Renishaw plc and BEGO Bremer Goldschlägerei Wilh. Herbst GmbH & Co. KG, a leading international specialist in dental prosthodontics, have concluded an agreement that licenses Renishaw to use BEGO patents for additive manufacturing in dental applications.
The Bremen, Germany-based BEGO is a leading international company in dental prosthodontics and implantology with a long track record of significant investments in R&D and development of future technologies. In the growing market of digital CAD/CAM solutions, BEGO is a pioneer in additive manufacturing processes for the dental sector, and also holds various patents.
The new licensing agreement between Renishaw and BEGO will allow the Renishaw Group to strengthen its existing dental business on a global basis.
According to Christoph Weiss, managing partner of BEGO, the dental industry is one of the most competitive industries worldwide and the licensing agreement strengthens the position of Renishaw and BEGO while emphasising the BEGO strategy of investing in new technologies and being a key innovator in the dental industry.
Geoff McFarland, Renishaw's Group Engineering Director adds that the agreement enables Renishaw to sell and utilise their own additive manufacturing machines for dental market applications, giving their customers access to important patents from BEGO.
BEGO launched additive manufacturing (AM) technologies into the dental industry in 2001. The AM process allows the production of precision metal parts direct from 3D CAD data in a layer building process that removes many of the design limitations and material waste associated with conventional ‘subtractive’ milling processes.
Renishaw Oceania represents the Renishaw Group in Australia.