I find CAD/CAM dentistry fascinating……was not aware of E4D, talk about being out of the loop, so I did a little digging…….www.E4D.com
The E4D Dentist CAD CAM system empowers the dental practice to scan, design, and mill beautiful restorations right in the office. In busy practices where more flexibility or higher production is required, adding E4D Studio enables the practice to scan chairside with the cart and send the case over the Internet to the E4D Studio where it can be designed and milled, freeing up the cart to scan another patient. When laboratory involvement is required or requested, for example with multiple unit cases, two appointment cases or simply for additional assistance, laboratories with E4D Labworks™ offer unparalleled assistance. Using the E4D Sky Network, with the click of a button the entire case (whether just scanned or completely designed) can be sent from chairside to the laboratory, authorizing the E4D Laboratory to design, mill and characterize the restorations as requested via online prescription. Offices without the digital impression capabilities of E4D Dentist System can still send models or impressions to an E4D Laboratory and receive the same high level of care and accuracy.
….After years of advance publicity, Dallas company D4D Technologies launched its E4D CAD/CAM system in the first-ever direct challenge to Sirona Dental Systems‘ Cerec system. The newcomer, while slightly more expensive, offers innovations aimed at tempting dentists away from the more established competitor. Most notably, dentists using E4D won’t need to dust their patients’ teeth with titanium powder before making the images needed to design restorations. But analysts say the newcomer isn’t likely to hurt Cerec — at least in the short term. “Its commercial availability will stimulate adoption of chairside CAD/CAM technology in the U.S.,” wrote Jon Wood, a stock analyst from Bank of America. He and other observers say that the availability of the new system will prod buyers to finally get out their wallets. Many have been waiting to make a purchase until they could compare the two machines. Currently only about 8% of dentists use CAD/CAM in their offices. And when DrBicuspid.com caught up with Sirona Marketing Coordinator Gabe Foster at the California Dental Association spring meeting, he said his company welcomes the rival. “We think that competition is great for the market,” he said. “It pushes us to make sure our product is as good as it can be.”