WorkNC Dental provides many competitive benefits making it the best choice for your dental milling applications. These benefits apply to not only soft material milling but also milling of metals and ceramics. Our world class development staff continues to develop new functions and algorithms to constantly improve the milling process and provide innovation for the dental industry.
WorkNC is world renowned for its reliability and ease of use in areas like aerospace, automotive, consumer products, medical and more. That same reliability, being used to program milling machines often costing over a million dollars, is used at the core of WorkNC Dental.
WorkNC Dental took dental machining, and turned it into a simple to use interface of step by step buttons, without the need to input complex CAM information. With WorkNC Dental, anyone can program dental prosthesis without any CAM experience, on the first day.
WorkNC Dental contains functionality for collision checking the calculated cutter paths with the Dental CAD geometry of the milling machine and collars or clamping system. This allows for the ultimate in safety and reliability.
WorkNC Dental strives to automate regular tasks, such as part nesting. Automatic nesting can nest parts in seconds, and is done in a way to minimize unused or uncut material. Combined with WorkNC Dental’s easy part to part supports, you will be able to place more parts in your disk of material, allowing for the lowest material costs per piece.
To optimize milling operations, and extend tool life, WorkNC Dental can finish with larger tools, and use smaller tools, only where absolutely necessary, such as in the fine detail of a full contour. This allows for faster milling speeds, finer finishes and a longer tool life.
WorkNC Dental can machine a portion of the attach pins, reducing the amount of hand work required. Additionally, WorkNC Dental supports the creation and use of sintering supports, for large or complete restorations.
Engraving is often used for color codes or customer information. WorkNC Dental has an easy to use engraving option that can work on the inside or top of the restorations.
WorkNC dental offers three main versions of WorkNC Dental. These versions are highly customizable depending on the capabilities of the machine tool and type of work to be done in the labs or milling centers.
These versions allow you to use optimized milling template packages for each inpidual type of prosthetic, material and machine tool.
WorkNC Dental’s Implant Module is the most automated and versatile application for milling every kind of implant based prosthetics. This module provides access to a standard or your own customized library of generic implant connection feature based templates. The implant manager, implant designer and implant linker enable the creation of customized templates, geometry and implant milling processes.
Advanced options are available for all WorkNC Dental versions which allow on the fly modification of milling parameters as well as templates modification. The template creation module allows experts to use the full WorkNC interface to create their milling strategies and templates.
WorkNC Dental Labs 4X: The highly automatic and quality entry level version with an incredible price/performance ratio. This version includes a complete and optimized range of high-end milling 4-Axis templates and powerful automated preparation functions for both soft and hard materials.
WorkNC Dental Advanced 3+2 – Positional 5X: The intermediate version between the 4 and 5-Axis versions which allows High end Automatic 3+2 machining and automatic remachining of leftover material in just few mouse clicks.
WorkNC Dental Xpert 5-Axis: The high end version for mills capable of simultaneous 5-Axis machining. This version includes every function of the previous versions, but can rotate the tool angle while simultaneously milling. This version is required for using the WorkNC Dental Implant Module.
Implant Module: An innovative optional module for full automation of the implant based prosthetics, So easy, it can be used by non-experienced dental technicians for milling custom abutments, bars, and bridges.
WorkNC Dental allows you to manage the largest range of dental applications from traditional dentistry to high end implant prosthetics milling.
WorkNC Dental incorporates features dedicated to the various types of prostheses, and optimizes production time on all machine tools, focusing on quality and precision machining.
Challenges to dental machining are different for each type of prostheses based on materials and shapes. WorkNC Dental responds perfectly to this challenge using its wide range of high end 3 to 5 axis toolpaths.
WorkNC Dental perfectly balances quality and the machining time ratio to offer the most advanced machining solution, allowing a quick return on investment.
WorkNC Dental enables to mill all the Dental certified materials used by the Dental Industry. WorkNC Dental gives you a maximum of flexibility and allows using all the new innovative materials right away with no restrictions.
WorkNC Dental is the dental CAM leader for machining your metal prostheses, whether made from Cobalt Chrome or Titanium. Special optimization features for milling metals provide the most effective solution in the field.
WorkNC Dental has developed an exclusive milling process for machining all glass ceramic materials which provides an extremely fast grinding process using traditional machine tools and a single spindle.
Anatomical crowns cane be milled in only 12 to 20 minutes with a perfect result.
The achievement of machining inlay or facets is just as fast and allows machining of parts that contain a previously unthinkable thickness.
WorkNC Dental enables you to run a large range of specific dental processes, on all kinds of materials, on any type of machine tool.
The disc (plate, custom shape …) process is the most common way to mill parts in the dental world. WorkNC Dental has developed very strong intelligent yet automatic algorithms to maximize flexibility and rapidity of the preparation and milling process.
Benefits: Partial stock management, height analysis and optimization, automatic multi insertion, automatic nesting, automatic fixture pin insertion.
The Bar process allows you to mill caps, crowns, bridges, abutments and implant bridges from a bar stock.
This process is easy to use and drastically reduces the preparation time. Only a few clicks are required until you can launch the milling calculation.
At all steps of the preparation process, WorkNC Dental automatically offers an intelligent choice which you can accept, or modify it for your own preferences. Automated intelligent choices start from the template allocation and go to the automatic fixture pin generation.
WorkNC Dental also enables you to mill long bridges using the leading and exclusive bar-slicing function. This functionality allows for high rigidity of the prosthetics in the bar during the milling process.
Advantages: Easy to use CAM preparation, quick CAM preparation, lower material usage, extend tool life, reduced machining time, lightning fast calculation times, even for Cobalt Chrome.
WorkNC Dental can manage single blocks of all kind of materials and enjoy the benefits and advantages of the bar milling process.
WorkNC Dental also offers an innovative grinding template utilizing one or two burrs for glass ceramic materials. Utilizing these innovative templates allows for reduced milling times with high quality finishes.
WorkNC Dental provides a wide range of templates using high end continuous 5-Axis for automatic milling of the undercuts. The preparation function allows managing jaw models and removable stumps, with or without articulator fixing system.
This feature based milling capability enables the use of optimized templates for the specific geometries of the various fixing systems, shapes and blanks.
WorkNC Dental utilizes a dedicated toolset, which produces the best machining time.
WorkNC Dental Undercut toolpath allows you to use a lollypop cutter for removing undercuts on a 4-Axis machine tool providing an unbeatable price/performance ratio.
The leading dental CAD solutions now offer modules for digitally designing complete full dentures which can be easily milled using WorkNC Dental.
All components of the full denture can be managed in different projects within WorkNC Dental. The full denture may be using a setting of PMMA or any other kind of resin, or the teeth may be milled from a nano composite block.
WorkNC Dental brings high quality and reduced machining time for the removable partial framework milling. Optimized templates for PMMA/wax or Titanium have been developed. The framework milling in WorkNC Dental is used booth for soft and Hard materials.
WorkNC Dental enables you to mill the frameworks in titanium in just a few clicks with, or without metadata information from the dental CAD program.
WorkNC finishing toolpath in 3 and 5-axis allow you to remove all the undercuts area automatically, ensuring a very high surface quality, and reducing or eliminating hand work.
WorkNC Dental is specialized for implant prosthetics with is leading "implant module". The implant module enables you to mill all kinds of implant prosthetics from direct implants to preforms or Ti base components.
The implant manager is using an implant library with generic connection types and associated templates for all kinds of materials and machines.
WorkNC Dental enables you to use the generic implant connection geometry from the library for milling any type of implant based geometry (Scanbodies, Ti-based, abutments, ...).
Custom Abutments : WorkNC Dental allows you to mill the abutments and custom abutments from bar or disc process in Titanium, Cobalt Chrome or all type of soft materials. The Generic implant type connection with a non-rotational shape have been validated in all materials with a high level of quality.
Direct milling of a custom abutment requires accurate and stable machines to obtain a high level of accuracy between 5 to 20 Microns. The implant template requires a set of tools which have been defined for all of the kinds of connections.The template uses the most advanced strategies for drilling, threading and finishing the implant connection type.
WorkNC Dental provides a wide range of recognition functions for the best implant position and orientation. WorkNC Dental implant templates allow you to mill any shape or anatomy.
WorkNC Dental also supports all of the different advanced clamping systems utilized for all different types of blank.
WorkNC Dental allows you to mill all kinds of preform parts using single or multi-position clamping systems.
The pre-milled templates have been optimized to offer the best machining time. Usually requiring only 8 to 15 minutes to finish the part with high a surface quality.
WorkNC Dental supports many brands of premilled systems ( NT Trading, Elos, symbiosis, Medentika, Alkom Digital, etc) and is fully compatible with the dental CADlibraries.
The guide can be milled in all the various material available on the market and benefits from the industry leading functions of of WorkNC Dental.
WorkNC Dental is a full "open Dental CAM" Solution.
WorkNC Dental is fully compatible with the major Dental CAD solutions. WorkNC Dental can use any STL file and also native files from closed dental CAD systems. WorkNC Dental development has strongly focused on the STL and native reader to enable automatic use of the Metadata’s file (XML, Description Info, …) from the main CAD system, or it can re-create this information automatically from the STL geometry. WorkNC Dental contains strong and powerful algorithms to re-construct the STL data if required, including information for accurate milling and implant positioning.
WorkNC Dental offers dental native readers for the customers with an active maintenance contract.
WorkNC Dental is compatible with all major dental CAD systems on the market, including:
Dentalwings®, 3 Shape®, Exocad®, Smart Optics®, Sirona®, Lava 3M®, EGS®, Cercon®, Procera®
WorkNC Dental is able to use files from the dental scanner and provides advanced functions for managing, cleaning and optimizing the STL data. This allows significant machine time savings. From specialized Scanners or CMM machines, WorKNC Dental is able to recover accurate positioning information directly from the hardware, keeping the accuracy during all the manufacturing process. Scripting functions give WorkNC Dental flexibility in customization.
WorkNC Dental has developed optimization tools to utilize the mesh model directly from intra oral cameras.
WorkNC Dental is compatible all major scanners and IO camera systems on the market, including:
3 Shape®, Dentalwings®, Smart Optics®, Sirona®, IMETRIC®, ZirLava 3M®, EGS®, Shining 3D®, Cynovad®, Cercon®, Procera®
WorkNC Dental has a set of comprehensive, automated and interactive features that guide users quickly and smoothly through the job preparation and machining process. Automated set-up features with interactive material and process optimization.
Preparation steps are easily identified with WorkNC Dental’s navigation and progression icons. Users easily identify set-up steps and where they are in the process and quickly navigate from one stage to another.
A friendly panel is available for selecting the stock model. Filter functions enable quick selection of the correct stock in a few clicks. Any kind of stock model can be created on the fly for all types of materials and all shapes (Cuboid, Disc, Cylindrical, Plate).
All partial stocks are automatically stored in the stock manager and each step of the stock model can be edited, or deleted.
Instant selection and definition of pre-defined machine configurations. WorkNC Dental is an open system able to pilot all types of milling machine NC controllers. Machine selection automatically defines all associated parameters (postprocessor, machine axis system, limits on materials to be machined,).
During import a live analysis of prosthetics allows users to identify the parts that cannot be machined in the selected blank. Several options are available in the import step to merge models, import additional metadata files (margin line, implant position ,etc). A preview function for the selected STL files allows direct part analysis (including three types of bounding box information and dimensions, minimum bounding boxes).
Reconstruction import in STL or native dental CAD formats can be carried out in single or multiple modes by simply selecting a list of files or a complete folder. With automatic nesting the user does not have to perform tedious, error-prone manual tasks.
WorkNC Dental allows the reading of native dental CAD files using the part pre-visualition options. Users can just select the part they need to import.
Milling templates are automatically allocated based on the type of imported geometry. Projects can support several machining templates which saves a great deal of time during the preparation stage and the milling process (tool change optimization).
Whatever the origin of the prosthetic elements, WorkNC Dental will use its powerful algorithms to automatically detect and generate cervical limits. The editor in this easy to use feature allows automatic selection or modification of the suggested margin line.
A new automatic function in WorkNC Dental enables the cavity recognition which ensures faultless detection of concurrent or perging insertion axes offering fully automatic machining on 3+2 or 5-axis positioned machines.The preparation times are significantly reduced for an automatic machining of the pergent cavity.
This module allows users to adjust element orientation to the optimal position for machining. The software’s undercut area visualization enables users to quickly achieve optimal positioning to reduce undercut areas. This module also allows optimized element positioning to be modified and optimized with respect to the dimensions of the machining blank.
Automatic part orientation, according the cavity detection or normal point click. Smart view of the orientation display. The Z position edition allows an accurate positioning of the part based on stock model gradient.
A fully automatic function allows you to automatically add a customized sintering support on large zirconia bridges. The size of the sintering support can be set according the original volume of the prosthetics. An interactive function allows you to define a custom shape for the support.
A nesting edition module allows optimal preparation of elements for machining You can utilize both automatic nesting optimization and interactive part positioning. The automatic nesting can be set to add ribs on the stock model to increase the rigidity of the machining.
Elements can be very easily nested by mouse "drag & drop" operations to optimize use of material. The proximity management feature provides interactive dimensional feedback instantaneously, alerting the user when an element is moved too close to another so machining integrity is maintained.
The Offset line edition allows you to automatically extend the milling areas along the select areas.
The automatic insertion of the fixture pin allows you to add all the connectors in one click. The automatic pin insertion is fully customizable according to the material to mill and reduces the need for manual modification.
The interactive insertion of the fixture enables multiple methods to create support pins by clicking the position on the part or to use the automatic pin positioning.
Toolpath generation is totally automatic and users do not need any CAM or CNC milling experience to machine dental components. WorkNC Dental includes more than 70 High End 3 to 5-axis toolpaths.
WorkNC Dental includes optimized machining sequences specifically designed for the morphology of each prosthetic reconstruction. The optimized sequences have been developed to suit the materials used in the dental industry. Hard material machining technologies are applied that efficiently and cost effectively machine materials such as, titanium, cobalt chrome, and ceramics.
WorkNC provides the highest reliability for risk free machining. Run 24 hours “lights out” and rest assured your production and investments are safe. WorkNC Dental is scalable, uses the existing library of optimized machining sequences or add sequences to the library for your specific processes, tools and applications. New machining sequences can be developed by our specialist engineers or created by your highly experienced users with the “Template Edition" module.
The Automatic cavity detection function allows to mill automatically the cavity along the pergent view with standard 3 Axis strategy or with continuous 5 Axis toolpath. The cavity milling reduced the machining time for the large pergent bridges.
Users can simultaneously machine the same material blank with different machining sequences, creating different types of elements during the same machine set-up and cycle. The result is significant productivity gains by eliminating the interruption of the set-up and machining cycle. Now you can mill copings, bridges, implants, and more at the same time without interrupting your process flow.
Pre-cut support pins using 2D or 3D strategies. The 3D mode cuts the pins flush with the tooth geometry reducing the need for hand polishing after machining.
WorkNC Dental enables automatic and interactive 3+2 re-machining using the cavity detection or direct selection of the re-machining areas. Undercuts can be milled very quickly in the selected area which reduces machining time (embrasures, extrados and intrados). It also allows safe use of shorter tools improving cutting quality and increased tool life.
WorkNC Dental uses the WorkNC calculation kernel which can machine from any direction, at any angle, with any toolpath, on any milling machine configuration, making 3+2 or 5 Axis machining a straight forward and highly versatile procedure. WorkNC brings the benefits of highly reliable 5-Axis machining to all users using a powerful integrated collision avoidance module.
WorkNC Dental is using WorkNC Auto 5 which is a truly unique and revolutionary innovation in the field of 5-Axis machining. WorkNC Auto 5 automatically generates collision free 5-Axis toolpaths from existing 3-Axis toolpaths. It enables the use of short, rigid cutters and allows more of the job to be finished in one setting.
The WorkNC undercut toolpath have been especially developed for milling automatically undercuts area on mesh model (STL) for the dental application. This High end toolpath uses an automatic detection of all the undercuts area of the parts and automatically generate a continuous 5 axis toolpath within the limitation of the tools and the machine tools kinematics. WorkNC Auto 5 allows to complety secure the toolpath using the 3D machine definition for the collision avoidance.
The Continuous 5 axis undercut toolpath is free of collision and allows to avoid any human labour for finishing the part.
With this unique toolpath WorkNC dental is able to mill automatically all the undercuts on the Crown, bridges, implant bars or bridges, custom abutments or model and implant guides.
The implant module is a new and innovative module for full automation of the implant based prosthetics. So easy, it can be used by non-experienced technicians.
The implant module is an add-on to WorkNC Dental which allows you to automatically add a Brep geometry (exact surface definition) connection on STL prosthetics from all dental CAD systems. WorkNC Dental’s implant module allows the generation of highly intelligent, reliable toolpaths without requiring any knowledge in CAM software.
The implant module includes several utilities for an optimized and automatic process:
The WorkNC Dental Implant Library Manager is a utility which allows you to manage the integrated database of implant geometry connections. WorkNC Dental Implant manager provides complete control the implant connection library. It gives complete control of the connection geometries and it also allows the creation of additional data and meta information specific for optimization of machining.
The standard library of implant connections is available in the implant module:
WorkNC Dental uses advanced algorithms for all automatic recognition functions from hole recognition to automatic connection placement. All these functions are associated with powerful interactive tools for automatic and manual and accurate positioning.
A new hybrid machining template composed of anatomy machining templates and dedicated abutment templates brings full flexibility with real time. These templates are automatically merged to provide optimized CAM programming, as if programming had been carried out manually from an experienced CAM programmer.
WorkNC Dental’s Automation module allows a “hands off” process to dental milling automation for labs which wish to run their milling machines continuously. Programs are placed into an automated queue, correct material is automatically loaded and parts are milled without intervention. WorkNC Dental’s automation module maximizes productivity per milling machine.
This standalone dental automation software solution automatically manages the NC controller of the machine tool, totally eliminating operator intervention. WorkNC Dental Automation utilizes bi-directional communication system which enables complete control of the machine tool and whole milling process.
This connection allows for automatic job loading and unloading, error reporting and includes automatic on/off capabilities.
To reduce errors and safeguard equipment, a common database between WorkNC Dental and the Dental automation module is used. This eliminates potential problems such as blank palette numbers, incorrect CAM file names, etc.
All machining processes can be automated. Whether milling caps, bridges, partials, abutments or bars they can be placed in a queue and milled from the various materials required. WorkNC Dental Automation includes the necessary components to automatically load the milling machine, whether using loaders, pallets, robots or a bar feed.
All pre- and post- machining operations can be customized to your specific hardware. WorkNC Dental Automation has an open API which ensures full compatibility with all types of controllers (Heidenheim, Siemens, Fanuc, Fast Cybelec, etc).
WorkNC Dental Automation allows operators to focus on technical aspects of their jobs by removing all the constraints associated with machine-tool management. Whatever the laboratory workflow in use, WorkNC Dental Automation ensures uninterrupted, continuous, machining.
WorkNC Dental is able to manage all types of milling machines used within the dental industry. WorkNC Dental allows you to use milling machines with all type of kinematics, running all kinds of milling processes, with high end 3, 4 and continuous 5-axis toolpaths.
Each milling machine can use different configurations of clamping or fixing system for the different processes. WorkNC Dental takes into account all of the clamping and machine geometry for the collision checking to ensure a safe production process.
WorkNC Dental is compatible with a wide range of Dental machine tools including:
360SDM®, Agie Charmilles®, Charlyrobot®, Carestream®, Datron®, Dent-Tec®, DMG®, Dyamak®, Dyamach®, ICM®, Imes/Icore®, Isel®, Kavo, Kreos®, Kutaz®, Lilian®, Lycodent®, Lyra®, Mikron®, Real Meca®, Roland®, Röders®, Safak®, Venture®, VHF®, Wieland®, Willemin, Macodel®, Wissner®, Witech®, Xiangshen®, Yena Dent®
|Processor||Quad core 2.5 GHz, (Intel® Core™ i5 )||Quad-core - 3.9 GHz, 8MB (Intel® Core™ i7)|
|Operating System||Windows 7 Pro 64-Bits (*)||Windows 7 Pro 64-Bit (*)|
|Graphics Card||500 Mb with Open/GL 3.2 compatibility (**) Nvidia® Video card recommended||2GB with Open/GL 3.2 compatibility (**) Nvidia® Quadro® video card|
|Hard Disk||500 GB disk space||500 GB SSD for the operating system + 1TB 7200 rpm for the data|
|Screen||20" Monitor minimum resolution 1280x1024||24" Monitor - Minimum resolution 1920x1200|
|RAM||8 GB||16GB 1600MHz DDR3|
|Dongle Connection||USB Port||USB Port|
|Mouse||Optical Mouse wheel||Optical Mouse wheel|
(*) From version 4, Windows XP is no more supported
(**) Normally equivalent to DirectX 11
WorkNC Dental V4.0 integrates the latest version of WorkNC V22 which offers a wide range of innovative functions ensuring increasingly efficient and reliable toolpaths. WorkNC V22 features new finishing toolpaths along with improved existing toolpaths. For example, the addition of new morphing strategies and spiral transitions finishing toolpaths allow the cutter to be permanently in contact with surfaces to ensure perfect surface finish while reducing machining times to improve productivity.
WorkNC Dental V4.0 integrates new automatic cavity recognition algorithms and ensures faultless detection of concurrent or perging insertion axes offering fully automatic machining on 3+2 or 5 axis positioned machines.
This new functionality can provide optimal use of 3+2 machines which do not have simultaneous 5-axis features. Preparation times are significantly reduced as interactive management of undercut re-machining is no longer a necessity. In addition, this new functionality offers a direct display of the various tool vectors.
WorkNC Dental enables advanced users the ability to modify toolpath parameters and make template changes on the fly, within a simple dialog box. WorkNC’s new template archiving tool make the changes easy for the user. With just a few mouse clicks, template parameters can be adjusted and customized.
WorkNC Dental V4.0 takes another step forward in the realm of automatic machining process management by taking into account, before calculations are run, the machine characteristics and kinematics.
In this way, jobs are managed in real time during the project preparation phase and users are immediately aware of feasibility issues.
WorkNC Dental Clamping editor system enables an easy configuration of the clamping system.
WorkNC Dental V4.0 includes converters for all common native dental CAD files. This new functionality allows WorkNC Dental to directly import Cerec©, Procera©, 3Shape© and Cercon© files. WorkNC Dental can also import IGES files.
An integrated graphic interface allows direct selection of elements to assemble and convert.
WorkNC Dental V4.0 offers a real and precise display of existing undercut areas on elements to be machined by also taking into account zones which are inaccessible for machining. This new functionality is particularly interesting and well adapted for analysing complex cavities.
WorkNC Dental V4.0 allows users to freely define machining extremity curves giving improved accessibility for machining strategic areas of complex prostheses.
When using the 5-axis simultaneous re-machining toolpath on undercuts, this function allows (depending on machine kinematics) re-machining angles to be increased in order to provide improved toolpath performance.
Numerous improvements have been made to the WorkNC Dental implant module; in addition to the library featuring generic connectors which are compatible with the leading brands of implants, the implant module also allows interactive 3D repositioning of prosthesis connectors.
Manual detection algorithms have also been optimized to ensure improved recognition and reconstruction of STL models.
The new implant position editor utility allows implant creation independently from the CAD and the CAD implant library the metadata files for implant position, pre-milled configuration. This powerful utility allows the part preparation to add feature based components which will enable automatic toolpath generation and easy milling.
WorkNC Dental V4.0 integrates a wide range of new features and improvements to simplify and automate use of the application: