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

Next

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

Next

Model Builder 2.0

In this lesson, you will learn:

  • 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

 


Preface

  1. Relevant General CAD Definitions
  2. Model Builder Tool Parameters

Sections

  1. Starting the Model Builder Tool
  2. Orienting the Model
  3. Cleaning Up Scan Data
  4. Setting Parameters for Model Basing
  5. Options After Model is Based
  6. Advanced Features

Demonstration Videos

  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.

 


Model Builder - Start Tool - [Step 1]

Starting any of the tools in D3Lab x64 begins with clicking on the tool name in the top "Menu" panel:

The tool tells you to start only once your scan is loaded into Meshmixer.  It is common to have an upper and lower model imported at the same time, however, so it is a good idea to hide the opposing arch while we work.  To do that, you first left click on the opposing model (darker grey / non-active) to select it.  To toggle visibilit of an object, click on the button that says "Visible" down on the lower "Obj Browser" portion of D3Lab x64.  That will hide the currently selected model, or make it visible if it was previously hidden.  Make sure to left click on the working model in Meshmixer to make it actively selected before actually starting the tool.

Once your working model is selected and the opposing is hidden, start the tool by pressing "Go".  At the end of this lesson we will circle back to the options presented to us at this time (Auto Orient, Feeling Lucky and Model Already Oriented).

Model Builder - Orient Model - [Step 2]

After pressing "Go" and starting the Model Builder tool, you will be asked to orient your model in all three dimensions one at a time, starting with the occlusal direction.  Single left click and drag the colored curves that are now on top of your model to rotate it into the proper orientation.

And then again for the anterior direction.  And once more for the horizontal plane, pressing "Next" each time after setting the requested orientation.

         

Model Builder - Cleanup Scan Data - [Step 3]

Most 3D scans, regardless of the source (IO scanner versus a desktop model scanner), have extra unwanted data or "noise" that was accidentally captured in the scanning processing.  The next two steps allow you to efficiently select the areas of the scan that you want included in the based model, and then trim away any remaining unwanted portions.  First, you must select the areas of the scan you want to include in the final 3D printable model by left click and dragging the grey circle over the surface of the scan.  Selected regions will turn orange.  If you select too much, or want to remove some of the selection, you can hold the CTRL key down on your keyboard while left clicking and it will deselect from the orange areas.  Once you are satisfied with you selection, and all of the areas of the scan you want included are shaded with orange, press the "Next" button to continue to the trimming.

A certain percentage of the time, a good initial selection will be all you need, and no trimming will be required.  However, it is always good to carefully inspect the borders and edges in case you find a small area that needs to be cleaned up.  If you find it necessary to make some small trims, single left click to start a box selection.  A red line will extend from your first click, and then from each additional single left click until you reach the initial point again.  The goal is to encapsulate the portion of the model you want trimmed inside of the resulting red polygon shape.  Once the area you want trimmed is selected, you can press the "Delete" button in the middle "Menu Options" section of D3Lab x64, to trim that area away.  Do this as many times as you need, and then once you are satisfied your refined scan, press "Next".

Model Builder - Set Parameters for Based Model - [Step 4]

You are now asked to select whether you want the 3D printable model hollowed (to save resin) or not, the thickness of the walls of that hollowed model (this value gets ignored if you are not hollowing the model) and the height of the base (calculated from the lowest area of the scan).  If you experience cracking of hollowed models upon removal from the build plate (if printing flat without supports), you can try increasing the thickness of the walls to give some additional strength.

Model Builder - Post Basing Options - [Step 5]

Once the tool is completed and the model is based, you are given some additional options in the form of several buttons that are commonly used after basing models.  These include "Print Vertical (Experimental)" and "Add Text Label".

The "Add Text Label" button will start a new separate tool called "Text Label Generator", which we will get to in an upcoming lesson.  The "Print Vertical (Experimental)" button rotates your model slightly less than 90 degrees and then makes a plane cut along the heels of the model in an attempt to help convert your model to be appropriate for vertical 3D printing (this helps save room on your build plate and you can fit many more models in one printing session).  The reason it is experimental, is because there is no guarantee the orientation or the flat cut on the heels will be sufficient for successful vertical printing.  If you want to use this feature, it is mandatory you check all aspects of the converted model before exporting for printing.

Model Builder - [Advanced]

There were two options we skipped over at the beginning of this lesson which are the first options presented to you when the Model Builder tool is selected.  They were "Auto Orient (Experimental)", "Model Already Oriented" and "Feeling Lucky? (Experimental)" and can be summarized by:

  • 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).

     

 

Here are some videos that demonstrate how the tool works (D3Mesh works in a similar way, so videos using that software can apply to D3Lab x64 as well):

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

 

 

 

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

 

 Video 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

Next

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

 

Sections

  1. Starting the Align Model Tool
  2. Setting the Target Model
  3. Setting the Model to be Aligned
  4. Confirm Model Orientation
  5. Advanced Usage

Demonstration Videos

  1. D3Lab x64 Model Builder and Model Alignment Demonstration

 


Align Model - Start Tool - [Step 1]

After running some tools or making changes to a model, sometimes it's original orientation that was captured in the scan is lost.  A common example is after using the "Model Builder" tool, where the resulting based models are no longer in the original occlusion.  Since the main reason for basing models is to 3D print, maintaining the original orientation is often not necessary.  However, if this is something you require, this tool allows you to closely reestablish the original established occlusion of the scans.

Starting any of the tools in D3Lab x64 begins with clicking on the tool name in the top "Menu" panel:

 

Align Model - Set Target - [Step 2]

The "Align Models" tool will always require two distinct models, both of which need to be loaded into Meshmixer.  The directions immediately displayed after clicking on the "Align Models" tool asks us to select the "target model", which you can do by single left clicking on the object.  The target model is the one which you want to align to.

 

Align Model - Set Model to be Aligned - [Step 3]

Now that the target model has been set, you need to choose the model you want to align to the target model, which you can do by single left clicking.

 

Align Model - Confirm Model Orientation - [Step 4]

Once both the target model and the model to be aligned have been set, the model to be aligned is automatically moved to the target and you are asked to double check the occlusal direction of the model to be aligned.  If it is in the same occlusal orientation as the target, you can proceed to the next step and no actions are needed.  If the model to be aligned is in the opposite occlusal orientation, it needs to be rotated 180 degrees before proceeding.  This can be accomplished two different ways.  First, you can use one of the three "Flip" buttons to attempt to automatically correct the orientation:

Secondly, you can use the "Manual Rotation" button to rotate the model yourself to match the target occlusal orientation:

Pressing "Next" will complete the alignment:

And once more for the lower arch:

Simply hide the original scans or move them to the side for a comparison:

Align Model - [Advanced]

The "Align Model" tool will most often be used in the scenario outlined above:  basing models from scans and reestablishing the occlusion.  However, the tool is designed to be a universal mesh alignment tool as well, which can come in handy in a lot of specific situations:

  1. Merging two scans of the same object
  2. Adding new scan to existing bite (TMJ/Dentures/Sleep)

 

Here are some videos that demonstrate how the tool works:

 Video 1 - D3Lab x64 Model Builder and Model Alignment Demonstration

 


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

Next

Text Embossing

In this lesson, you will learn:

  • How to use the Text Label Generator tool in D3Lab x64
  • When and why to use the Text Label Generator tool

 


Preface

  1. Text Label Generator Tool Parameters

Sections

  1. Starting the Tool
  2. Using Previous Text Labels
  3. Entering the Text
  4. Allow Mouse Control Prompt
  5. Set Location of Text Label
  6. Finalize Text Label
  7. Advanced Usage

Demonstration Videos

  1. Emboss Any Image/Text on Dental Models and How to Generate Supports for 3D Printing

 


Tool Parameters:

    • Place Existing Label - This button appears upon initial load of the Text Label Generator tool, and allows you to bypass the entire tool if you have already created a label that you want to use.  All text labels created with the Text Label Generator tool are stored within Meshmixer under the category "_Labels".
    • Label Text - The text you want to emboss on your 3D object.
    • Emboss Outwards - The text will protrude outwards instead of inwards.  Currently only outwards embossing is possible, so the ability to change between outward and inward is temporarily disabled.  It is, however, on the implementation list for development.
    • Load Image File - If you want to make an image label instead of a text label, you can click on this button to initialize the Image Label Generator tool.
    • Finish - At the very end of the tool, after you are done adjusting the size, location and rotation of your text label, pressing this button will finalize the placement on the model.
    • Export - This button is presented at the end of the tool and gives you the option to export your current model, if this is your last step before printing.

 


Text Label Generator - Start Tool - [Step 1]

Starting any of the tools in D3Lab x64 begins with clicking on the tool name in the top "Menu" panel.  The initial options are presented to you in the Menu Options section after clicking on the tool name:

To create a new text label, make sure the model you want to emboss is loaded and selected in Meshmixer, then press "Go" in D3Lab x64.

Text Label Generator - Using Previous Text Labels - [Step 2]

The only initial option available for this tool is the button "Place Existing Label?" which opens up the "_Labels" category of the Part Library and allows you see all of the previous text labels you have created.  You can simply drag and drop an existing label by left click and dragging the existing label onto your model (please note it is necessary to restart Meshmixer in order to see the text labels made during that session show up in the "_Labels" category):

You can also access the previously made text labels by expanding the "Part Library" list in D3Lab x64, and clicking on "Labels":

Text Label Generator - Entering the Text - [Step 3]

Again, to create a new text label, make sure the model you want to emboss is loaded and selected in Meshmixer, then press "Go" in D3Lab x64.  A blank rectangular label is automatically loaded into Meshmixer, and you are asked to enter the text you want to emboss on your model.  Simply type the text and press "Next".  Consider using multiple separate text labels if you have a lot of text you want to emboss.

Text Label Generator - Allow Mouse Control Prompt - [Step 4]

In order to create a text label, D3Lab x64 will need to temporarily take control of your mouse to do some automated precise clicking on your behalf.  A pop up prompt will be shown in the center of your screen asking permission to do this.  To avoid any accidental clicks, it is suggested and recommended to simply press the Spacebar key on your keyboard to accept the pop up prompt and to begin generating the text label.

 

Text Label Generator - Set Location of Text Label - [Step 5]

You are now asked to choose where on the model you would like the text to be placed.  Single left click on the model to mark it with an orange spot and then press the "Next" button to proceed.

Text Label Generator - Finalize Text Label - [Step 6]

You now have the opportunity to adjust the size, location and rotation of the text label if indicated.  To adjust the size of the text, left click and drag the triangular tab on the outside of the circle next to your text.  To adjust the location, left click and drag the white sphere in the center of the circle.  Lastly, to adjust the rotation of the text, left click and drag inside of the circle.  Once satisfied with size and placement, press the "Finish" button in the Menu Options of D3Lab x64 to merge the text label onto the model.

Text Label Generator - [Advanced]

If you have a lot of text you want to include, consider adding multiple text labels for betting sizing and alignment.  It also makes sense to generate some template text labels like:

  • "Patient Name: "
  • "Date: "
  • "Dr. "
  • Numbers 1-20 for aligner organization

This way you can easily utilize existing labels as well as new labels to include the information you need in the fastest way possible.

 

Here are some videos that demonstrate how the tool works:

 Video 1 - Emboss Any Image/Text on Dental Models and How to Generate Supports for 3D Printing


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

  • Understand how to create your own text labels 
  • Understand how to access previously created text labels
  • Know how to adjust the size, location and rotation of the text label being embossed on the model

Next

Image Embossing

In this lesson, you will learn:

  • How to use the Image Label Generator tool in D3Lab x64
  • When and why to use the Image Label Generator tool
  • The similarities that exist between the Text Label Generator and the Image Label Generator

 


Preface

  1. Image Label Generator Tool Parameters

Sections

  1. Starting the Tool
  2. Using Previous Image Labels
  3. Loading the Image File
  4. Allow Mouse Control Prompt
  5. Set Location of Image Label
  6. Finalize Image Label
  7. Advanced Usage

Demonstration Videos

  1. Emboss Any Image/Text on Dental Models and How to Generate Supports for 3D Printing

 


Tool Parameters:

    • Place Existing Label - This button appears upon initial load of the Image and Text Label Generator tool, and allows you to bypass the entire tool if you have already created a label that you want to use.  All text labels created with the Image Label Generator tool are stored within Meshmixer under the category "_Labels".
    • Load Image File - A button that opens a file selector for you to choose an image file.  Choosing a file will fill in the "File Path" parameter for you.
    • File Path - The file path to the image file.  If you know what you are doing, you can directly type in the location of your image file here as well.
    • Invert Colors - The color black is represented as transparent, and the color white is represented as the boldest embossment.  The shades of grey in between represent the varying levels of embossment you will see on your image label.

      Therefore, if your image is setup with a white background and a black image, the background would be embossed while the image would stay flat.  If you know this is the case for you image, you can check this box to automatically invert the colors for you on the fly.  If your image has colors and is not just black and white, it gets converted to greyscale first.
    • Finish - At the very end of the tool, after you are done adjusting the size, location and rotation of your image label, pressing this button will finalize the placement on the model.
    • Export - This button is presented at the end of the tool and gives you the option to export your current model, if this is your last step before printing.

 


Image Label Generator - Start Tool - [Step 1]

Starting any of the tools in D3Lab x64 begins with clicking on the tool name in the top "Menu" panel.  The initial options are presented to you in the Menu Options section after clicking on the tool name:

To create a new image label, make sure the model you want to emboss is loaded and selected in Meshmixer, then press "Go" in D3Lab x64.

 

Image Label Generator - Using Previous Image Labels - [Step 2]

The only initial option available for this tool is the button "Place Existing Label?" which opens up the "_Labels" category of the Part Library and allows you see all of the previous image and text labels you have created.  You can simply drag and drop an existing label by left click and dragging the existing label onto your model (please note it is necessary to restart Meshmixer in order to see the text labels made during that session show up in the "_Labels" category).  You can also access the previously made text labels by expanding the "Part Library" list in D3Lab x64, and clicking on "Labels":

 

Image Label Generator - Loading the Image File - [Step 3]

Again, to create a new image label, make sure the model you want to emboss is loaded and selected in Meshmixer, then press "Go" in D3Lab x64.  A blank square label is automatically loaded into Meshmixer, and you are asked to select an image file.  Do this by clicking on the "Load Image File..." button and choosing the image file you want to emboss on your model.

The color black in your chosen image file is represented as transparent, and the color white is represented as the boldest embossment.  The shades of grey in between represent the varying levels of embossment you will see on your image label.

Therefore, if your image is setup with a white background and a black image, the background would be embossed while the image would stay flat.  If you know this is the case for you image, you can check the box that says "Invert Colors" to automatically invert the colors for you on the fly.  If your image has colors and is not just black and white, it gets converted to greyscale first.  No changes are made to your original image file.  Once you have selected your image file, press the "Next" button to continue.

 

Image Label Generator - Allow Mouse Control Prompt - [Step 4]

In order to create an image label, D3Lab x64 will need to temporarily take control of your mouse to do some automated precise clicking on your behalf.  A pop up prompt will be shown in the center of your screen asking permission to do this.  To avoid any accidental clicks, it is suggested and recommended to simply press the Spacebar key on your keyboard to accept the pop up prompt and to begin generating the image label.

 

Image Label Generator - Set Location of Image Label - [Step 5]

You are now asked to choose where on the model you would like the image to be placed.  Single left click on the model to mark it with an orange spot and then press the "Next" button to proceed.

 

Image Label Generator - Finalize Image Label - [Step 6]

You now have the opportunity to adjust the size, location and rotation of the image label if indicated.  To adjust the size of the image, left click and drag the triangular tab on the outside of the circle next to your image label.  To adjust the location, left click and drag the white sphere in the center of the circle.  Lastly, to adjust the rotation of the image, left click and drag inside of the circle.  Once satisfied with size and placement, press the "Finish" button in the Menu Options of D3Lab x64 to merge the image label onto the model.

Image Label Generator - [Advanced]

Consider using images that have only text in the exact font, size and orientation you desire for more complex text labels.  Try taking a high resolution photo of a patient's smile to see a 2D image be transformed into a 3D mesh (not accurate to size, nor is it esthetically appealing, but very interesting nonetheless.  Maybe the start for a waxup?).

 

Here are some videos that demonstrate how the tool works:

 Video 1 - Emboss Any Image/Text on Dental Models and How to Generate Supports for 3D Printing


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

  • Understand how to create your own image labels 
  • Understand how to access previously created image labels
  • Know how to adjust the size, location and rotation of the image label being embossed on the model
  • Recognize how different colors impact the end embossment result

Next

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

 


Preface

  1. Relevant General CAD Definitions
  2. Dental Segmentation Tool Parameters

Sections

  1. Start Tool
  2. Set Segmentation Parameters
  3. Segmentation
  4. Options After Segmentation
  5. Advanced Usage

Demonstration Videos

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

 


General CAD Definitions:

  • Topographical Segmentation - Segmentation of generic 3D models based off of topographical information like angles and surface area.
  • Volumetric Segmentation - Segmentation of medical volumes that typically are obtained with CT scans.  Volumetric Segmentation is outside the scope of this application, and alternative software is necessary.
  • Face GroupMeshmixer allows you to assign a tag to any triangle in the mesh. These tags are represented by colors in the application. A set of triangles with the same color tag is called a face group.

Tool Parameters:

    • Total Number of Teeth - The total number of teeth that exist on the model you are wanting to segment.  Ideally the segmentation tool will produce this number of total segments, plus one.  The "plus one" is the remainder of the model, typically the gum tissue and base of the model.  The tool may make decisions to include or exclude segments based on the user defined parameters, which may result in the final segmentation having +/- the original "Total Number of Teeth" value in actual total segments.
    • Berkeley JointSeg* - This is the algorithm used by D3Lab x64 to do the segmentation.  The algorithm was written by Matthew Matl, and can be found here (the Apache 2.0 open source license is included with D3Lab x64, but is also available here). It is the only option for now, but there are several other approaches which will hopefully be implemented and listed here in the future.
      *[The links provided were checked and working as of 5/2/2020]
    • Refine Value - An internal parameter within the Berkeley JointSeg Algorithm that controls the level of detail required for the algorithm to even recognize potential segments.  The default value should work on most dental arches, but if you consistently are getting inaccurate results (possibly due to scanner type or software), this parameter would be the first place to start tweaking.
    • Large Segment Threshold - This parameter controls how large a segment can be to automatically be excluded as a potentially correct segmentation result.  For example, when the segmentation tool comes across a proposed segment that is larger than the average possible tooth, it automatically excludes that segment as a possible correct solution and adds it to the "other" group.  The default value should work on most cases that involve human dental arches, however, if you want to experiment with segmentation outside of dental arches I have included this parameter to help with those cases.
    • Virtual Prep Tool - A button presented at the end of the tool that allows you to immediately transition to the "Virtual Prep" tool in D3Lab x64.
    • Virtual Extraction - A button presented at the end of the tool that allows you to immediately transition to the "Virtual Extraction" tool in D3Lab x64.
    • Provisional Crown - A button presented at the end of the tool that allows you to immediately transition to the "Provisional Crown" tool in D3Lab x64.
    • Segment Another Model - A button presented at the end of the tool that allows you to immediately restart the "Dental Segmentation" tool in D3Lab x64.

Dental Segmentation - Start Tool - [Step 1]

Starting any of the tools in D3Lab x64 begins with clicking on the tool name in the top "Menu" panel:

 

Dental Segmentation - Set Segmentation Parameters - [Step 2]

The Dental Segmentation default parameters have been fine tuned to get the best results for scanned dental arches (IO or desktop scan of cast).  This means that it is usually unnecessary (and recommended) to not change any of the parameters except for the "Total Number of Teeth".  If you are interested in using the Dental Segmentation tool outside the scope of dental arches, refer to the Advanced Usage section below.  Any type of solid/manifold dental arch will work with this tool, however, to achieve the best results possible:

  • Use a based model
  • Use a non-hollow base (if hollow models are truly unavoidable in your workflow, increasing the thickness of the walls might partially improve results)
  • Remove any labels, text and embossments on the model

Start by changing the "Total Number of Teeth" parameter if necessary, and then press 'Go' to initiate the segmentation process:

 

Dental Segmentation - Segmentation - [Step 3]

After pressing 'Go', D3Lab x64 first checks to see if the model has been previously segmented (based off the model name in Meshmixer).  If D3Lab x64 detects the model you have chosen has already been ran through the segmentation tool, it will display a prompt asking if you would like to overwrite the existing segmentation data, or load the existing segmentation.  It is important to note that if you choose to load the existing segmentation, the parameters given in Step 2 will be ignored, as the segmentation algorithm is not even executed:

If the model has never been segmented, the segmentation tool begins and after a short time a prompt will appear letting you know that the segmentation algorithm has started to run in the background.  At this point, the segmentation process proceeds until it is finished, at which point the prompt will automatically close.

From here, a few more finishing steps are completed within Meshmixer and three models are generated:

  1. Teeth (D3.DENTSEG.Teeth) - The "Teeth" object is the result of the segmentation separated from the initial model.
  2. Gingiva (D3.DENTSEG.Gingiva) - The "Gingiva" object is everything other then the segmentation result separated from the initial model, which usually is the gingival tissue and base of the model.
  3. Combined (D3.DENTSEG.Combined) - The "Combined" object is both of the above combined in one model.  It is the same as the original model.
*Note*:  Each of the above models generated by the segmentation tool are slightly reduced in resolution as a result of the segmentation process.  It is possible to manually remesh the result to a higher resolution if needed.

 

The segments are represented by different colors that have been randomly assigned, which are known as face groups in Meshmixer.  These face groups make it easy to select and interact with individual components of a 3D model.

 

Dental Segmentation - Options After Segmentation - [Step 4]

Once the tool is completed and the three segmentation models have been generated, you are given some additional options in the form of several buttons that are commonly used after segmenting a dental model.  These tools rely on selecting teeth in their entirety, so segmenting the model before running these tools can greatly improve the efficiency and accuracy of these tools.  Running the segmentation before using the "Flipper" tool is also very helpful.

  • Virtual Prep Tool - Immediately transition to the "Virtual Prep" tool in D3Lab x64.
  • Virtual Extraction - Immediately transition to the "Virtual Extraction" tool in D3Lab x64.
  • Provisional Crown - Immediately transition to the "Provisional Crown" tool in D3Lab x64.
  • Segment Another Model - Immediately restart the "Dental Segmentation" tool in D3Lab x64.

 

Dental Segmentation - [Advanced]

The "Dental Segmentation" tool employs a universal 3D segmentation algorithm, it just happens to be fined tuned to be used with dental arches.  While slightly adjusting these tool parameters might help in getting improved segmentation results on certain scanned dental arches, it is also possible to use this tool outside the scope of dental arches to possibly segment other anatomical or engineered 3D models as long as they follow the solid/manifold requirement.  Here are the results of adjusting each parameter one at a time on the same model, with a comparison of the default values result:

 

Here are some videos that demonstrate how the tool works:

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


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

  • Use the "Dental Arch Segmentation" tool with the default parameter values.
  • Have a basic understanding of what the different parameters are and the effect they have on the end segmentation result
  • Understand why segmenting models before running other tools can be helpful

Next

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

 


Preface

  1. General CAD Definitions
  2. Smart Select Tool Parameters

Sections

  1. Starting the Smart Select Brush
  2. Making the Selection
  3. Advanced Usage

Demonstration Videos

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

 


General CAD Definitions:

  • Topographical Segmentation - Segmentation of generic 3D models based off of topographical information like angles and surface area.  The "Smart Select Brush" employs this technique in real-time as you are making your selection.
  • Face GroupMeshmixer allows you to assign a tag to any triangle in the mesh. These tags are represented by colors in the application. A set of triangles with the same color tag is called a face group.

Tool Parameters:

    • Reset Selection - A button that will clear the current selection and reset "Smart Select Brush".
    • Complete Selection - The button to press once you have selected at least 80-90% of the target tooth with the "Smart Select Brush", that will complete the selection and generate a single face group for that selection.

 


Smart Select Brush - Starting the Brush - [Step 1]

Starting any of the tools in D3Lab x64 begins with clicking on the tool name in the top "Menu" panel.  However, instead of the typical iteration through steps and entering parameters, a single pop up window is used to provide functionality:

This means that the "Smart Select Brush" is something that can be used at any time, even if you are currently in the middle of a different tool that requires steps, so feel free to click on it at any time and you will not lose your progress.

 

Smart Select Brush - Making the Selection - [Step 2]

Once the pop up window is displayed, you are given two options in the form of buttons:

  1. Reset Selection - Clears the current selection and resets the "Smart Select Brush".
  2. Complete Selection - Completes the selection and generates a single face group for that selection.  Ensure you have selected at least 80-90% of the target tooth with the "Smart Select Brush" before pressing.

Either option implies a selection has already been made, so the first thing to do is to start making your selection on the target tooth by left-click and dragging the grey sphere around the tooth.  The resulting orange selection will look spotty and patterned, but it should only be within the margins of the target tooth.  If you happen to over select the margin of the tooth, you can either press "CTRL-Z" on your keyboard or hold "CTRL" on your keyboard while left-clicking to remove from the orange selection.  Once you have approximately 80-90% of the target tooth selected in orange, press the "Complete Selection" button on the pop up window from before:

The tool finishes by automatically filling in the rest of the selection and smoothing the borders to produce a single face group that represents that tooth separately from the rest of the object.

 

Smart Select Brush - [Advanced]

The "Smart Select Brush" is not constrained to only selecting individual teeth.  It is possible to use the "Smart Select Brush" to select multiple teeth at once, however, it will not distinguish each tooth independently and the end result will be a singular selection of multiple teeth (note the slight gingival tissue that got included as well):

While it is true that this selection brush is fine tuned to differentiate the border geometry of teeth, it is also true that it can work well for many other types of similar geometries.  For example, this brush could be used in the exact opposite way by targeting only the gingival tissue instead of the teeth, which is helpful when selecting a tissue-borne base for a removable appliance:

This tool would likely be helpful for other type of CAD work outside of dentistry and medicine as well, where manual segmentation of a geometry from the rest of the model is necessary.

 

Here are some videos that demonstrate how the tool works:

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


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

  • Understand how this tool runs differently than those with iterative steps
  • Manually segment individual teeth from a scanned dental arch
  • Understand what a face group is

Next

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

 


Preface

  1. Relevant General CAD Definitions
  2. Virtual Extraction Tool Parameters

Sections

  1. Starting the Virtual Extraction Tool
  2. Selecting the Target Tooth
  3. Advanced Usage

Demonstration Videos

  1. Provisional Crowns, Virtual Extractions and Virtual Crown Preps

 


General CAD Definitions:

  • Face GroupMeshmixer allows you to assign a tag to any triangle in the mesh. These tags are represented by colors in the application. A set of triangles with the same color tag is called a face group.

Tool Parameters:

    • Reset Selection - A button that will clear the current selection and reset the "Virtual Extraction" tool.
    • Extract Selection - A button that starts the virtual extraction process on the current selection.
    • Complete Selection - An optional button to press if you are manually selecting the target tooth.  This button and its functionality are unnecessary if the tooth already has its own face group (either from a previous "Smart Select Brush" or "Dental Segmentation" tool).

 


Virtual Extraction - Starting the Virtual Extraction Tool - [Step 1]

Starting any of the tools in D3Lab x64 begins with clicking on the tool name in the top "Menu" panel.  However, instead of the typical iteration through steps and entering parameters, and similar to the "Smart Select Brush", a single pop up window is used to provide functionality:

This means that the "Virtual Extraction" tool is something that can be used at any time, even if you are currently in the middle of a different tool that requires steps, so feel free to click on it at any time and you will not lose your progress.

Virtual Extraction - Selecting the Target Tooth - [Step 2]

Once the pop up window is displayed, you are given three options in the form of buttons:

  1. Reset Selection - A button that will clear the current selection and reset the "Virtual Extraction" tool.
  2. Extract Selection - A button that starts the virtual extraction process on the current selection.
  3. Complete Selection - An optional button to press if you are manually selecting the target tooth.  This button and its functionality are unnecessary if the tooth already has its own face group (either from a previous "Smart Select Brush" or "Dental Segmentation" tool).

Virtual Extraction - [Advanced]

While the "Virtual Extraction" tool was originally intended to be used for one tooth at a time, it seems not to be constrained by this and simply including multiple teeth in the selection before pressing the "Extract Selection" button can achieve similar results (multiple teeth should be in sequence):

Further testing is needed to know if this will work as a universal approach to removing complex geometry from larger complex geometry, with minimal topographical changes to the remaining model.

 

Here are some videos that demonstrate how the tool works:

 Video 1 - Provisional Crowns, Virtual Extractions and Virtual Crown Preps


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

  • Understand how this tool runs differently than those with iterative steps
  • Virtually extract any tooth on a scanned dental model

Next

Virtual Prep

In this lesson, you will learn:

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

 


Preface

  1. Virtual Prep Tool Parameters

Sections

  1. Starting the Virtual Prep Tool
  2. Selecting Target Tooth Surfaces
  3. Setting Prep Parameters
  4. Options After Virtual Prep
  5. Advanced Usage

Demonstration Videos

  1. Provisional Crowns, Virtual Extractions and Virtual Crown Preps

 


Tool Parameters:

    • Run Auto-Segment - A button that will immediately transition you to the "Dental Segmentation" tool, so you can generate a segmented model that will be easier to use with the "Virtual Prep" tool.
      (Please note that pressing this button will quit your current "Virtual Prep" tool session, and start the "Dental Segmentation" tool workflow.)
    • Manual Smart Select Brush - A button that will load the "Smart Select Brush" for you to use to assist with the tooth surface selection.  Alternatively, you could left click on "Smart Select Brush" in the top main menu portion of D3Lab x64.  Loading this brush either way will not interrupt the "Virtual Prep" tool.
    • Axial Prep Reduction - The amount of axial reduction you want the virtual prep to have (in millimeters).
    • Prep Another Tooth - A button that will restart the "Virtual Prep" tool from the beginning so you can virtually prep another tooth right away if desired.

 


Virtual Prep - Starting the Virtual Prep Tool - [Step 1]

Starting any of the tools in D3Lab x64 begins with clicking on the tool name in the top "Menu" panel:

After you have started the "Virtual Prep" tool by following the above direction, press the "Go" button (in the middle "Menu Options" section of D3Lab x64) once your model is loaded into Meshmixer to proceed to the next step.

Virtual Prep - Selecting Target Tooth Surfaces - [Step 2]

You are now asked to select the entire tooth (or partial tooth surface), that you would like to virtually prep.  Therefore, if the entire tooth is selected the result would be a virtual full coverage crown preparation, while just a selection that included only the labial/facial/buccal surface would result in a virtual veneer preparation, and so on:

It is important to note, the draw/path of insertion/undercuts  are not taken into consideration, and this tool simply reduces the selected tooth surface by the given axial radius only.  

D3Lab x64 provides three approaches to help select the desired tooth surface:

1.  The Basic Meshmixer Select Brush - By default, this is automatically loaded for this step, and works best when absolute precision is required for your selections.  Simply left click and drag on the desired tooth surfaces:

2.  Run Auto-Segment Button - Pressing this will immediately transition you to the "Dental Segmentation" tool, so you can generate a segmented model that will be easier to use with the "Virtual Prep" tool.  This will require restarting the "Virtual Prep" tool after the segmentation is completed.  Double click a pre-segmented tooth to automatically select the entire thing:

3.  Manual Smart Select Brush - Pressing this will load the "Smart Select Brush" to assist with the tooth surface selection.  Alternatively, you could left click on "Smart Select Brush" in the top main menu portion of D3Lab x64.  Loading this brush either way will not interrupt the "Virtual Prep" tool.  Left click and drag to select your desired surfaces:

 

Virtual Prep - Setting Prep Parameters [Step 3]

The only parameter that can be changed for this tool is the "Axial Prep Reduction".  The default value is 1.0 (in millimeters) and represents the amount of axial reduction you want the virtual prep to have:

It is important to note, the draw/path of insertion/undercuts  are not taken into consideration, and this tool simply reduces the selected tooth surface by the given axial radius only.  

Once you are satisfied with your selection and parameter setting, press the "Next" button to complete the virtual preparation:

Virtual Prep - Options After Virtual Prep - [Step 4]

At this time, the only option available after the tool is completed is a button labeled "Prep Another Tooth":

Pressing this button will restart the "Virtual Prep" tool from the beginning so you can virtually prep another tooth right away if desired.  Alternatively, you could left click on "Virtual Prep" in the top main menu portion of D3Lab x64.

 

Virtual Prep - [Advanced]

It is not advised or recommended to use this tool for any workflow that involves fabrication of surgical bone reduction guides.  It has not been tested for these purposes, nor was it intended for these purposes.  However, creating educational models, models to aid in visual analysis or any other type of non-clinical or indirect planning scenario would be interesting to explore.

It is possible to virtually prep multiple teeth at one time, but results may vary.

 

Here are some videos that demonstrate how the tool works:

 Video 1 - Provisional Crowns, Virtual Extractions and Virtual Crown Preps


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

  • Understand and know how to use the different methods of selecting teeth surfaces
  • Broad understanding of which selection method might be best suited for different virtual operative procedures
  • Virtually prep a full coverage crown, veneer and onlay

Next

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

 


Preface

  1. Provisional Crown Tool Parameters

Sections

  1. Starting the Provisional Crown Tool
  2. Selecting the Target Tooth
  3. Setting the Parameters
  4. Options After Provisional Crown Tool
  5. Advanced Usage

Demonstration Videos

  1. Provisional Crowns, Virtual Extractions and Virtual Crown Preps

 


Tool Parameters:

    • Manual Smart Select Brush - A button that will load the "Smart Select Brush" for you to use to assist with the tooth selection.  Alternatively, you could left click on "Smart Select Brush" in the top main menu portion of D3Lab x64.  Loading this brush either way will not interrupt the "Provisional Crown" tool.
    • Run Full Segmentation - A button that will immediately transition you to the "Dental Segmentation" tool, so you can generate a segmented model that will be easier to use with the "Provisional Crown" tool.
      (Please note that pressing this button will quit your current "Provisional Crown" tool session, and start the "Dental Segmentation" tool workflow.)
    • Provisional Thickness - The value that controls how thick the walls of the provisional crown will be.
    • Export - A button that is presented at the end of the "Provisional Crown" tool, that will export and save the provisional that was generated.  The exported file can then be either directly 3D printed or imported into another software for further planning or processing.
    • Make Solid - A button that is presented at the end of the "Provisional Crown" tool, that will run Meshmixer's internal "Make Solid" tool.  This button is included for convenience only, and is mainly meant for advanced users.

 


Provisional Crown - Starting the Provisional Crown Tool - [Step 1]

Starting any of the tools in D3Lab x64 begins with clicking on the tool name in the top "Menu" panel:

After you have started the "Provisional Crown" tool by following the above direction, press the "Go" button (in the middle "Menu Options" section of D3Lab x64) once your model is loaded into Meshmixer to proceed to the next step.

Provisional Crown - Selecting the Target Tooth - [Step 2]

D3Lab x64 provides three approaches to help select the desired tooth surface:

  1. The Basic Meshmixer Select Brush - By default, this is automatically loaded for this step, and works best when absolute precision is required for your selections.  Simply left click and drag on the desired tooth surfaces.
  2. Run Auto-Segment Button - Pressing this will immediately transition you to the "Dental Segmentation" tool, so you can generate a segmented model that will be easier to use with the "Provisional Crown" tool.  This will require restarting the "Provisional Crown" tool after the segmentation is completed.  Double click a pre-segmented tooth to automatically select the entire thing.
  3. Manual Smart Select Brush - Pressing this will load the "Smart Select Brush" to assist with the tooth surface selection.  Alternatively, you could left click on "Smart Select Brush" in the top main menu portion of D3Lab x64.  Loading this brush either way will not interrupt the "Provisional Crown" tool.  Left click and drag to select your desired surfaces.

Provisional Crown - Setting the Parameters - [Step 3]

The only parameter that can be changed for this tool is the "Provisional Thickness".  The default value is 0.75 (in millimeters) and represents the desired thickness of the walls of the provisional that is generated:

Once you are satisfied with your selection and parameter setting, press the "Next" button to generate the provisional crown: 

It is important to note, the draw/path of insertion/undercuts  are not taken into consideration, and this tool simply creates a 3D shell of the selected tooth surface with the given user defined thickness only. 

Provisional Crown - Options After Provisional Crown Tool - [Step 4]

Once the tool is completed and the provisional crown has been generated, you are given some additional options in the form of buttons that are commonly used after fabricating a provisional crown:

  1. Export - Export and save the provisional that was generated.  The exported file can then be either directly 3D printed or imported into another software for further planning or processing.
  2. Make Solid - Run Meshmixer's internal "Make Solid" tool.  This button is included for convenience only, and is mainly meant for advanced users

 

Provisional Crown - [Advanced]

Similar to some of the other tools, it is possible to generate provisional crowns on multiple selected teeth at once.  If the selected teeth are in sequence, it is possible to fabricate a provisional "bridge", however, the pontics will be hollowed similar to the abutments, so further processing would be needed chairside or virtually if that were your intention.  Additionally, a full arch of selected teeth would produce a good start for 3D printed denture teeth:

 

Here are some videos that demonstrate how the tool works:

 Video 1 - Provisional Crowns, Virtual Extractions and Virtual Crown Preps


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

  • Know the various ways to select the target tooth before committing to virtual fabrication
  • Virtually fabricate a provisional crown from an input scan, and export it for 3D printing

Next

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

 


Preface

  1. Relevant General CAD Definitions
  2. Custom Tray Tool Parameters

Sections

  1. Step1
  2. Step2
  3. Step3
  4. Step4
  5. Advanced Usage

Demonstration Videos

  1. Custom Tray Fabrication and Undercut Blockout

 


General CAD Definitions:

  • CADTerm - Definition
  • CADTerm - Definition
  • CADTerm -  Definition

Tool Parameters:

    • Param1 - Definition
    • Param2 - Definition
    • Param3 - Definition

 


Custom Tray - Start Tool - [Step 1]

 

 

Custom Tray - stepName - [Step 2]

 

 

Custom Tray - stepName - [Step 3]

 

 

Custom Tray - stepName - [Step 4]

 

 

Custom Tray - [Advanced]

 

 

Here are some videos that demonstrate how the tool works:

 Video 1 - Custom Tray Fabrication and Undercut Blockout


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

Next

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

 


Preface

  1. Relevant General CAD Definitions
  2. toolName Tool Paramaters

Sections

  1. Step1
  2. Step2
  3. Step3
  4. Step4
  5. Advanced Usage

Demonstration Videos

  1. The Virtual Vacuum Former (VVF) Tool and Creating Accurate 3D Shells

 


General CAD Definitions:

  • CADTerm - Definition
  • CADTerm - Definition
  • CADTerm -  Definition

Tool Parameters:

    • Param1 - Definition
    • Param2 - Definition
    • Param3 - Definition

 


toolName - Start Tool - [Step 1]

 

 

toolName - stepName - [Step 2]

 

 

toolName - stepName - [Step 3]

 

 

toolName - stepName - [Step 4]

 

 

toolName - [Advanced]

 

Here are some videos that demonstrate how the tool works:

 Video 1 - The Virtual Vacuum Former (VVF) Tool and Creating Accurate 3D Shells


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

Next

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

 


Preface

  1. Relevant General CAD Definitions
  2. toolName Tool Paramaters

Sections

  1. Step1
  2. Step2
  3. Step3
  4. Step4
  5. Advanced Usage

Demonstration Videos

  1. Flipper (Temporary Transitional Partial) Fabrication

 


General CAD Definitions:

  • CADTerm - Definition
  • CADTerm - Definition
  • CADTerm -  Definition

Tool Parameters:

    • Param1 - Definition
    • Param2 - Definition
    • Param3 - Definition

 


toolName - Start Tool - [Step 1]

 

 

toolName - stepName - [Step 2]

 

 

toolName - stepName - [Step 3]

 

 

toolName - stepName - [Step 4]

 

 

toolName - [Advanced]

 

Here are some videos that demonstrate how the tool works:

 Video 1 - Flipper (Temporary Transitional Partial) Fabrication


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

Next

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

 


Preface

  1. Relevant General CAD Definitions
  2. toolName Tool Paramaters

Sections

  1. Step1
  2. Step2
  3. Step3
  4. Step4
  5. Advanced Usage

Demonstration Videos

  1. The Smart Select (Smart Segmentation) Brush, Power Functions and the Part Library

 


General CAD Definitions:

  • CADTerm - Definition
  • CADTerm - Definition
  • CADTerm -  Definition

Tool Parameters:

    • Param1 - Definition
    • Param2 - Definition
    • Param3 - Definition

 


toolName - Start Tool - [Step 1]

 

 

toolName - stepName - [Step 2]

 

 

toolName - stepName - [Step 3]

 

 

toolName - stepName - [Step 4]

 

 

toolName - [Advanced]

 

Here are some videos that demonstrate how the tool works:

 Video 1 - The Smart Select (Smart Segmentation) Brush, Power Functions and the Part Library


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

 

Next

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

 


Preface

  1. Relevant General CAD Definitions
  2. toolName Tool Paramaters

Sections

  1. Step1
  2. Step2
  3. Step3
  4. Step4
  5. Advanced Usage

Demonstration Videos

  1. The Smart Select (Smart Segmentation) Brush, Power Functions and the Part Library

 


General CAD Definitions:

  • CADTerm - Definition
  • CADTerm - Definition
  • CADTerm -  Definition

Tool Parameters:

    • Param1 - Definition
    • Param2 - Definition
    • Param3 - Definition

 


toolName - Start Tool - [Step 1]

 

 

toolName - stepName - [Step 2]

 

 

toolName - stepName - [Step 3]

 

 

toolName - stepName - [Step 4]

 

 

toolName - [Advanced]

 

Here are some videos that demonstrate how the tool works:

 Video 1 - The Smart Select (Smart Segmentation) Brush, Power Functions and the Part Library


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

Next

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

 


Preface

  1. Relevant General CAD Definitions
  2. toolName Tool Paramaters

Sections

  1. Step1
  2. Step2
  3. Step3
  4. Step4
  5. Advanced Usage

Demonstration Videos

  1. Emboss Any Image/Text on Dental Models and How to Generate Supports for 3D Printing

 


General CAD Definitions:

  • CADTerm - Definition
  • CADTerm - Definition
  • CADTerm -  Definition

Tool Parameters:

    • Param1 - Definition
    • Param2 - Definition
    • Param3 - Definition

 


toolName - Start Tool - [Step 1]

 

 

toolName - stepName - [Step 2]

 

 

toolName - stepName - [Step 3]

 

 

toolName - stepName - [Step 4]

 

 

toolName - [Advanced]

 

Here are some videos that demonstrate how the tool works:

 Video 1 - Emboss Any Image/Text on Dental Models and How to Generate Supports for 3D Printing


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

Next

Splint

In this lesson, you will learn:

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

 


Preface

  1. Relevant General CAD Definitions
  2. toolName Tool Paramaters

Sections

  1. Step1
  2. Step2
  3. Step3
  4. Step4
  5. Advanced Usage

Demonstration Videos

  1. Coming Soon!

 


General CAD Definitions:

  • CADTerm - Definition
  • CADTerm - Definition
  • CADTerm -  Definition

Tool Parameters:

    • Param1 - Definition
    • Param2 - Definition
    • Param3 - Definition

 


toolName - Start Tool - [Step 1]

 

 

toolName - stepName - [Step 2]

 

 

toolName - stepName - [Step 3]

 

 

toolName - stepName - [Step 4]

 

 

toolName - [Advanced]

 

Here are some videos that demonstrate how the tool works:

 Video 1 - Coming Soon!

 


 

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

Next