Catadent cuts its teeth on Sescoi’s WorkNC®Dental

December 17, 2009 - Based in Barcelona, Catadent is a dental laboratory located at the heart of the booming Spanish market for dental prostheses. Catadent had been searching for the best system to rapidly manufacture high quality dental prostheses at a competitive cost to counter the growing low cost competition from overseas.

Pedro Ruiz, Dental Technician at Catadent said, “We needed a reliable and easy to use CAM system which would be flexible enough for us to manufacture each unique prosthesis from a solid block in a predictable way.” The company evaluated several systems and selected WorkNC Dental from Sescoi based on its in-built technology.

Pedro Ruiz continued, “Other systems we looked at relied heavily on the programmer’s skill, and had significant weaknesses in detecting cutter collisions. WorkNC Dental has intelligent machining strategies, powerful toolpath editing capabilities, and excellent simulation and collision avoidance technology, which is especially important for 5-axis machining. Some of the most expensive systems on the market have this type of capability, but their price is far too high for small and medium sized prosthesis manufacturers. WorkNC Dental gives us the functionality we need affordably, making it a very cost effective solution for us.”

Sescoi has drawn on its 20 years of experience in the CAM market in the development of WorkNC Dental. The software includes automated machining wizards, which greatly simplify the programming task required to generate collision free 3 and 5-axis toolpaths. Additionally, cutting methodology has been optimized to suit the types of materials used in prostheses such as zirconia, titanium and alumina, and the types of prosthesis required for example, copings and bridges.

Pedro Ruiz said, “The machining toolpaths are highly optimized and the machine runs very smoothly, which means less wear and tear, lower tool loads, and peace of mind for the operator.”

For Catadent, the smooth running of its manufacturing operations is crucial to its success, so ease of use and reliability are very important. Pedro Ruiz commented, “Once we had set-up WorkNC Dental for our way of operating there was no need for ongoing CAM management, as the system was then virtually automatic. This greatly increases productivity as programming times are very short and our staff are then free to carry out other tasks. Anyone who has experienced a poorly optimized CAM system will appreciate the importance of WorkNC Dental’s reliability.” Pedro Ruiz has been delighted by the pre and post sales service supplied by Sescoi from its Spanish offices. He said, “They quickly understood our requirements, offering us a solution that matched our needs exactly. Now that we have the software, we find the service and response first class. Sescoi’s technicians are always very helpful and knowledgeable. For us, this level of support and collaboration is an essential part of the service.

The intelligence in the software has the capacity to surprise Catadent with its automatic problem solving capabilities. Pedro Ruiz said, “The biggest benefits of WorkNC Dental are precisely the things we take for granted, such as its highly optimized toolpaths and collision avoidance. When we are machining more complex shapes the ability of the software to produce a really ingenious cutterpath is extraordinary.” He concluded, “WorkNC Dental has become an essential resource for our company, every manufacturing project goes through it now.

Please do not hesitate to contact us should you require further information.

Email Contact

Review Article
  • Wow, technology! December 29, 2009
    Reviewed by 'Debby Wu'
    I am a sale manager working in marsdental lab. My boss is an American. He sets up a Dental lab with 200 technicians in Zhuhai China, a city very near Hongkong.
    When I first apply for this job, my boss tells me that all dentures are hand made, and there will be a huge market for this business. Because the average salary for a Chinese technician can never complete with a technician in US. And a normal crown and bridge is sold at a price in US almost 5 times the price sold from our lab in China.
    All materials we used to make the dental restorations are the same as the dental labs used in US, the only differences are the people, the technicians. All the technicians in our China company are trained by American professionals( my boss ). Which means there is no quality differences of the dentures made in China and abroad.
    When I try to persude labs in US to try do outsourcing from our lab, in the begining, they concern about the quality, but as our price is really competitive, they will always be happy to see our samples and then later place regular order from us.
    Of cource, just as a coin has 2 sides, when dental labs in US do outsourcing, which means they don't need as many technicians as before, so what shall these technician do to survive? In these case, Chinese technicians are the enemy of technicians in US?
    No, we are not the enemy, instead we are friends. What I would say is that survival of the fittest. Science and technology constitute a primary productive force. A man of great talents will surely be given important assignment.
    Every products will reach its market price one day, and every patient deserves qualified treatment from the dentist at a reasonalbe price. I support catadental's idea on cutting tooth with an auto system with more accuracy and efficiency. In this case it can free more technicians from doing routine technical jobs every day. And people can have more time in exploring their life in other aspects. And I hope the scientist in China can do some research on this field as well.
    I wonder, I do wonder if the cartoon movie " Futurma "will come true one day?
    Simple, Passion, Independant.

      3 of 3 found this review helpful.
      Was this review helpful to you?   (Report this review as inappropriate)

For more discussions, follow this link …

SolidCAM - Break The Chains

Featured Video
System Designer/Engineer for Bluewater at Southfield, Michigan
Mid-Level Mechanical Engineer for Kiewit at lenexa, Kansas
Mechanical Engineer for Allen & Shariff Corporation at Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
GIS Data Analyst for CostQuest Associates, Inc. at Cincinnati, Ohio
Product Manager for CHA Consulting, Inc. at Boston, Massachusetts
Geospatial Analyst/Programmer for LANDIQ at Sacramento, California
Upcoming Events
Live SOLIDWORKS Event Hosted by Converge at 2482 Patterson Rd Unit 2 Grand Junction CO - May 22, 2018
ESPRIT World 2018 at Indianapolis Marriott Downtown 350 West Maryland Street Indianapolis IN - Jun 11 - 15, 2018
HxGN LIVE 2018 at The Venetian Las Vegas NV - Jun 12 - 15, 2018
IMTS2018 International Manufacturing Tech Show at McCormick Place Chicago IL - Sep 10 - 15, 2018
Kenesto: 30 day trial

Internet Business Systems © 2018 Internet Business Systems, Inc.
25 North 14th Steet, Suite 710, San Jose, CA 95112
+1 (408) 882-6554 — Contact Us, or visit our other sites:
AECCafe - Architectural Design and Engineering EDACafe - Electronic Design Automation GISCafe - Geographical Information Services TechJobsCafe - Technical Jobs and Resumes ShareCG - Share Computer Graphic (CG) Animation, 3D Art and 3D Models
  Privacy PolicyAdvertise