Jan 05-2010

Our university research department has been using the Optix 3D Scanner from 3D Digital Corp. extensively with fine results since 2004. We are particularly pleased with its long-term reliability and consistent performance.

When we initially purchased the Optix 3D we evaluated it versus units by Minolta and Scantron. We found the versatility and scan area of the Optix to be superior and chose it for our work. An engineer from 3D Digital traveled to Liverpool to demonstrate the scanner and give us detailed instructions on its use.

From that starting point, we were able to become proficient in 3D scanning with the Optix and train our PhD candidates in how to use it in their research. The students must be able to produce precise data and readily share it with colleagues. Often they are scanning dental study casts, looking for subtle anomalies in the dentition and overall morphology. They become familiar with the Optix scanner in short order and are able to capture their data, align and merge and come up with a tidy scan.

At certain times of the year our Optix scanner is used 8 to 10 or even 12 hours a day. Even under heavy use, it’s proven itself to function well. There have been no reliability issues at all with the software and the hardware.

Very often we partner with outside teams that are also using the 3D Digital scanning technology, which contributes to efficiency. However, while we regularly collaborate, we also compete. Time is of the essence in getting the research out. Having a scanner unit that functions without problems over the long term has allowed the work to stay on schedule.

Because of the varied demands of ongoing medical research, we look for technology that is not necessarily the simplest but rather the most adaptable over the long term. The more “fiddly” and versatile a system is, the better, for our purposes.

Over time we have settled on certain setup procedures that we have optimized. The software and hardware are sufficiently versatile that we’ve been able to adapt them to different projects and still retain the necessary attributes.

As our funding for equipment is fairly limited, we must also consider the affordability factor.  Based on our many years of uninterrupted use of the Optix 3D scanner, we feel we spent our money well to acquire it.

Dept of Clinical Dental Sciences

University of Liverpool, UK