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Straumann and 3Shape have agreed on a new business plan. (Photograph: Prof foto 101/Shutterstock)
0 Comments Mar 14, 2017 | Business Europe

Straumann partners with 3Shape

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BASEL, Switzerland: Straumann has signed two distribution agreements to supply 3Shape dental scanners and Rapid Shape 3-D printers to dental practices and laboratories around the world as part of the company’s validated digital workflow for tooth replacement. The Straumann Group will be presenting both systems at the International Dental Show, the world’s largest dental trade exhibition, which opens on 21 March in Cologne in Germany.

3Shape’s TRIOS 3 range of intra-oral scanners offers accurate, ultra-fast, powderless scanning. The combination with Straumann’s compact milling machine, which is made by Amann Girrbach, enables the group to offer a top-quality chairside solution for producing dental prostheses in the practice, the company stated in a press release.

Rapid Shape 3-D printers enable dental laboratories to produce temporary prosthetic restorations, models and drilling templates with certified precision for guided surgery, in a very quick and efficient way. Further applications, including partial frameworks, bite splints and orthodontic models can also be produced with the technology. The compact, reliable printers are simple and intuitive to operate and can print drilling templates or temporaries in approximately 16 minutes. Another key advantage, according to the manufacturer, is its open-system approach, which allows customers to choose from a wide variety of certified materials from various suppliers. Straumann will sell the 3-D printers under its own brand, seamlessly integrating them as part of its CARES Digital Solutions.

Marco Gadola, CEO of the Straumann Group, commented: “We offer an exciting portfolio of integrated solutions, including leading chairside and lab-based scanning and milling technology, 3-D in-lab printing and central milling—all combined with interconnected software platforms, validated workflows, and materials, including our own new glass ceramic ‘n!ce’. All of this together with service support, implants and biomaterials is now conveniently available from a single source.”

Both distribution agreements are non-exclusive, and the agreement with Rapid Shape applies worldwide, while the agreement with 3Shape covers Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Germany, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Switzerland and the UK. Other countries are expected to follow. The Straumann Group already began selling TRIOS 3 at the Congresso Internacional de Odontologia de São Paulo trade show in Brazil earlier this year.

3Shape’s products complement Straumann’s current range of scanners and software solutions, which are developed and co-marketed by the group’s global partner, Dental Wings. They offer dental professionals an open platform with connectivity and a seamless, validated workflow, from planning the surgery to producing the final restoration. Straumann holds a majority stake in Dental Wings and is firmly committed to continuing the success of their long-standing partnership.

Collaborating with 3Shape enables the group to offer more choices and price options to the dental industry. Furthermore, the combination of TRIOS 3 with Straumann’s milling solutions offers an extremely competitive and attractive alternative to the laboratory and chairside solutions currently on the market.

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