D3Lab x64 Training

Learn how to use D3Lab x64.  Topics covered in this training module are:

  • Converting IO scans to 3D printable models
  • Reestablishing the original occlusion after basing the models
  • Embossing text and images on any 3D file
  • Semi-automatic dental arch segmentation
  • Single tooth segmentation with the Smart Select Brush
  • Virtual extractions, virtual crown preps and provisional C&B
  • Modeless custom tray fabrication
  • Modeless essix-style appliance fabrication (indirect bonding trays, bleach trays, soft night guards, provisional matrices, seating jigs, reduction guides, etc.)
  • Modeless single tooth temporary prosthetic (a.k.a. "Flipper" or "Temporary Transitional Partial Denture")
  • Meshmixer Power Functions
  • D3Lab x64's additional Part Libraries
  • Generating 3D printing supports directly from D3Lab x64
  • Opening D3Splint directly from D3Lab x64

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D3Lab x64

Download and Installation

In this lesson, you will learn:

  1. Troubleshooting the download and installation process
  2. Installing D3Lab x64
  3. Running D3Lab x64 after installation

 

1 - Troubleshooting the download and installation process

Prerequisites:

Upon purchasing D3Lab x64, you are given immediate access to the installation file via a download link.  Click the link and save the installation file to your computer.  Once the file is finished downloading, you can run it to start the installation process.

*Note: New software commonly gets falsely identified as "not safe", "potentially harmful to your computer" or even as a computer virus.  This makes sense, as the first line of defense is to not automatically allow uncommon applications to run right away.  As the software gets more popular and installed on more user's computers, the false positives become less, and then eventually completely drop off.  Additionally, D3Lab x64 and it's installation file need to create, edit and delete files in several different directories, so the type of signature this application gives off might be seen as malicious by some antivirus software, which also makes sense.  These warnings might occur:

  • From your web browser, when you first download the file
  • From Windows, when you first run the file
  • From your antivirus software, at any point

If you encounter any of these common issues, you can easily resolve them by following the images below.

  • Web Browser

  • Windows

  • Antivirus

[AV rule exception picture coming soon]

 

 

 2 - Installing D3Lab x64

Once the file is finished downloading, you can run it to start the installation process.  For most people it is a good idea to select the option to "Add a Shortcut to the Desktop".

At the end of the installation, you are asked to install a Windows library package that is necessary to be able to run D3Lab x64.  Click "Install" or "Repair" if you are unsure if you have these files already.

If it won't allow you to install the libraries, then you most likely have them installed already and can safely press "Close".

From here you can launch D3Lab x64 for the first time directly from the last screen of the installer.

 

 

 3 - Running D3Lab x64 after installation

To run D3Lab x64, double click on the Desktop icon that says "D3Lab x64" (if you enabled that option during installation).

Alternatively, you can find D3Lab x64 in the Windows Start Menu, under the application list.

 

Please be patient the first time running D3Lab x64, as it has many large libraries it needs to load.  You may notice a delay from clicking the application file to actually seeing the user interface show up on screen.  Finally, several custom part libraries have been added to Meshmixer, so it might take several minutes for all the parts to be visible in the "Meshmix" menu the first you run Meshmixer after installing D3Lab x64.

 


At the completion of this lesson, you should be able to:

  • Understand how to troubleshoot the most common problems when downloading and installing new software
  • Take the installation file you downloaded, and successfully install D3Lab x64 on your computer
  • Run D3Lab x64 from the desktop or start menu

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D3Lab x64 General Usage

In this lesson, you will learn:

  1. How D3Lab x64 works
  2. The three main sections of the user interface
  3. The three ways individual tools and functions in D3Lab x64 are used

 

1 - How D3Lab x64 works

Meshmixer is a FREE standalone application that permits viewing and manipulation of 3D files.  It also provides a wide assortment of generic CAD functions and utilities, and is widely perceived as one of the easiest and most intuitive CAD software to use.  D3Lab x64 is an application that can communicate with Meshmixer while it is open and control it's functionality.  The combination of D3Lab x64 and Meshmixer creates a pipeline for rapid CAD automation without the need to reinvent the wheel.

The tools and functions that are built in to Meshmixer are accessible via it's own user interface on the left hand side.

Therefore, D3Lab x64 was designed to be displayed on the right side of the screen (ideally with Meshmixer maximized).  While either application can be any size or in any location, for the best experience have Meshmixer maximized and keep D3Lab x64 in it's default right-sided location as shown below.

 

 2 - The three main sections of the user interface

D3Lab x64 is divided into three different sections.  The sections are located simply at the top, middle and bottom portions of the application and can be described as follows:

  • Top        -->   Menu:  This is the Main Menu of D3Lab x64, where individual tools and functions are selected for use.
  • Middle   -->  Menu Options:  This displays the options available for the currently selected menu item.
  • Bottom  -->  Obj Browser:  This lists the objects that are currently opened in Meshmixer, and provides some quick basic manipulation of these objects.

 

 3 - The three ways individual tools and functions in D3Lab x64 are used

Generally speaking there is only one main way to run the most commonly used tools in D3Lab x64, but there are two other ways that a smaller subset of the tools and functions operate.  The general workflow for the vast majority of the tools is:

  1. Select tool from the top Main Menu
  2. Follow the instructions in the Menu Options section

 

Some tools and functions do not have defined steps or require user input, and can be ran at any time, even if you are in the middle of using a different tool from within D3Lab x64.  Simply clicking on it's tool name will automatically run on the current object or current selection.

 

One or two of the tools take a hybrid approach, and can be ran at any time as well, but have at least one step or require some type of user input in order to run.  When these types of tools are selected from the Main Menu, a separate pop-up window appears that gives the user instructions on how to complete the tool.  You also have the ability to cancel the tool by clicking on the "Cancel" button or by simply closing the pop-up window.

 


At the completion of this lesson, you should be able to:

  • Understand the basic concept of what D3Lab x64 is and how it works with Meshmixer to achieve the results of it's individual tools
  • Know what each of the three major sections in D3Lab x64 are used for, and where these are located in the application
  • Run any tool, feature or function in D3Lab x64, since their general operation is universal in nature and is limited to only the three simple techniques discussed here

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Model Builder 2.0

In this lesson, you will learn:

  1. How to quickly convert digital intraoral scans to 3D printable physical models
  2. Tips for dealing with poor scan data or difficult scans
  3. Advanced automation features that help to save more time

 

General CAD Definitions:

  • Manifold or "Closed" Mesh - A 3D object that is solid or "watertight".  This applies to any 3D object, including IO and model/impression scans.  Most things are not 3D printable unless they are manifold.  Generally, IO scans will be non-manifold, while models/impressions scanned with a desktop 3D scanner will be manifold.
  • Non-Manifold or "Open" Mesh - A 3D object that is not manifold.  Model building converts a non-manifold IO scan to a 3D printable manifold object.
  • "Basing" or "Building" Models -  Removing extraneous scan data from the initial IO or desktop scans, repairing any remaining holes/defects and adding a vertical base under the refined scan data.  The result mimics the traditional based plaster dental model in appearance, and is easily 3D printable.

Tool Parameters:

    • Hollow Thickness - The width (in mm) that you want the thickness of the based model to have.
    • Base Height - The height (in mm) that you want the base of your model to have, measured from the bottom most part of the scan.
    • Auto Orient - A button that automatically brings an object to the center of Meshmixer, and attempts to point it in the correct direction to assist in the following manual alignment steps.
    • Model Already Oriented - An option that when enabled, forces the Model Builder tool to skip the first three manual alignment steps.  This is a helpful time-saver if you are certain your scan is already oriented correctly before running the tool.
    • "Feeling Lucky" - A button that runs the entire Model Builder tool to completion without any steps or user input.  Success of this feature is dependent not only on the scan being in proper alignment already (as with the "Model Already Oriented" option), but also that there is minimal extraneous data that needs to be removed (or it has been done already).
    • Print Vertical - A button that is presented at the end of the Model Builder tool, that rotates the based model into a vertical orientation and makes a flat cut on the heel portion of the model.  This is a quick attempt at making a based model 3D printable in the vertical orientation, to save space on the 3D printer's build plate.  It is considered experimental because it does not take overhangs into consideration, and it can only apply a single hard-coded rotation that may not be suitable for some models.

 

1 - How to quickly convert digital intraoral scans to 3D printable physical models

 

 

 

 2 - Tips for dealing with poor scan data or difficult scans

 

 3 - Advanced automation features that help save time for seasoned users

 


At the completion of this lesson, you should be able to:

  • How to use D3Lab x64 to convert all types of digital IO scans to 3D printable physical models
  • How to approach difficult scans or scans with poor data if you are getting failed results
  • How to take advantage of the "Model Already Oriented" and "Feeling Lucky" features to increase efficiency

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Align Models

In this lesson, you will learn:

  1. How to use the Align Model tool in D3Lab x64
  2. When and why to use the Align Model tool

 

1 - How to use the Align Model tool in D3Lab x64

2 - When and why to use the Align Model tool

 


At the completion of this lesson, you should be able to:

  • Realign a based model to it's original IO scan
  • Align or realign any two objects in Meshmixer using the Align tool in D3Lab x64

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Text Embossing

In this lesson, you will learn:

  1. How to use the Text Label Generator tool in D3Lab x64
  2. When and why to use the Text Label Generator tool

 

1 - How to use the Text Label Generator tool in D3Lab x64

2 - When and why to use the Text Label Generator tool

 


At the completion of this lesson, you should be able to:

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Image Embossing

In this lesson, you will learn:

  1. How to use the Image Label Generator tool in D3Lab x64
  2. When and why to use the Image Label Generator tool

 

1 - How to use the Image Label Generator tool in D3Lab x64

2 - When and why to use the Image Label Generator tool

 


At the completion of this lesson, you should be able to:

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Dental Segmentation

In this lesson, you will learn:

  1. How to use the Dental Segmentation tool in D3Lab x64
  2. When and why to use the Dental Segmentation tool

 

1 - How to use the Dental Segmentation tool in D3Lab x64

2 - When and why to use the Dental Segmentation tool

 


At the completion of this lesson, you should be able to:

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Smart Select (Smart Segmentation) Brush

In this lesson, you will learn:

  1. How to use the Smart Select (Smart Segmentation) Brush in D3Lab x64
  2. When and why to use the Smart Select (Smart Segmentation) Brush

 

1 - How to use the Smart Select (Smart Segmentation) Brush in D3Lab x64

2 - When and why to use the Smart Select (Smart Segmentation) Brush

 


At the completion of this lesson, you should be able to:

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Virtual Extraction

In this lesson, you will learn:

  1. How to use the Virtual Extraction tool in D3Lab x64
  2. When and why to use the Virtual Extraction tool

 

1 - How to use the Virtual Extraction tool in D3Lab x64

2 - When and why to use the Virtual Extraction tool

 


At the completion of this lesson, you should be able to:

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Virtual Crown Prep

In this lesson, you will learn:

  1. How to use the Virtual Crown Prep tool in D3Lab x64
  2. When and why to use the Virtual Crown Prep tool

 

1 - How to use the Virtual Crown Prep tool in D3Lab x64

2 - When and why to use the Virtual Crown Prep tool

 


At the completion of this lesson, you should be able to:

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Provisional Crown

In this lesson, you will learn:

  1. How to use the Provisional Crown tool in D3Lab x64
  2. When and why to use the Provisional Crown tool

 

1 - How to use the Provisional Crown tool in D3Lab x64

2 - When and why to use the Provisional Crown tool

 


At the completion of this lesson, you should be able to:

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Custom Tray

In this lesson, you will learn:

  1. How to use the Custom Tray tool in D3Lab x64
  2. When and why to use the Custom Tray tool

 

1 - How to use the Custom Tray tool in D3Lab x64

2 - When and why to use the Custom Tray tool

 


At the completion of this lesson, you should be able to:

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Virtual Vacuum Former (VVF)

In this lesson, you will learn:

  1. How to use the Virtual Vacuum Former (VVF) tool in D3Lab x64
  2. When and why to use the Virtual Vacuum Former (VVF) tool

 

1 - How to use the Virtual Vacuum Former (VVF) tool in D3Lab x64

2 - When and why to use the Virtual Vacuum Former (VVF) tool

 


At the completion of this lesson, you should be able to:

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Flipper

In this lesson, you will learn:

  1. How to use the Flipper tool in D3Lab x64
  2. When and why to use the Flipper tool

 

1 - How to use the Flipper tool in D3Lab x64

2 - When and why to use the Flipper tool

 


At the completion of this lesson, you should be able to:

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Power Functions

In this lesson, you will learn:

  1. How to use the Power Functions in D3Lab x64
  2. When and why to use the Power Functions

 

1 - How to use the Power Functions in D3Lab x64

2 - When and why to use the Power Functions

 


At the completion of this lesson, you should be able to:

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Part Library

In this lesson, you will learn:

  1. How to use the Part Libraries in D3Lab x64
  2. When and why to use the Part Libraries

 

1 - How to use the Part Libraries in D3Lab x64

2 - When and why to use the Part Libraries

 


At the completion of this lesson, you should be able to:

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Support Generator

In this lesson, you will learn:

  1. How to use the Support Generator tool in D3Lab x64
  2. When and why to use the Support Generator tool

 

1 - How to use the Support Generator tool in D3Lab x64

2 - When and why to use the Support Generator tool

 


At the completion of this lesson, you should be able to:

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Splint

In this lesson, you will learn:

  1. Splint Step1
  2. Splint Step2
  3. Splint Step3

 

1 - Step1

 

 2 - Step2

 

 3 - Step3

 


At the completion of this lesson, you should be able to:

  • Complete Step1
  • Complete Step2
  • Complete Step3

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