World premieres and many innovations at IDS 100 year anniversary
exocad, an Align Technology, Inc. company and a leading dental CAD/CAM software provider, announced multiple new products and service offerings, two limited-time software discounts, and a full spectrum of live education opportunities for attendees at the International Dental Show (IDS) 2023. With 11 demo stations and hourly live smile design sessions, exocad invited attendees to “Imagine the CADabilities” and discover its many software solutions for labs and clinics at the company’s newly branded booth in Koelnmesse’s hall 1. exocad’s Smile Creator Experience, the step-by-step live demo on how to use Smile Creator, took center stage as visitors stopped by to see the smile design process in person and ask the team of experts questions.
“This is a special year as the dental industry celebrates 100 years of IDS, and it’s a special year for exocad,” said Tillmann Steinbrecher, CEO of exocad. “We took the opportunity IDS provided to connect with our global community and to launch several new products, promotions and service opportunities to streamline workflows and improve outcomes.”
New products and services
At IDS, exocad introduced the final three releases of its 3.1 Rijeka software series: exoplan 3.1 Rijeka, for prosthetic-driven implant planning and surgical guide design, ChairsideCAD 3.1 Rijeka, for single-visit dentistry, and PartialCAD 3.1 Rijeka, for partial framework design.
The new software solutions include all the hallmarks of exocad software – stability, robustness, ease of use and an open architecture that allows seamless workflows and smooth integrations with users’ hardware of choice.
New AI-enhanced visualization for patient acceptance
Attendees showed great interest in the presentation of two upcoming, highly innovative software solutions for patient acceptance: TruSmile Video and a 3D face scan app. Both products were shown to the public for the first time at IDS as a sneak preview of the future of smile design.
With TruSmile Video, a new anterior tooth design is presented in a short video that shows the face of a patient who is speaking and smiling. From this video and the Smile Creator design, AI technology generates a realistic video to help increase patient understanding of potential treatment outcomes. Visitors were captivated by the realism of the AI patient videos and the new possibilities they offer.
The newly developed 3D face scan app enables realistic 3D scans of patients’ faces via a mobile phone camera, without any additional hardware. The camera is used to scan each patient's face in the app, and the AI-based software calculates a detailed 3D model, which is then loaded into the Smile Creator software. This makes 3D face scanning an affordable and accessible alternative to using photos for smile design.
Strategic partners and special offers
To support labs looking to outsource overflow work and expand service offerings, exocad announced third-party design services enabled through its dentalshare platform. exocad software users can outsource design requests and receive the completed case designs while staying within exocad’s dentalshare platform. exocad has initially partnered with the Vancouver-based dental technology company Evident to offer this service and plans to add further design service providers in the future.
exocad offered IDS attendees the chance to test many of the new DentalCAD 3.1 Rijeka modules and features like the new FullDenture IV add-on module available through Ivoclar. With FullDenture IV users can design dentures for Ivoclar’s Ivotion Denture System, providing a complete workflow for the digital production of high-quality, removable dentures. exocad also recently launched InCAD intraoral camera support for DentalCAD with iTero NIRI (near-infrared imaging) technology now visible within exocad design software. This enables technicians to see the internal and external tooth structures for better restoration designs. DentalCAD 3.1 Rijeka users now can also purchase the xSNAP Module to create models with printable articulators. The 3D articulator through xSNAP is easily attached to the model in DentalCAD and produced with the model in users’ 3D printer of choice.
exocad rolled out two, limited-time special offers at IDS, the ULTIMATE XXL and Software Swap, both available March 1–April 30, 2023. The ULTIMATE XXL offer allows users who purchase a new DentalCAD Ultimate Bundle to receive three complimentary exoplan core licenses for one year. With this offer, for example, a lab can retain one exoplan license for its own use and give the other two licenses to clinical customers of its choice to motivate them to dive into guided surgery. The second offer, Software Swap, provides a discount on a new exocad DentalCAD Ultimate Bundle license to customers who trade in their current, non-exocad CAD licenses.
Connection, scavenger hunt and social outreach at IDS
Visitors to exocad’s booth at IDS had the opportunity to connect with exocad’s own experts, as well as dental thought leaders Dr. Gulshan Murgai and Dr. Guilherme Saavedra, who presented exocad’s software solutions. Attendees took part in a scavenger hunt to visit the booths and demos of exocad’s resellers and received special prizes. Attendees could also buy T-Shirts with a special “Viva Colonia!” design, exocad’s limited edition IDS T-Shirt, available for sale only at IDS 2023 in Cologne. The company said all proceeds will be donated to Mini Molars Cambodia e.V., a Hamburg-based nonprofit organization dedicated to providing dental care for children in need in Phnom Penh.
Additional information is available at exocad.com/IDS
exocad names its releases after EU “European Capitals of Culture” and selected the Croatian city of Rijeka for this release cycle.