Dental computer-aided design and manufacturing (CAD/CAM) software software provider exocad, has announced the release of PartialCAD 3.1 Rijeka, a CAD software that is equipped with new features aimed at designing high-quality removable partial denture frameworks.
The new release on 31 Aug is said to enhance digital CAD/CAM capabilities for partial denture design and provide simpler workflows for complex cases. PartialCAD 3.1 contains 22 new functionalities and new workflows, which advances the design and customisation features for retention meshes, major connectors, clasps, lingual aprons and finish lines. It also offers reverse planning functionality and improved integration with exocad’s software for dental laboratories and clinics, DentalCAD.
Presets in the PartialCAD 3.1 Rijeka can be saved, customised and organised, for laboratory technicians to create designs with their preferred workflows in fewer clicks, and repeat complex processes with reproducible results, according to the company.
“We know that the design of partial frameworks requires an expert hand,” said Tillmann Steinbrecher, CEO at exocad. “With PartialCAD 3.1 Rijeka, we put the power of CAD/CAM to work, helping to make the design process faster, more precise and more accessible to laboratory technicians who want to produce high-quality partials.”
The design and editing of clasps and bars are said to have been improved as well. The show wax dimensions and new cut view option give the user control over layer thicknesses, connections and the general dimensions of the design. Users also have more freedom when importing parts – they can now move, rotate, scale, combine, subtract and activate imported parts for editing, create new parts, and change colours.
Additional features of the PartialCAD 3.1 Rijeka include enhanced placement options and libraries to add posts to the framework; control over the opacity of clasps, pipes, bars and the finishing line via sliders in the show/hide window, as in DentalCAD; a QuickSnap beta feature which divides all pieces of the partial denture — framework, two layers of gingiva and teeth — to be easily snapped together for finishing the design, and then optimised for printing and milling.