Oqton and Eplus3D Enter Strategic Partnership

Companies will blend expertise in automation and additive manufacturing to offer improved productivity and traceability, companies say.

Companies will blend expertise in automation and additive manufacturing to offer improved productivity and traceability, companies say.

Oqton, a software provider, and Eplus3D, global supplier of metal 3D printing solutions, have entered a strategic partnership. Through this collaboration, the companies report that they intend to enable increased productivity for dental laboratory professionals. This will be possible by making Oqton’s artificial intelligence-powered Manufacturing OS platform available to users of Eplus3D’s metal 3D printers.

The combination of Oqton’s Manufacturing OS, Eplus3D’s print technology, and both organizations’ dental expertise will allow for dental solutions that include full traceability as well as automation. With Oqton’s Manufacturing OS, Eplus3D’s customers will have full transparency and traceability across the production workflow through manufacturing execution system (MES) and machine monitoring (IoT) capabilities, the companies report.

By leveraging AI, Oqton’s Manufacturing OS automates the end-to-end workflow, from initial design to preparing files for production. Oqton’s software also includes high-density layered nesting and interlocking 3D nesting of removable partial denture (RPD) frames. The Manufacturing OS
also enables scheduling and planning for a customer’s workforce, machines and material, across multiple production sites with full version history.

“We’re excited to officially recognize Eplus3D as a trusted partner amongst a host of forward-thinking industry leaders,” says Kris Wouters, general manager – healthcare, Oqton. “We are impressed with their commercial success based on the metal 3D printing technology they’ve developed, and its ability to help dental labs produce patient-specific devices such as crowns, bridges, and RPD frames.”

“Our collaboration with Oqton first began in 2018, as we set out to fully integrate their innovative Manufacturing OS into our Eplus3D printers,” says Mary Li, head of overseas division, Eplus3D. “Since that time, we’ve become increasingly acquainted with their expertise and technology, and
are impressed by the easy-to-use, smart algorithms they’ve created.”

Sources: Press materials received from the company and additional information gleaned from the company’s website.

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