Patents Assigned to GeoDigm Corporation
  • Patent number: 10363119
    Abstract: Dental prostheses may be manufactured based on electronic models of the prostheses. Manufacturing aids may be used to check manufacturing quality of the dental prosthesis and components thereof. For example, a jig may be used during and after the manufacture of the dental prostheses and systems and methods for using the same. A customized tooth die may be designed and fabricated to fit a dental prosthesis or components thereof in a jig for inspection. A customized jig may be designed and fabricated for inspecting a dental prosthesis or components thereof throughout the manufacturing process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 30, 2019
    Assignee: Geodigm Corporation
    Inventors: Donne Joseph Warden, Mark Ervin Olsen, Brian Paul Wallenfelt, Michael Craig Marshall, Minh Xuan Nhuyen
  • Patent number: 8821158
    Abstract: The system creates digital images of teeth topography using a dental impression tray that provides registration information for integration of a digital three-dimensional model with a digital three-dimensional cranio-facial CAT scan record. The impression tray is held in the patient's mouth during a CAT scan. The tray includes fiduciary markers that can be accurately located by the CAT scan. The tray also includes a dental impression material which, subsequent to the CAT scan, is removed from the patient's mouth and placed on a table of an X-Y-Z scanning machine for scanning the impression. In this manner, a set of electronic data related to the patient's teeth and surrounding soft tissues is generated. The fiduciary markers, which may be constructed of titanium, are included in both sets of electronic data for the patient's teeth. The markers are then used as common reference points in the spatial matching of the two scans.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 12, 2000
    Date of Patent: September 2, 2014
    Assignee: GeoDigm Corporation
    Inventor: Bruce Willard Hultgren
  • Patent number: 8769822
    Abstract: Dental prostheses may be manufactured based on electronic models of the prostheses. Manufacturing aids may be used to check manufacturing quality of the dental prosthesis and components thereof. For example, a jig may be used during and after the manufacture of the dental prostheses and systems and methods for using the same. A customized tooth die may be designed and fabricated to fit a dental prosthesis or components thereof in a jig for inspection. A customized jig may be designed and fabricated for inspecting a dental prosthesis or components thereof throughout the manufacturing process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2014
    Assignee: GeoDigm Corporation
    Inventors: Donne Joseph Warden, Mark Ervin Olsen, Brian Paul Wallenfelt, Michael Craig Marshall, Minh Xuan Nguyen
  • Publication number: 20120276502
    Abstract: Manufacturing dentures for a patient includes preparing a dentition plan; designing dentures based on the dentition plan; and fabricating the dentures. To fabricate the dentures, one or more patterns of the dentures may be produced, tooth substitutes may be assembled on the pattern, and one or more denture bases may be cast around the tooth substitutes from the patterns. Alternatively, tooth substitutes may be installed on denture bases that are milled or otherwise fabricated. The roots of the tooth substitutes may be modified to better fit in the designed dentures.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 27, 2012
    Publication date: November 1, 2012
    Applicant: GeoDigm Corporation
    Inventor: MICHAEL CRAIG MARSHALL
  • Patent number: 8280542
    Abstract: A dental prosthesis is made by first forming a model of a patient's dentition. A three dimensional digital data corresponding to the surfaces of the model is then created. Based on this data, a three dimensional digital data file is then created substantially corresponding to the dental prosthesis to be manufactured. The three dimensional digital data of the dental prosthesis to be manufactured is next transmitted to automated prototyping equipment, and using the automated prototyping equipment, a wax pattern of the dental prosthesis is manufactured based upon this three dimensional digital data of the dental prosthesis. Finally, using this wax pattern in the lost wax investment casting process, the dental prosthesis is made. Prior to investment casting, marginal edges of the wax pattern are adjusted manually.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2010
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2012
    Assignee: GeoDigm Corporation
    Inventors: Michael J. O'Brien, Derrick G. Luksch
  • Patent number: 8200462
    Abstract: Electronic models of components of dental appliances can be generated based on the outer surface of an electronic model of the dental appliance. The outer surface may be generated based on the dentition and anatomy of the patient. For example, automated processes may identify landmarks in the anatomy and define the outer surface based on the identified landmarks. Alternatively, the outer surface may be generated based on statistical data. A management system coordinates automated processes with interactive processes to facilitate collaboration of remotely located technicians and equipment in generating electronic models.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2012
    Assignee: GeoDigm Corporation
    Inventors: Michael Craig Marshall, Brian Paul Wallenfelt, Minh Xuan Nguyen
  • Patent number: 8199988
    Abstract: By matching a first data set including digital, three-dimensional, dental models with a second data set including digital, cranio-facial 3D medical scan records, missing or inaccurate portions of the cranio-facial 3D medical scan record can be improved. Example methods for matching the data sets include automatically positioning the dental model with respect to the 3D medical scan record and automatically eliminating common (i.e., overlapping) portions from one of the data sets. Two-dimensional images can be mapped onto images generated from either of the first and second data sets to enhance accuracy and/or photo-realism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2012
    Assignee: Geodigm Corporation
    Inventors: Michael Craig Marshall, Bruce Willard Hultgren
  • Patent number: 7946334
    Abstract: A sprue former of the type used to produce a casting mold includes a generally hollow body or a body having hollow sections. The body includes an inlet forming member and at least one first interface member. The inlet forming member is configured to provide an inlet cavity in the casting mold to enable casting material to enter the casting mold. The first interface members are configured to couple to casting patterns. The casting patterns represent items to be cast. The body can also includes a reservoir forming member and at least one connecting member coupling the reservoir forming member to the inlet forming member.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 7, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2011
    Assignee: Geodigm Corporation
    Inventors: Michael Craig Marshall, Kerry Glewwe
  • Publication number: 20110070562
    Abstract: A dental prosthesis is made by first forming a model of a patient's dentition. A three dimensional digital data corresponding to the surfaces of the model is then created. Based on this data, a three dimensional digital data file is then created substantially corresponding to the dental prosthesis to be manufactured. The three dimensional digital data of the dental prosthesis to be manufactured is next transmitted to automated prototyping equipment, and using the automated prototyping equipment, a wax pattern of the dental prosthesis is manufactured based upon this three dimensional digital data of the dental prosthesis. Finally, using this wax pattern in the lost wax investment casting process, the dental prosthesis is made. Prior to investment casting, marginal edges of the wax pattern are adjusted manually.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 30, 2010
    Publication date: March 24, 2011
    Applicant: GeoDigm Corporation
    Inventors: Michael J. O'BRIEN, Derrick G. Luksch
  • Patent number: 7877160
    Abstract: A dental prosthesis is made by first forming a model of a patient's dentition. A three dimensional digital data corresponding to the surfaces of the model is then created. Based on this data, a three dimensional digital data file is then created substantially corresponding to the dental prosthesis to be manufactured. The three dimensional digital data of the dental prosthesis to be manufactured is next transmitted to automated prototyping equipment, and using the automated prototyping equipment, a wax pattern of the dental prosthesis is manufactured based upon this three dimensional digital data of the dental prosthesis. Finally, using this wax pattern in the lost wax investment casting process, the dental prosthesis is made. Prior to investment casting, marginal edges of the wax pattern are adjusted manually.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2008
    Date of Patent: January 25, 2011
    Assignee: GeoDigm Corporation
    Inventors: Michael J. O'Brien, Derrick G. Luksch
  • Patent number: 7837464
    Abstract: Locating desired placement locations of brackets for a patient's teeth includes obtaining an array of data points from a cast of the teeth and generating a virtual model from the array of scanned data points. Individual teeth from the virtual model can be manually severed or “cut” and manually dragged from a start position to a finished position to determine a treatment plan. The orthodontist virtually marks the position on the virtual model where a physical bracket is desired. Brackets can then be automatically placed onto a cast of the teeth at corresponding positions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 23, 2010
    Assignee: Geodigm Corporation
    Inventor: Michael Craig Marshall
  • Patent number: 7824346
    Abstract: A system and method for determining condyle displacement during jaw articulation includes a physical model with corresponding reference points. The physical model is positioned and scanned to obtain positional data representing a first and second bite position. This positional data is used to generate a transformation matrix. The position of at least one condyle is determined in reference to positional data scanned from the physical model. The transformation matrix is used to map the position of the condyle with respect to the second bite position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2010
    Assignee: Geodigm Corporation
    Inventor: Michael Craig Marshall
  • Patent number: 7819662
    Abstract: Dental appliances including multiple components and a system and method for constructing the same are disclosed herein. The dental components are designed to fit together to form the dental appliance. The components of the dental appliance are electronically modeled, printed, and pressed sequentially, separately, or as a unitary piece. Forming the dental appliance from multiple components enables each component of the dental appliance to be formed from a different material, each material having different features associated with it. In various embodiments, different materials have different colors, textures, opacities, and transformation factors associated with them. Furthermore, each component can be formed from multiple components. In some other embodiments, a support structure is designed and constructed in order to minimize deformation of a dental component during fabrication of the component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 20, 2005
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2010
    Assignee: Geodigm Corporation
    Inventors: Michael Craig Marshall, James Todd Ledin
  • Publication number: 20100217567
    Abstract: A system for generating an electronic model having a common coordinate system includes a scanning device; a first plate module; and a second plate module. Each of the plate modules is configured to separately couple to the scanning device. The plate modules also can be moveably coupled together using an articulation device. Each of the plate modules includes alignment structures (e.g., spheres) to facilitate determining a position and orientation of the plate modules within a coordinate system of the scanning device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 2, 2010
    Publication date: August 26, 2010
    Applicant: GeoDigm Corporation
    Inventor: Michael Craig MARSHALL
  • Publication number: 20100169056
    Abstract: A method, apparatus, and article of manufacture provide a distributed computing system delivering and manipulating electronic model images to end users. One aspect of the present invention includes a method for providing electronic delivery of electronic model images. The method generates one or more electronic model images, a portion of the electronic model images being generated from scanned electronic data of a physical object, stores the electronic model images within computer readable memory of a server-based computing system, delivers the electronic model images to a remote client computer over a distributed communications network, manipulates the electronic model images upon the remote client computer, and performs analysis and a course of action using the manipulated electronic model images. The electronic model images comprise in part a polygonal mesh representation of the physical object.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 29, 2009
    Publication date: July 1, 2010
    Applicant: GeoDigm Corporation
    Inventors: Bruce Willard Hultgren, Timothy W. Vadnais, Michael Craig Marshall, Grant James Cermak
  • Publication number: 20100151405
    Abstract: A method includes obtaining an electronic model image representing teeth of a patient; determining a desired bracket arrangement for one or more brackets on the teeth; designing an electronic model image of an alignment device based in part on the desired bracket arrangement; and fabricating the alignment device based on the electronic model image of the alignment device. The desired bracket arrangement includes a surface location, a tip orientation, and a torque orientation of each bracket. The alignment device defines at least one slot through which a bracket can be placed at a surface location and an orientation indicator to indicate a desired tip orientation and a desired torque orientation of each bracket.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 23, 2010
    Publication date: June 17, 2010
    Applicant: GeoDigm Corporation
    Inventor: Michael C. MARSHALL
  • Patent number: 7735542
    Abstract: Dental appliances including multiple components and a system and method for constructing the same are disclosed herein. The dental components are designed to fit together to form the dental appliance. The components of the dental appliance are electronically modeled, printed, and pressed sequentially, separately, or as a unitary piece. Forming the dental appliance from multiple components enables each component of the dental appliance to be formed from a different material, each material having different features associated with it. In various embodiments, different materials have different colors, textures, opacities, and transformation factors associated with them. Furthermore, each component can be formed from multiple components. In some other embodiments, a support structure is designed and constructed in order to minimize deformation of a dental component during fabrication of the component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 15, 2010
    Assignee: GeoDigm Corporation
    Inventors: Michael Craig Marshall, James Todd Ledin
  • Patent number: 7716024
    Abstract: A method, apparatus, and article of manufacture provide a system for electronically generating a color dental occlusion map within electronic model images. With the advances recently made computational systems, these computer based image systems may be used to permit end users to replace paper and physical models with electronic images. A mechanism to capture image representations of physical objects accurately and with sufficient resolution is provided in a form that is both inexpensive to operate while providing rapid turn-around for users. Second, a mechanism to visually display interaction between parts of an object is also provided. These features are expressly addressed for impressions of human teeth that are scanned to allow electronic images of the models of a patient's teeth to be represented and manipulated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 11, 2010
    Assignee: GeoDigm Corporation
    Inventors: Bruce Willard Hultgren, Timothy W. Vadnais, Michael Craig Marshall, Robert J. Isaacson
  • Patent number: RE43364
    Abstract: Locating the physical placement location of a plurality of brackets on a patient's study cast includes obtaining an array of data points from a study cast and generating a virtual model of a dental impression from the array of scanned data points, Individual teeth from the dental impression can be manually severed or “cut” and manually dragged from a start position to a finished position to determine a treatment plan. The orthodontist virtually marks the position on the virtual model where a physical bracket is desired. A marking device physically marks a physical model with the corresponding bracket locations. The physical model can serve as a template or guide to locate brackets for an indirect bonding style tray.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2010
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2012
    Assignee: GeoDigm Corporation
    Inventor: Michael Craig Marshall
  • Patent number: RE44465
    Abstract: A method, apparatus, and article of manufacture provide a system for electronically generating a color dental occlusion map within electronic model images. With the advances recently made computational systems, these computer based image systems may be used to permit end users to replace paper and physical models with electronic images. A mechanism to capture image representations of physical objects accurately and with sufficient resolution is provided in a form that is both inexpensive to operate while providing rapid turn-around for users. Second, a mechanism to visually display interaction between parts of an object is also provided. These features are expressly addressed for impressions of human teeth that are scanned to allow electronic images of the models of a patient's teeth to be represented and manipulated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 27, 2013
    Assignee: GeoDigm Corporation
    Inventors: Bruce Willard Hultgren, Timothy W. Vadnais, Michael Craig Marshall, Robert J. Isaacson