The History of Roland DG Dental milling machines
Since its founding in 1981, Roland DG has developed computer peripherals with the goal of helping people use computers to “turn their imagination into reality.” The company began by combining X and Y axis control to digitize drawings on a pen plotter. With the addition of the Z axis and the conversion of the pen to an end mill, it released the world's first desktop-sized 3D milling machine, the CAMM-3 PNC-3000, in 1986.
The PNC-3000 and its successors were used in domestic universities and research facilities for the development of CAD/CAM software for dental prostheses, but in those early days, usage had not spread to dental labs. The company's 3D milling machines were primarily installed in manufacturing and product design departments for prototyping, in schools to educate the next generation of engineers, in decorative and engraving fields for creating arts and crafts, and in the workshops of individual hobbyists for producing their original designs. Combining the latest digital technology with desktop-size, ease of use and affordable prices, Roland DG's milling machines allowed individuals from a wide variety of fields to bring their ideas to life. To date, over 100,000 3D-releated devices have been sold by the company worldwide.
As the digital trend of “high-mix low-volume production”, “on demand” and “personalization” becoming dominant, the installation CAD/CAM systems expanded in dental labs, while new material that required machine-milling such as zirconia gained momentum as dental restorative material. Roland DG entered the dental domain leveraging their 3D technology to introduce innovative, new solutions to dental labs. In 2010, Roland DG released the DWX-30 4-axis control dental milling machine, and in 2011, it unveiled the renounced DWX-50 5-axis milling machine. The DWX-30 and 50 helped to digitalize workflow at dental labs and were well received by the market for their compact size, open architecture and ease of use.
With the favorable responses from the market toward the DWX-30 and 50, Roland DG established a dedicated department to meet the dental market's needs and to provide innovative products and solutions. Setting “the expansion of customers in the dental division” as a part of the growth strategy in the company's mid-term management plans, Roland DG released the DWX-4 in 2013, which delivers the same high-precision milling technology as conventional models, but at half the size. To date, the DWX series has shipped around 3,000 units, providing optimal digital solutions for dental labs around the world, and cementing Roland DG's position as a leader in the dental market.