What started with a "hands-on" mentality of dental technicians racking their own brains and has developed into a think-tank over the years was professionalized in March 2020 with the establishment of its own research and development department. Today it consists of several employees - with different professional competences and many years of development experience in the field of dental technology as well as additive and subtractive manufacturing technology. The know-how in the field of research and development is rounded off by comprehensive knowledge of environmental and process engineering.
In addition to the existing team, project-related dental technician colleagues or programmers from our in-house IT department are involved in development processes.
We are proud of our role as a driver of innovation in the dental industry and we enjoy working on new concepts, manufacturing processes and products, which is why our R&D department will continue to grow and be expanded with various competencies.
Even in heterogeneous teams, so-called operational blindness sets in over the years. That is the reason why companies need “glasses”. In order to counteract this, to open our eyes and always keep up-to-date, we work together with various faculties of the Augsburg University of Applied Sciences and the Aalen University of Applied Sciences in the area of research and development. We are also in close contact with other colleges, universities and other institutes and regularly award bachelor and master theses.
As you can imagine, describing an R&D process is almost impossible. No two projects are the same and most projects are open-ended.
Especially in research, individual activities and their scope depend on previous or resulting findings. Smaller development projects arise from industry-independent problems, potential for improvement or from a specific demand.
Since CADdent originated from the dental laboratory Rager and is still very closely connected with it today, problems, for example, are handed over directly from the dental laboratory Rager to CADdent's R&D department, and solutions are designed, developed and tested in the interest of dental laboratories.
At the moment, various major projects are being managed in our think-tank, including 3D ceramic printing, on which we recently reported. At the same time, several smaller projects and product developments are being worked on. For example, our experts are developing a holding system in order to be able to rework, in addition to our partial framework (RPD), also crowns and bridges made using LaserMelting with the DLyte polishing machine.
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