The milling process has enabled dental laboratories to dramatically increase their productivity, control quality, and increase proficiency -- and, do it all consistently. To ensure the ideal result, the laboratory needs to make smart decisions when purchasing the right mill for their size and business model. Of course, there are dental mills for every laboratory from one person to large production businesses. Besides the capital, in order to purchase and start using one, a lab’s most important requirement is the desire to reduce manual labor and become more efficient.

There are many dental mill manufacturers that have developed equipment that can produce highly accurate milled objects, providing the proper milling strategies are programmed into the CAM software. Roland DGSHAPE is at the top of that list. As a manufacturer of dental mills and printing equipment of the highest quality, and as a digital dental solutions provider, the company is one of the industry leaders in digital dental technology.


Earlier this year, Roland DGSHAPE introduced the DWX-52DC milling machine. The DWX-52DC is designed to greatly increase the dental lab’s production and profit. The main feature of the mill is its 6-slot Automatic Disc Changer and its 15-station Automatic Tool Changer - a real game changer for many labs. However, the introduction of this mill has left many dental labs wondering if it is a good fit for their lab.

Is the DWX-52DC the right mill for your dental lab?

That depends on your production needs. If you are a small lab and 95% of your cases are single units, then this high production unit may be more than you need at this time. But, if, like most labs, you’re looking to enhance your workday throughput, it might just be the right fit.

As stated above, the DWX-52DC allows for unattended milling with its disc changer and automatic tool changer, reducing manual labor and increasing lab efficiency and workflow. This also enables the dental lab to run the mill into the night without the need for manually changing discs from one type or size to another. Other features that make this a desirable mill for many labs include:

  • An air pressure system that automatically changes the volume of air necessary for the type of material being milled
  • Easy in-lab maintenance, including user-replaceable spindles.
  • Its ability to mill Zirconia, Wax, PMMA, Composite resin, PEEK, Gypsum, Fiber-reinforced resin, and CoCr sinter metal.

When talking with dental labs that have used Roland mills previously, their decision to purchase the DWX-52DC was based upon 2 things:

1. a predictable increase in overall production efficiency, since they would be able to mill many different discs day and night without manual attention

2. the overall success they have had with Roland mills in the past

So, is the DWX-52DC mill the right mill for your dental lab? Only you can answer that question, but I will leave you with this piece of advice – Don’t underestimate the importance of excellence in service and support from the reseller you purchase the mill from. In today’s digital age it’s important to choose the right partner to help your dental lab succeed now and into the future.

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About The Author

Chris Frye is Sales Manager for our Dental Technology Solutions Division. He is in charge of leading the sales efforts of our digital products across the United States. Chris has over 14 years in the ink jet printing industry as a product specialist and territory manager with the last 4 years spent specifically in the 3D printing industry. He can be reached at [email protected]