Incredibly, the CEREC MC XL was introduced in 2007. That’s more than 13 years ago and the new CEREC Primemill has only just been launched in early 2020. It is not common to see a 13 year old mill still being so dominant in a market.
The MC XL is a brilliant dry and wet milling machine, originally conceived as a wet-machine only. Just don’t ask me about the first 350 units we installed in the US market in 2007. It was a nightmare because the product was not really ready at that time and had many teething problems.
But it’s like that with mills. They are incredibly complex with many internal parts that are often moving and of course water is involved. Far more complex than a camera. In any case, all mills go through the same life cycle: Introduction and Teething Issues, Reliability Improvements, Functional Improvements, Phasing Out. The MC XL will likely not see any further functional improvements, but being the second-best chairside mill at the moment, it isn’t ready for phasing out yet either.
But isn’t CEREC a closed system, so how can we combine these technologies? Actually, our sister supplier, DentalCADCAM, has recently put together an overview of the workflows that are possible today with IOS “X” + MC XL.
I own a 3rd Party Camera – How do I mill from my MC XL?
So it is possible to scan with any IOS, export the .STL of the scan, then import the scan into inLab CAD SW for designing. In order to import those scans, you also need the inLab SW Interfaces Module and in order to actually mill, you need additionally the inLab CAM software. Any inLab version higher than 18.0 will work.
I own a 3rd Party CAD Software (e.g. exocad) and I want to mill (e.g. crowns) designed with 3rd Party software and mill them with my MC XL?
Now this workflow is more simple than it looks and less expensive than importing scans above. So that means if you already own Clinux or exocad software, for example, you can scan, import your scan into Clinux/exocad, design whatever you want to produce, then export that CAD-design into the inLab CAM (version 18.0 and above). That’s it!
You can purchase all the software you need for this workflow as a bundle at DentalCADCAMShop.com.