Preparing the scan data of the new library
Beforehand, you need the scan data of the new library. If not, you should have the stl data of the full arch model. That way, setting up in exocad becomes easier.
Saving the data in teeth, pontics and metadata folders
There are CAD-Data, DentalCADApp, and DentalDB folders in the exocad folder. Let’s open DentalCADApp. Next, open the library folder. There’re many libraries as like articulator and implant.
As you know, you need to save your data in teeth, pontics and metadata folders to set up the library. Step by step, I’ll explain you how to set up the library. As I mentioned, save the library file in teeth, pontics, and metadata folders.
Saving the file in the teeth folder
First, let’s save the file in the teeth folder. Open the teeth folder and create a folder for your library. The folder name is the library name. I name the folder DOF_01. Paste your library to the folder. There are .eoff files in the teeth folder. Copy and paste these.
Saving the file in the pontics folder
Next, go to the pontics folder and create DOF_01 folder where to paste pontics. Copy and paste these again.
Saving the file in the metadata folder
The next important thing is creating DOF_01 library in the metadata folder. First, create the DOF_01 folder, then go to the generic folder. Copy these .dentalProject files and .xml files and paste them into the DOF_01 folder.
Placing the library
Running DentalCADApp in exocad
Now, let’s run exocad. Go to DentalCADApp and bin. Find DentalCADApp.exe and run it. Place your library in the correct place using DentalCADApp and save the position information.
Running the upperjaw.dentalProject file
Click on Load and Load Project. Go to library, metadata, and DOF_01. There’s the upperjaw.dentalProject file. Run this file.
Let me explain the upper jaw first. As I mentioned earlier, it would be good to have the scan data.
Openning the scan data
Adjusting the scan data orientation
After adjusting the scan data orientation, click the next button. You can see your library like the image below.
Arranging the library corresponding to the scan model
Arrange the library corresponding to the scan model by clicking the CHAIN Mode. It’s good to roughly position it, and if possible, arrange it to fit well to the original model. Position it as precise as possible. It might take time, but if you arrange it thoroughly, you could use the library easily later.
Let’s move on. You may skip the Free-Forming step.
Saving Tooth Bow to File
Select Expert mode and NEXT in Finished step. Right click on the screen background. You can see Save Tooth Bow to File.
Select the Choose file and find the upperjaw.xml file in the metadata folder created earlier. Click on Save and Yes for replacing the file. Then, click on OK.
The arranged library is set up as the image below.
Working on the lower jaw in the same way
In the case of the lower jaw, you can work in the same way as the upper jaw.
Up to here, the library with optimized setup is now ready to be used in exocad. It might be little cumbersome to work without these procedures. I recommend proceeding this task as well.
I hope this helped you. I will be back with more helpful content.