digital study model services

digital study model services

Introducing Our Digital Study Model Service

We use the latest technology from 3Shape, an industry leader, to scan your impressions or casts to produce digital study models (DSM’s). At less than the cost of traditional plaster models, DSM’s can be viewed using free software provided by 3Shape. Rotate, zoom, snap 2D photos and examine the maxillary and mandibular models together or individually with intuitive ease. DSM’s are easily archived, are compatible with practice management systems and can be an important tool in treatment plans and patient education.


Rough Finish: Your casts or impressions are scanned as is. Occlusal and sagital planes are established, as well as the bite alignment, but bases are not added and there has been no sculpting. It would be like viewing working models…$20

Standard Finish: Comparable to the “pour and trim only” option available for traditional plaster models. Only limited sculpting is done. Occlusal and sagital planes are established, along with the bite relationship, and bases are added…$25

Full Finish: Your models are fully sculpted. Artifacts and blemishes are removed, holes and indentations in the teeth and tissue are filled and other deficiencies in the impressions or casts are fixed with a full array of sculpting tools…$30

Storage and Back-up

Your data is as important to us as it is to you. Each set of models is stored in our system as well as backed up to an off-site, secure, cloud-based system.

In addition, each clinic has its own dedicated 1TB external hard drive where its models are stored. Your clinic is billed for the hard drive (currently about $75) and you own it. It can store over 50,000 sets of models and can be delivered to you upon request. To maintain the integrity of the data, the hard drives will be replaced every three years.

Do you have a room or warehouse filled with archived study models?

We offer a bulk rate discount. Please call to discuss options and pricing.

Receiving and Viewing Your Study Models

Each set of models can be delivered to you upon request via email or thumb drive. Whether you want individual sets or batches of all of your models to store on your own computer, we will work with you on the best way to accomplish this.

Ortho Analyzer Viewer

To view and work with your models, 3Shape offers a free program, Ortho Analyzer Viewer. You can download it by clicking the button below. It is currently only available for PC’s, is easy to use and contains helpful tools to examine, display and work with your models, including basic measurement tools.

Download Ortho Analyzer Viewer

System Requirements:

  • Windows 10, Windows 8, Service Pack 1 or later
  • nVidia Geforce based graphics card supporting OpenGL 3D rendering
  • Minimum 8GB Ram

3Shape Communicate

3Shape also offers a powerful web based program to view your models and communicate with the lab and other doctors. 3Shape Communicate is a free service that will allow you to view your models on any web browser and can be downloaded as an app for tablets. Sign up for your free account below. Take the program for a test spin.

Sign Up For A 3Shape Communicate Account


Take the program for a test spin!

An account has been set up as “BMOL Test” and samples of each level of service has been uploaded.

Password: (case sensitive): Models123

Turnaround Time

DSM’s are processed within one week from the day we receive them. In special cases, we can have Rough and Standard Finish available in one business day.

Are you currently taking two sets of impressions for your patients’ final visit – one set for study models and one set for appliances?

We can use your appliance casts to create DSM’s, saving you the time and hassle of taking a second set of impressions. An extra charge may apply, depending on how quickly you need your appliances returned. Please call for details.

Do you need a set of DSM’s printed? Turnaround time is one week. Options and pricing can be found here.