Written by Dentistry Today Tuesday, 22 March 2011 15:11
International Dental Show, three companies, Dental Wings, 3M ESPE and Straumann
today announced that they are joining forces to create an open global standard
software platform for use across a range of dental applications. The initiative is
expected to offer enhanced flexibility, simplicity, and convenience for users, while
saving time, costs and investment risk. The need for standardization in digital dentistry
is acute as the number of different systems and software platforms has risen
considerably, adding complexity and confusion for dentists and dental laboratories.
Standardized software is expected to be a main driver of the digital market.
To advance industry standardization, 3M ESPE and Straumann have agreed to adopt
Dental Wings' software platform DWOS as the core operating software in their
CADCAM solutions. The combined resources of several partners can be expected to
achieve significantly more than those of a stand-alone provider. This initiative thus has
excellent prospects for establishing the leading software platform in the field.
Thanks to its focused specialist team, Dental Wings has established itself as a leading
developer of dental software. 3M ESPE and Straumann add strong expertise and
leadership in their fields including digital solutions. The combination of resources will
accelerate the development of DWOS into a best-in-class, preferred system. Both 3M
ESPE and Straumann will continue to build their own specific applications on top of the
core software adding value for their customers. Other companies are encouraged to
join the collaboration and to contribute to shaping the platform's future. Straumann, 3M
and Dental Wings all support the initiative to extend the Dicom standard1 to the
prosthetics value chain.