Medical treatments are increasingly tailored to customers’ needs and wishes and aimed at shortening waiting and treatment periods. In dentistry, this trend will offer possibilities for dentists to mill custom-made prostheses and crowns for their customers in (or near) their own practice within a short period of time. At this moment, however, it is not yet possible to achieve sufficient accuracy to make the prostheses and crowns immediately usable. A finishing step (polishing) is still necessary, which requires extra time and commitment from third parties. High-quality measuring technology will be necessary to realize and guarantee sufficient accuracy that does not require an extra polishing step.
For this project IBS develops an innovative new measuring system: the miniature Rotary Inspector. Its big brother has made it possible to automatically measure the accuracy of a 5-axis machine in a short period of time. The small-format system will be ideal for dentistry.
IBS sees opportunities in other markets as well. Specifically, for the next generation of jet engines, IBS has been asked to develop a measurement technique for integration into an additive manufacturing process that is used to produce complex composite parts for aviation.