Sirona CEREC Intraoral scans to the lab’s InLab® system via the CEREC Connect portal. The lab can export both CEREC scans or InLab® scans from their InLab® system using a new dedicated “.3se” file format, designed to be loaded directly into Dental System™ for fast and efficient design. Transferred data provides all case information including the model data of preparation and antagonist, the patient’s data, case relevant tooth-numbers and the requested type of restoration (crown, bridge, etc.) 

The solution requires an enabling of the interface module in the 3Shape as well as the Sirona software. Users who wish to benefit from this opportunity should contact the supplier who provided their specific system for explicit information about availability of the interfaces for their system and how to obtain the correct software modules. The new Sirona–3Shape interface is an add-on module to Dental System™ 2010 and works with version or above. Full functionality with Sirona scanners will be provided with inLab® 3D V3.86 available from May 2011.

About 3Shape

3Shape 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 100 developers provide superior innovation power toward reaching this goal. 3Shape’s flexible solutions empower dental professionals through automation of real workflows, and its systems are applied in thousands of labs in more than 70 countries worldwide, putting 3Shape technologies at the peak of the market in relation to 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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