Dentures made of high-strength and body-compatible zirconium ceramics are considered as the best-in-class solution for patients – however, the costs of such a synthetic tooth are very high. Up to now, such dental ceramics can only be produced at great expense and in many individual steps. For this purpose, a chalk-like starting material of the ceramic has to be processed under high wear by milling or grinding, then has to be solidified by firing and brought to its final state. With the waterjet, on the other hand, even solidified ceramics can be processed directly. Furthermore, short treatment times and an improvement in patient care with high-quality dental prostheses are also envisaged.
The aim of the KMU-innovativ project dentalJET is to develop a complete technological package consisting of waterjet milling machine, machining process and dental ceramics to enable direct machining of dental ceramics already in their final state. Moreover, it will be possible for the user to automatically create complex machine programs for the production of dental restorations