The common denominator. 26. May 2020 From 3D scanning to 3D printing: The network of three-dimensional data is becoming ever denser. WILD is one of the few development and manufacturing partners who have experience in both technologies. The daily workflow currently seen in dental practices is indicative of what the future holds. Today, anyone in need of dentures will have them more quickly and precisely made than ever before. An intraoral scanner generates a detailed three-dimensional image of the teeth in just a few seconds and a 3D printer subsequently produces precisely fitting dentures or the required filling. In future, this kind of holistic, digital workflow may optimise, simplify and accelerate processes in many other sectors. WILD COVERS A WIDE RANGE OF SOLUTIONS The WILD Group is one of few systems partners covering everything from 3D scanning to 3D printing. WILD brings many years of experience and comprehensive know-how, for example in angle-based geometrical calculations (stereovision, laser triangulation, structured light) or time-based, time-of-flight technology in the digitalisation of 3D objects. ”Leading suppliers rely on our expertise, especially in the development and production of sensitive optics modules”, says Senior Optics Designer Rembert Fertner. ”These modules are used, for instance, in laser scanners that can measure entire buildings despite fog or direct sunlight. In medical technology, for instance, they are integrated in intraoral scanners or OCT devices. ”In the area of 3D printing, WILD also focuses on the development and production of complex devices. ”Our products include systems that manufacture highperformance ceramic parts for medical technology, electrical and mechanical engineering or the aerospace industry”, Business Developer Markus Woschitz explains. ”In addition to our longstanding optomechatronics competence, we also benefit in such projects from our knowledge in high precision manufacturing, free-form optics, surface engineering and cleanliness processes”. A young high-tech company recently developed a 3D printer together with WILD which can print plastic components with structural details as small as 100 nanometres. The device operates at speeds 100 times higher than conventional high-resolution 3D printing systems and is capable of even gently weaving living cells into the 3D structure. ”In future, pre-processing and post-processing units and quality assurance will become increasingly important. WILD is also involved in the development and production of such systems”, says Woschitz. One example are high-speed cameras that can automatically control quality in melt pool monitoring.