Roland DG Introduces the DWX-4, the World’s Smallest Dental Milling Machine

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Updated: October 2, 2013

Hamamatsu, Japan, October 2, 2013 – Roland DG Corporation, a leading worldwide provider of 3D engraving and milling technologies, is expanding its DWX series of dental milling machines with a new model, the DWX-4. At a highly affordable price point, the DWX-4 provides the dental industry with highly precise milling capabilities, exceptional ease of use and a compact, desktop footprint.

“Recently, the art of dentistry has been revolutionized by the introduction of advanced scanners, CAD/CAM software and CNC milling machines, which together automate and expedite the production of precision custom dental prosthetics,” said Takuro Hosome, Roland DG medical business sales manager. “These systems have been adopted primarily by large dental laboratories that have the expertise and the space to operate them. The DWX-4 opens up this technology to small and mid-sized labs by providing an affordable, easy-to-use production platform that delivers the same high-precision milling technology as conventional models, but at half the size.”

The DWX-4 is designed so that even first-time users of a digital milling machine can easily create precision prosthetics. The workflow is simple. After installing the material and milling tools in the machine, lab technicians use Roland’s Virtual Machine Panel (VPanel), intuitive software that allows users to configure settings from their computer. Then, VPanel automatically sends CAM data to the DWX-4 to begin production.

With a four-axis configuration that includes three XYZ axes and a rotary axis, the DWX-4 features an automatic tool changer (ATC) that changes milling tools as needed without interrupting the production process. Prosthetic parts such as crowns and bridges can be produced using standard block and pin-type dental materials, including zirconia, PMMA and wax.

The DWX-4 is equipped with several features that ensure easy, flawless performance, including a status light that displays the progress of each job, and a tool-life management system that monitors tool usage and automatically notifies the user when a tool replacement is needed. An air blower*1 prevents dust from building up in the milling area, and a negative ion generator*2 virtually eliminates dust buildup for a clean milling area. The DWX-4 also sends users an e-mail notification of any errors, or when a job is completed.

*1 In order to activate the air blower function, the DWX-4 requires an external air compressor.
*2 A negative ion generator neutralizes the static electricity generated when milling PMMA.

Roland DWX-4 Features:
Four-axis dental milling machine for easy, precise, on-demand production of crowns and bridges
Compact size of 340 x 365 x 405 mm (13.39 x 14.37 x 15.94 in.) fits into small lab environments
Mills standard block and pin-type materials, including zirconia, PMMA and wax
Easy operation with one-button touch panel
Roland Virtual Machine Panel (VPanel) manages diagnostics, calibration and milling processes, directly from a computer
An automatic tool changer (ATC) supports two tools for precision milling from start to finish
Status LED light displays the progress of each job
Integrated air blower keeps milling area clean
Negative ion generator prevents excessive dust buildup when milling PMMA
Open architecture allows the DWX-4 to work with the latest materials and CAD/CAM software
Up to four Roland dental milling machines can be controlled from a single PC

Roland DG Corporation

Roland DG Corporation is a leading worldwide manufacturer of inkjet devices, milling and engraving machines, vinyl cutters, 3D scanners, jewelry wax model makers and photo impact printers. Roland pioneered the development of Print&Cut technology and today is the number one brand of inkjet devices with more than 130,000* sold worldwide. In addition, the company recently entered the healthcare market with milling machines designed specifically for creating high-quality dental prosthetics, including copings, crowns, full bridges and abutments. Roland DG has also brought to market an entirely new concept in 3D milling, the iModela mini 3D mill, which targets individuals in the growing hobby and craft markets. The company uses its proprietary production technology to manufacture products that are distributed worldwide. Roland products help businesses transform imagination into reality by adding value to creative processes.

* The total number of inkjet devices shipped from the company as of March 31, 2013.

DWX-4 will be showcased at the following events worldwide in 2013

10/4 – 5 CAPP ASIA Singapore (http://capp-asia.com/)
10/4 – 6 World Dental Show Mumbai, India (http://www.wds.org.in/)
10/11 – 12 Fachdental Südwest Stuttgart, Germany (http://www.messe-stuttgart.de/fachdental)
10/11 – 12 ADIA QLD Dental Show Brisbane, Australia (http://www.adia.org.au/qds)
10/11 – 13 APDESP Dental Congresso São Paulo, Brazil (http://www.apdesp.org.br/site/default.asp)
10/17 – 19 EXPODENTAL Milan, Italy (http://www.expodental.it/?l=en)
10/17 – 19 BDTA Dental Showcase Birmingham, U.K. (http://www.dentalshowcase.com/)
10/18 – 19 NZIDT Wellington, New Zealand (http://www.nzidt.org.nz/conferences/conference-2013/)
10/19 ID Sud Dental Infotage Munich, Germany (http://www.iddeutschland.de/)
10/23 – 26 DenTech China Shanghai, China (http://www.dentech.com.cn/index.php?lang=en)
10/25 Digital Dental News Kongress Cologne, Germany (http://www.ddn-online.net/kongresse/)
10/25 – 26 Colloquium Dental Brescia, Italy (http://www.colloquium-dental.com/)
10/29 – 31 IMP BIS Bangkok Bangkok, Thailand
11/7 – 10 Eastern Conference of Dental Labs Concord, NC U.S.A. (http://www.eastern-conference.com/)
11/8 – 9 ID Mitte Dental Infotage Frankfurt, Germany (http://www.iddeutschland.de/)
11/15 – 17 DLOAC CAD/CAM Symposium & Expo Garden Grove, CA U.S.A. (http://www.dloac.org/cadcamexpo)
11/15 – 17 IDEA Jakarta, Indonesia
11/21 – 22 AIOP Bologna, Italy (http://www.aiop.com/eventi/7-xxxii_congresso_internazionale_aiop/)
11/21 – 23 OMD Lisbon, Portugal
12/1 – 4 Greater NY Dental Meeting New York, NY U.S.A. (http://www.gnydm.com/)
Roland DG Corporation (TSE symbol 6789) – First Section, Tokyo Stock Exchange
Website: www.rolanddg.com
Phone: +81 (0)53-484-1201
Fax: +81 (0)53-484-1216

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