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MillBox Modules

In MillBox, you can purchase modules that are added to the standard suite.

COMFORT Module

In configuration now it’s possible to choose from different sounds and it’s possible to set them in loop (until user stops it)

The move function can be now applied to multiple objects

MillBox can now send mobile notifications when a milling machine changes its state. In particular, you will be notified when:

– A machine job has been successfully done;
– A machine job stopped because an error occurred.

So far, our communication channel is the MillBox_Bot Telegram bot.

This function is now moved to another field, so the user can filter objects and select one than once from the filtered list.

In configuration dialog a new option allow MillBox to play a sound at the end of toolpath calculation.

Adding the possibility to choose small or big label

If this option is set on configuration when the user open the used blank folder the blank will be automatically selected, considering that all objects must be placed correctly. The priority of blanks is on used order (most used before)

All the replaces added in MillBox are placed in the bottom and grouped if the name start with the same word. Now it is possible to change groups dragging replace items on the tree control.

The report picture can be integrated with an additional picture. This can be useful if combined with a 100mmx100mm preview  from the top or from the bottom in order to cut the objects pin with more precision. With this option selected, the background color of “circles” numbers will be transparent.

MillBox can load up to 14 files for Import at the same time. This saves a lot of chair time spent nesting.
While items are loaded in the background, MillBox’s interface remains unlocked so you can select additional files for import – even if they are different object types. This results in up to 80% faster loading times when importing files.

When the user clicks on the ‘home’ button to change the view, it will rotate it from up to down around the X axis (the same of the kinematic of machine). It is possible to define, in the .OBJ layers of the machine, that are fixed and don’t rotate when home is clicked. Importing equipment with this version, MillBox will automatically add the layer named STLs, but it can also change manually the current equipment, editing the .OBJ file. In this example, the first STL is fixed and the other rotates with the disk and objects:
#————– Stl Data ————–
# Equipment 0 Stl: 250i_default_1.stl
# Equipment 0 Layer: -DM-clamps-5axis
# Equipment 0 Colour: R: 0.5000, G: 0.0000, B: 0.0000, A: 1
# Equipment 1 Stl: 250i_default_2.stl
# Equipment 1 Layer: -DM-clamps
# Equipment 1 Colour: R: 0.3765, G: 0.3765, B: 0.3765, A: 1

In the open project dialog more information are available: machine name, material, blank name, lot code, toolpath calculated. It’s possible to filter files inserting the STL name of an object or the name of a .blk file. Extra information, if there are lot of files, can be displayed with a delay (but the user can choose the file before).

Machine and material information are now available even on the left side bar with quick project menu.

In the MillBox configuration now is possible to assign a “marked line” property to teeth curves. This means that these curves will be more visible on the report file. Furthermore if 0 is set as thickness numbers and lines, these references will not be display on the final report. This allows the user to have overall better customization of their Job Reports.

Pressing F9 (F5-F8 are already assigned to move in fixed views) will rotate the A axis. The zoom level and view orientation will not change.

Previously the area touched from pin was signed as undercut, with this update it isn’t because it can be finished by the tool.

This feature allows you to create a live view of the mill, using any webcam connected to the PC or video camera on your network.
The video feed will appear as a Picture-In-Picture image in the background of MillBox. This can be useful when you want to keep an eye on the milling process, but continue nesting in the CAM.

If the user write or edit a file, the list will be updated only on files that contains this text.

It is possible to assign a greater priority at the begin of calculation if another MillBox is already calculating.

Now the simulation can be used with complete machine cinematic (if defined)

We support IP cameras that provide a video stream through a static-IP URL, e.g. https://<admin>:<password>@<IP>/video.cgi

Every time you proceed to the partially used blank selection, MillBox can automatically select / suggest items from available disks in your library.
MillBox analyzes existing materials and will try to suggest the disk with the least amount of space remaining that can still fit all of the restorations that have been imported in the job. Intelligent Stock Selection keeps your focus on exhausting previously used material before allocating a new stock for milling.

MillBox will associate a unique code to every new block the user creates. Upon block creation, the user can print the bar-code label that encodes such unique code and stick it to the side of the block. Later on, if the user scans the bar-code label (through a webcam or a bar-code scanner), MillBox will select the corresponding block, if it can be found on the user’s disk.

Please note that bar-code labels are 40mm x 9mm, so the webcam must have adequate resolution and focal point to be able to scan them.

Finding jobs in MillBox is quick and easy with the help of filters and the search tool. You can easily search through pre-existing jobs in the archive to find the information you need. MillBox can filter jobs by STL File Names, Stock Name, or Machine Name.

If this option is set on configuration when the user open the used blank folder the blank will be automatically selected, considering that all objects must be placed correctly. The priority of blanks is on used order (most used before)

ADVANCED Module

This function allows the creation of an .MHI file containing information of object dimension. Use this file with the application M&H 3D Form Inspect

The thickness analysis is now available from Lab3dExplorer, the analysis will be done on all the mesh, not only on cavity side. It is available from a new button in Lab3dExplorer (the button is shown only if the MillBox license is available, otherwise it is hidden).

It is possible to measure the project choosing ‘probing process’ on CAM side bar (the function must be activated before on the configuration dialog)

If the license is set to 2019 Advanced the ‘open project’ button shows the project preview, furthermore when MillBox is calculating, this button will be replaced with a STOP button, to stop the calculation.

It’s possible to mill only some objects, the calculation will start in background for selected objects, and the % of calculation will be shown in objects area. There will be no tools information dialog and no request to update tools usage, both dialogs are confirmed in the background MillBox. Clicking on the icon that replace objects milled will display information on object and possibility to open the project that contain it.

The function to import interface for replace is now available directly from the beginnning even without any project started.

It’s possible to change the strategy applied to an abutment in the configuration, this operation is not enabled if the strategy applied is in an external .cfg file on the replace folder.

Cylinders assigned to abutment that is going to be extracted are now listed in a listbox

The selection of .CFG files will be done with a dialog that allow preview that contains information on strategy selected. The information is done by an HTML file with the same basename, it is possible to place the HTML file in a subfolder with the name of current language, for example en=english, it=italian

Now it’s possible to import .STL files as interface, and for .MBI files the cover (layer -DM-$) is imported from the mesh if it is available. The position of the new interface in the library is requested before saving.

This function allow to extract an interface connection from an objecte imported in MillBox and use it in the replace library. It is possible also to import interface from .MBI files, the format used for the new CIMsystem Rhino Plug-in that allow to design new abutment interfaces.

It is possible to change the machine / tool-set selected. This only works in case of having the same equipment and personalization code (in machine.arl). This can be useful if the customer has more than one machine copied and is using the multimachine.ini to manage. An example: in case of same machine with different tool-sets / profiles.

The copy and paste function allows you to duplicate identical parts.
This feature can be used when you want to create 2 or more copies of an identical restoration, without having to re-import it several times.
This can be useful for quality assurance, product samples, etc. MillBox will even duplicate the exact support pin placement on the restoration, saving you the time of having to manually adjust each part.

This feature can be applied on abutments with angulated screw channels.
MillBox allows the you to change the angle of the screw channel with a simple drag-n-drop command.

If the stabilizer bar does not line up with the restoration, you can simply drag it up or down along the Z axis. This will minimize the likelihood of parts distorting during the sintering phase.

In order to use the Apotea models (and other models defined in the same way) there is a new function that allow to create a surface that will reduce milling areas for some toolpath operations in order to reduce milling time. These surfaces can be adapted moving control nodes.

This feature allows you to extract an implant connection from an imported abutment to reuse later with the Replace Library.
.MBI files are supported if you are importing an interface created with our Implant Connector Editor: a plugin for Rhinoceros CAD.
This feature combined with Abutment Fit affords you control over the fit between your abutment and implant. You can also control the diameter of the screw access channel which will be saved under your Replace Library.

MillBox allows you to choose from specific restorations that have been imported and nested within a job for immediate calculation. This helps facilitate setting up batch milling for larger milling centers or allows you to simply prioritize the order in which your restorations will be milled out of the material.
Any files calculated will be split out as a separate Job while allowing you to continue working / nesting within the original project.

Turn this feature on to quickly identify if any areas are too thin for milling.
When activated, the tool will automatically show you a color coded map displaying thin spots. The legend serves as a guide for determining the actual thickness of each colored area. The thickness thresholds can be customized based on the material you are milling. As an example, zirconia minimum thicknesses may fall below minimum thresholds for glass ceramics and would warrant their own custom settings.

When the tool is active you can simply click from one part to the next to continue analyzing various parts in the job.

This feature can be applied to abutments that have an angled screw hole. This allows the user to change the orientation of the occlusal hole. Since the milling result will be changed compared to the original design, it is recommended that the user carefully checks the changes to ensure that it is still suitable for their application.

When the tool is active you can simply click from one part to the next to continue analyzing various parts in the job.