A design engineer at a dental OEM was handed a challenging assignment: Develop the industry’s first handheld intraoral scanner to perform 3D imaging for dental impressions in the dentist’s office. The problem: The scanner’s small size required a miniaturised linear motion and measurement system that was not available on the market.

The question facing the designer: develop a new linear motion and measurement system internally — or seek a supplier to customise its product to meet the scanner’s challenging specifications.

The issue haunts design engineers daily across medical, dental, and life science OEMs as their development teams face excruciating pressure to make their products smaller, lighter, and more accurate.

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