To submit cases with a 3M True Definition Scanner, perform the following steps:
NOTE: For this scanner, ensure you purchase the package (Advanced Data Plan) that allows the exportation of STL files. If you don’t have this version, you will not be able to export STL files. Please contact 3M to find out what the monthly fee is for this function.
1. Scan the lower arch.
2. Scan the upper arch.
3. Scan the bite registration. The bite scan is performed on both sides to ensure correct articulation.
4. After finishing the bite, the files will upload to the 3M system and you need to select Prescription.
- In the "Date requested" field, choose the current date.
- In the "Lab" field, choose: 3M ESPE-Doctor STL Only (No Models).
- For the "Restoration" type choose: Models and Appliances. (NOTE: If any other indication is selected, the user has to complete 2 arch scans and a bite.)
- Sign your 4 digit pin and the prescription uploads the scans to the 3M™ Connection Center.
5. To access/upload the STL files, you need to log in to the 3M Connection Center.
- Under the tab "Cases" select the specific case by clicking on the case number.
- Once in the selected case, select the tab "Files" and download the "Open STL" only to obtain the .STL files of the individual scans.
NOTE: The files will require a 3D viewer to see and manipulate them on your personal computer. These include the mandible, maxilla and bite.
Upload STL Files into the Doctor Portal
1. Log into the Doctor Portal and proceed through the steps of Creating an order. Scans can be uploaded in the Records Uploader section.
2. Select the tab for 3D-Models.
3. Click on the dropdown menu to select scanner.
4. Select Add Files to upload images from your files for both upper arch and lower arch.
Scans are needed of both arches, even if you’re only treating one arch, so we can properly articulate the digital models for the setup.
- Select your scanner and either drag and drop the files directly into the box or you can click within the box to upload.
- We only require the upper and lower arch scans because the positional data from the occlusal scan is embedded in the upper and lower files themselves. We know that some scanners generate three files, but since all the pertinent positional data is included in just the two, we don't need the third.