Making Scanned Models Printable with RayWare

Thanks to its new CAM features, RayWare can easily import raw scan data directly from your intraoral scanner and turn it into printable models with the click of a button. From there, you can directly print the model or export it as an STL file for further manipulation.

Find scanned data

To start things off, you'll need to find out where the raw scanned data from your scanner is stored. Typically, all scanned data is stored in one central location on your computer and is organized newest to oldest within that location. If you need help finding the raw scanned data, contact support. 

Ensure that your scanner is outputting scanned data as .STL files. Almost all dental scanners have the capability to output scanned data as an STL. 

Import raw scan into RayWare

To import your raw scan into RayWare, begin by opening the software. There are two ways of importing your raw scan data into RayWare.

1. After finding the raw scan STL in finder/file explorer, simply click and drag the file over the RayWare window. Let go of the left mouse button to 'drop' the file into RayWare.

2. Press the '+' icon located left-center in the RayWare window. This will open a file explorer box. Simply navigate to the desired STL file, select it, and then double click or select the 'choose/select' button.


Fix the model

As soon as your model is imported into RayWare, it will notify you that it has detected raw scan data. This notification will be accompanied by a 'Fix' button. To repair your scan, simply press the 'Fix' button, and RayWare will do the rest. 


Depending on your RayWare subscription level, one of two things will happen:

1. For free users, fixing your model will initiate the Basic Repair tool. Basic Repair closes cracks and inverted triangles to create a model that is technically printable. Results with Basic Fix may vary from model to model, and will not always have excellent aesthetic characteristics.


2. For Premium and Pro users, fixing your model will run the Advanced Scan Repair tool. This tool will determine the occlusal plane of the model, level-out the arch, and extrude a base. 

Once the repair process has been completed, your model is ready to print. Simply orient and add supports.

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