Introduction Ceramill Mind construction software

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The wizard

After starting the CAD module (Ceramill Mind), a „wizard“ window will open, which will guide you step by step through the construction. Explore the options presented to you in each wizard screen, and click 'Next' to proceed to the next step. Of course, you can always use the 'Back' button to return to previous steps in the wizard. The wizard will present you reasonable default values (depending on the type of construction and the material selected) for all construction parameters. You are free to change them; any parameters you change in the wizard will be applied to all teeth in the construction.

TipAdvanced users often choose to close the wizard window at some stages in the construction, and use the context menu instead – this gives you the option to apply specific parameters to specific teeth. Note that while the wizard is running, only a simplified version of the context menu is displayed – so by closing the wizard, you get access to all the options available at this particular stage. To restart the wizard once it is closed, click the Wizardicon on the left panel.

Navigating in 3D space with the mouse

Mouse navigation

You may navigate in 3D space using your mouse:

  • Use the right mouse button (hold and drag) to rotate the view
  • Use the mouse wheel to zoom and unzoom
  • Use both mouse buttons (hold both and drag) to move the view. Alternatively, you can use the keyboard arrow keys
  • Press the mouse wheel (middle mouse button) to center the point you clicked, and define this point as the new rotation center
HotkeySee the section 'Hotkeys' for a list of hotkeys that are available for the 3D viewer.

Showing/hiding objects in the viewer

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The „Show/Hide groups“, as the name suggests, allows you to show or hide objects (like scan data, constructed parts), by using the checkboxes left of the group description. Objects are grouped by type. For a more fine-grained selection, unfold a group by clicking on the little arrow left of the checkbox.

The different colors of the objects in " Show/Hide " are based on the color of the design objects . With the different colors you can find objects easier and faster.

As you proceed with the construction, the list will become more and more populated. A menu is available by right-clicking on a group (E.g. right-click on „Anatomic shapes“). Among other things, this allows you to toggle transparency for an entire group of parts – a frequently used feature.

Unfold the "Teeth" expander to switch visibility on a per-tooth basis. Unfold the "Hidden" expander to see what parts are currently hidden. Use the "Show all" button to show all parts available

HotkeyInstead of using the "Show all" button, you can also hold down the <ALT> key to temporarily show all parts.


HotkeySummary of hotkeys for Dental CAD Application
Key Description
Right Mouse Button Rotate View
Right+Left Mouse Button Move View
Cursor Keys Move View
Middle Mouse Button Center view & set new rotation point
Press Wheel Button Center view & set new rotation point
Scroll Wheel Button Zoom in & out
POS1 Center view & set new rotation point
Ctrl+Shift+F3 Optimize for Remote View by Teamviewer/Netviewer/Remote Desktop/VNC etc.
ALT Press to temporarily show all objects. Release ALT to return to previous state.

More hotkeys specific to certain features (e.g. freeforming) are available. Please see the documentation for the respective feature for details.

The context menu

Context menus are available to help you explore what functions are available at a particular stage in the construction.

TipIf you're new to this software, you will not need to use the context menu at all. But as you get more familiar with the software, you will appreciate the the options found there.

You can use the context menu to apply a certain function to:

  • All teeth (the 'root' context menu)
  • Just one tooth (the 'tooth-specific' context menu)
  • A group of previously selected teeth

You can open the 'root' context menu by right-clicking on the background of the CAD window. Functions you select here will be applied to all suitable parts of the construction. The 'root' context menu also gives you access to some advanced dialogs, found in the 'View' submenu.

By right-clicking on an individual tooth in the viewer, you can open the 'tooth-specific' context menu. Items you select here will be applied only to the tooth you clicked on.

To apply a context menu function to a group of teeth (but not to all), hold <CTRL> and click on the teeth to mark (note that the teeth will change color). Then, right-click on the background to see the context menu specific to the marked teeth.

The context menu will adapt itself to the current state of the construction, so the menu entries you see vary during the course of the design. So if you're looking for a particular feature, it's always a good idea to explore the context menu. But note that while the wizard is running, only a stripped-down version of the context menu is available.

Some of the most-used menu entries from the context menu are also available though the button bar, which appears when the wizard is closed.

The section view

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The section view can be opened via the “Section view” button CutView-Button.png in the right menu bar.
Left-click the mouse on the jaw scan to position the section plane. The section plane’s motion arrows are faded in using the Ctrl key and can be used for finely adjusting the section plane.

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The size of the window can be scaled via the upper left corner [1] of the section plane window.

If two points are placed in the section view window using a left click, the distance [2] between these points is given automatically. This allows material thicknesses to be checked quickly and easily.

If preparation margins and/or implant positions have already been defined, the section plane can be moved along the alveolar ridge using the “Position on the dental arch” slider [3]. This allows a quick positional change of the section plane without realigning it.

Using the “Focus section in main view” button [4], the view of the main window is aligned at a 90° angle to the section plane.

If the “Set with clicks” button [5] is activate, the section plane can be positioned via 2 points, placed by left-clicking the mouse.

The “Follow mouse cursor” button [6] attaches the section plane to the cursor. The section plane can now be moved to the required position and placed in the required location by left-clicking the mouse.

The section view settings can be accessed via the “Section settings” button [7]. It is possible to limit autoration of the section plane to 90° steps or deactivate it in the settings. This is selected using the “Rotate the section in 90° steps” [8] and “Deactivate automatic rotation” [9] buttons.

Two visualisation modes are available. The first is the "section lines view" [10]: In this mode only the contour lines of the individual design components are shown. The second is the "section view" [11]: In this mode all surfaces of the design components are shown.

Grid lines in the section view window can be deactivated/activated using the “Show grid” checkbox [12].

Custom View

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To define a new view click on the text “Add custom view” [1] on the bottom right-hand edge of the screen, the text “Custom view 1” [2] then appears.
It is also possible to save several views. To do this, click again on “New view”.

By left-clicking on “Custom view 1” [2] any other perspective can be changed back to the previously saved view.

To allow a better overview the stored views can be renamed. To rename a view, click on the respective saved view by right-clicking the mouse and select “Rename view” [3].

TipWith the aid of the “New view” function it is possible to change very quickly between different views of the design, making it easier to check the design.!!!