School of Dentistry


Minnesota Dental Research Center for Biomaterials and Biomechanics

Optical Digitizer

Optical Digitizer

The Steinbichler Comet 100 digitizing system consists of two rotational stages that automatically position the object for scanning from different views, a white light non-contact scanning system, and a control unit. Data is gathered from the optical digitizer to create 3-dimensional models in the form of a "point cloud." This data is then transferred to the software program, the Virtual Dental Patient, thus creating an accurate 3D digital dental record.

Optical DigitizerFront

The center also has access to a LAVA scanner kindly donated by 3M to the School of Dentistry.


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