Inside Dental Technology
June 2013, Volume 4, Issue 6
Published by AEGIS Communications
The Roland DWX-50 Dental Milling Machine
A digital, cost-effective solution for laboratories of all sizes
Dental laboratories seeking to expand their business may not be aware of the many benefits of using digital dental technology to produce precision dental prosthetics. With the introduction of Roland’s DWX-50 dental milling machine, laboratory technicians can now implement a digital workflow for milling copings, crowns, bridges, and full abutments from materials such as zirconia, wax, and PMMA. This technology allows laboratories of all sizes to bring digital technology in-house to eliminate the time and costs associated with outsourcing.
Purposely built for dental applications, the DWX-50 dental milling machine is designed to streamline production and automate the milling process from start to finish. Its small footprint and efficient work area are sized specifically for dental applications. An automatic calibration routine takes the guesswork out of machine operation and ensures precise results from the operator. The magnetic chuck holds tools in place, and a built-in LED light bar illuminates the work area for the operator. With the DWX-50, very little maintenance is required, and a vacuum hose is conveniently front-mounted for easy cleaning.
Open Architecture Design
Built on open architecture, Roland’s DWX-50 integrates within an existing digital production workflow, with support for a wide range of commercially available 3D scanners, ovens, and CAD/CAM software. The DWX-50 also works with a variety of industry standard puck and block materials.
Five-Axis Simultaneous Machining
With a maximum operating speed of 3,600 mm per minute and a maximum spindle speed of 30,000 rpm, the DWX-50 is able to mill materials quickly and precisely. Five-axis simultaneous machining mills on X, Y, and Z axes, and rotates the blocks and discs of material 360 degrees in both clockwise and counterclockwise movements. It also allows materials to be tilted forward and backward 20 degrees to support complex cuts. A 5-station automatic tool changer with a tool length sensor enables the user to run multiple tools for one job, or to run an entire disc unattended. An integrated diagnostic system alerts the operator of any production errors, sending messages to a remote computer or smart phone. The tool-length sensor also ensures proper tool placement in the magazine, preventing any mechanical errors.
Unlike mills offering 3+1 or 4+1 axis milling, the DWX-50 automatically positions the work piece in real time in all five axes. A Virtual Machine Panel (VPanel) allows the user to automatically start the milling process or manually reposition the tools, clamp or quickly set origin points, all from a computer desktop. The VPanel is also equipped with an easily accessible hour meter to keep track of overall machine time for maintenance purposes. With its multicast capabilities, laboratories can connect up to four machines to one computer. This feature reduces costs by allowing laboratories to control the entire production environment with a single software seat.
The DWX-50 is equipped with an integrated air blower system that aids in milling difficult to machine materials, such as PMMA and zirconia. Its built-in dust collection tray can be connected to any laboratory vacuum system.
To use the ROI calculator to determine how much money you can save, or to find out more about how dental laboratories are using the DWX-50 to increase their productivity and profitability, please check out www.rolanddga.com/dental for video testimonials by Shaun Keating, CEO of Keating Dental Arts, and Brian Doviak, CIO of Continental Dental Laboratories.
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