Affordable Excellence: Unveiling the Atomica S200 Scanner

In the ever-evolving realm of digital dentistry, finding a perfect balance between performance, affordability, and user-friendliness is paramount. Our latest blog explores a groundbreaking solution that achieves this delicate equilibrium: the Atomica S200 scanner. This compact marvel has redefined the standards for budget-friendly intraoral scanning, offering dental practitioners a powerful tool without the hefty price tag. Join us as we delve into the features that make the Atomica S200 a game-changer in the world of dental technology, revolutionizing digital dentistry for practitioners and patients alike.

Fast, Affordable, and User-Friendly

  1. Fast and Effective Scanning:

With remarkable scan speeds, Atomica S200 competes with leading players in the market. Despite its low cost, this scanner delivers quick and efficient full-arch scans, completing them within 30-35 seconds. Its ability to achieve such speeds at an affordable price makes it a noteworthy contender in the growing market of low-cost intraoral scanners.

  1. User-Friendly Interface and AI Integration:

Atomica S200 scanner follows a familiar workflow, making it easily accessible to anyone familiar with intraoral scan strategies. Equipped with intelligent algorithms, the scanner ensures an enjoyable scanning experience. The software, while simplistic, has a modern look and feel. The built-in AI performs well, considering the device’s price range. The scanner quickly finds its place when scans are paused and restarted, bite scans are completed efficiently, and the software effectively removes unwanted scan data artifacts after a rescan.

  1. Realistic Final Scan Images:

Atomica S200 software renders scans to closely resemble reality. After a refinement phase, the scans are processed, and the software takes care of most artifacts, resulting in more realistic final scan images.

  1. Texture Mapping and Resolution:

While the scans produced by Atomica S200 are acceptable and accurate for fabricating restorations using CAD software, the color texture mapping may sometimes exhibit artifacts if the scanning area isn’t perfectly clean. These artifacts, however, do not appear when viewing the scans without color. Additionally, the scans may appear slightly lower resolution compared to more expensive scanners, but they still provide reliable and usable data.

  1. Efficient Workflow:

Atomica S200 enhances the scanning workflow by eliminating loading screens between each scan stage. Instead, all processing occurs after the completion of all scans, ensuring a fast and efficient experience. This feature is particularly beneficial for beginners, simplifying the overall scanning process.

Compact, Lightweight, and Ergonomic Scanner with Impressive Features

  1. Compact Size and Lightweight Design

Atomica S200 scanner stands out with its compact and ergonomic design, providing a comfortable grip for users. Weighing only 198 grams, it is one of the lightest scanners available, making it a delight to use. Compared to other scanners in its price range, such as the Heron IOS, Medit i700, Medit i500, and Shining 3D Aoralscan 3, Atomica S200  offers exceptional portability. Even the more expensive scanners on the market, like the 3Shape TRIOS 4, CEREC Primescan, and iTero Element 5D, are noticeably heavier.

With dimensions of 219 x 46 x 36 mm, the Helios 600 is not only lightweight but also one of the smallest scanners on the market. The scanner includes four scanning tips, which are non-reversible and fit in only one way.

  1. Enhanced User Experience

Atomica S200 distinguishes itself with additional convenient features. It incorporates a built-in remote control function, similar to the Medit and TRIOS scanners, allowing users to navigate the software without having to touch the computer. The scanner is equipped with two scan buttons, one on each side, conveniently positioned for easy access when held in a pen grip. Regardless of the user’s preferred grip, the ergonomic placement of these buttons facilitates the effortless initiation and termination of the scanning process.

The scanner has a single button located towards the back, which flashes when connected to power. This button serves the purpose of switching between upper/lower jaw scans and bite during the scanning workflow. Powering on the scanner can be accomplished by pressing any button, with a constant blue light indicating successful activation. The software also confirms the scanner’s operational status.

  1. Robust Functionality in a Cost-Effective Package

While Atoimica S200’s plastic construction may feel slightly inexpensive, it does not affect its performance significantly. Considering its affordable price, this trade-off can be deemed acceptable. However, it’s worth noting that some users reported a strong plastic smell emanating from the scanner heads, which could be a minor concern for patients.

  1. Easy Transportation and Secure Storage

The scanner comes with a branded metal travel case, a standard accessory for USB scanners, enabling easy transportation. Additionally, a non-wall-mountable base is provided for holding the scanner when not in use. The base’s compact design and adequate weight ensure secure placement, especially on small carts.

  1. Streamlined Connectivity

A standout feature of Atomica S200 is its utilization of a single USB 3.0 cable for both power and data transfer. This streamlined connection eliminates the need for separate power adapters, simplifying cable management and facilitating hassle-free movement between clinics or surgeries. Remarkably, this streamlined approach does not compromise the scanner’s performance.

  1. Clear Scans with No Fogging

Atomica S200  scanner incorporates an inbuilt fan to prevent fogging, ensuring clearer scans without condensation issues on the scanner tip. Unlike some other scanners that require extended warm-up times, Atomica S200 inbuilt fan operates effectively with little to no warm-up time. Even when starting from a cold state, the scanner can be used without fogging concerns, making it highly reliable in clinical settings.

Streamlined Workflow and User-Friendly Interface Software 

  1. Efficient and Minimalistic Design:

Installing the software is as simple as running the application from the USB provided with the scanner. Helios software boasts a modern and easy-to-use design, although it may be considered overly minimalistic in certain situations.

The primary goal of this software is to ensure an efficient and straightforward workflow. In fact, when starting the software, there’s no need to fill out patient details right away. Instead, it takes you directly to the scanning page.

Once the scanning process is complete, you can proceed to an elementary patient creation page to input case details. Patient creation is straightforward, requiring only the patient’s name, age, and a comment box for indications. Rather than selecting from predefined options, you are expected to manually describe your requirements to the lab.

Alternatively, there is a button at the top of the software that opens a simple pop-up box. This allows you to follow the standard workflow of entering patient details before scanning, either by yourself or with the assistance of a dental assistant.

The software includes all the usual functions found in scanner software, such as analyzing occlusion, evaluating reduction space, removing scan data, and checking for undercuts.

However, there are certain limitations to the software. Margin lines cannot be placed using the software, and it lacks additional applications like an orthodontic simulator or model builder. It serves as a simple and user-friendly digital impression tool. 

  1. User-Friendly Workflow:

As mentioned above, Atomica S200 software makes the workflow as easy as possible with minimal friction. You start with a scanning page and can scan any patient you want. There are icons for top and bottom arches and a bite scan. There are also toggles on the top left of the software for pre-op scans and implant scan bodies. That’s it. Very minimalistic. It provides you with everything you need to scan a case and send it to your lab.

The workflow for the Helios software is a little unconventional, with case details being completed last after the scans are completed and post-processed. The workflow follows the standard step-by-step progression that is identical across every system on the market nowadays.

The typical workflow is as follows:

  • Scanning the preparation
  • Scanning the opposing teeth
  • Scanning the bite

Using the software is incredibly easy , and the processing of scans is done quickly. The software itself is very simplified. For instance, there is no lab form per se, no material or restoration indication options. Instead, you are expected to type out your indications in the comment box.

  1. Cloud Integration and Export Options

One interesting feature of Atomica’s software is its fully functioning cloud integration. After completing a case, all data can be sent to the cloud. A web-based page allows you to export any case from any device. This cloud storage capability is unique for an economical scanner, as most low-cost scanners rely on local storage. It’s impressive to see cloud storage offered in the lower-cost segment of the market.

Atomica’s software provides easy export of scans in multiple formats, making it an open system. This includes the widely accepted STL file format, as well as PLY files. However, it does not support the OBJ format.

The primary format used will be STL, which is compatible with various labs and design software. It’s important to note that the exported STL file is not in color. Although the scanner captures color information, the exported model for design purposes will be monochrome.

The availability of PLY files with color details as an export option is a great feature. This allows for more comprehensive data export. The software facilitates straightforward scan exports from both the software itself and the cloud platform.

Budget-Friendly Features

The Atomica S200 scanner stands out as one of the most budget-friendly options available. Priced at $9,500 USD (recommended retail price), please note that the actual retail price might slightly vary due to local tax regulations and other factors. It is advisable to consult your distributor for accurate pricing details.

Nevertheless, within this price range, the Atomica S200 emerges as an entry-level scanner, ranking among the most economical IOS devices in the market. For less than $10,000, you can acquire a high-performing scanner bundled with essential software features.

An essential ongoing consideration pertains to the scanning heads. The Atomica S200 features removable and autoclavable scanning heads, ensuring optimal cross-infection control. This attribute has become a standard across the entire IOS market.

The autoclavable scanning heads are designed for up to 60 autoclave cycles at 134 degrees Celsius. After reaching this limit, replacement becomes necessary. The cost of each scanning head for the Atomica S200 is $30 USD ($0.50 USD per scan).

Additionally, it’s imperative to invest in a computer/laptop with adequate specifications. The current recommended specifications for the Atomica S200 scanner include:

  • Processor: Intel® Core™ i7 9th Generation, base frequency 2.6 GHz (or better)
  • Memory: 16 GB (or more) DDR4, frequency 2666 MHz (or better)
  • Disk: 512G (or more) SSD
  • Graphics card: NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 1650 (or better)
  • Display: 15.6″ FHD (1920 x 1080) (or larger)
  • Others: USB 3.0 port
  • Operating system: Windows 10 / 11, 64 bit
  • Optional: Touch screen

Revolutionizing Digital Dentistry on a Budget

In the rapidly evolving landscape of digital dentistry, the Atomica S200 scanner emerges as a game-changer for practitioners seeking an affordable yet high-performing intraoral scanning solution. With its impressive features and user-friendly interface, this compact and lightweight device redefines the standards for budget-friendly IOS devices.

The Atomica S200 excels in providing a fast and effective scanning experience, rivaling market leaders with its remarkable scan speeds. Its user-friendly interface, coupled with AI integration, ensures a seamless and enjoyable scanning process. The scanner’s ability to produce realistic final scan images, despite minor texture mapping limitations, establishes it as a reliable choice for restorative procedures.

What sets the Atomica S200 apart is its robust functionality packaged in a cost-effective design. Its compact size and lightweight construction make it exceptionally portable, offering unparalleled convenience to dental professionals on the go. The scanner’s thoughtful features, such as the built-in fan for fog-free scans and streamlined connectivity with a single USB 3.0 cable, further enhance its usability and reliability in clinical settings.

The Atomica S200’s software, although minimalistic, facilitates an efficient workflow, prioritizing simplicity and ease of use. While it lacks certain advanced features found in higher-priced scanners, its cloud integration capability and flexible export options ensure compatibility with various labs and design software.

In summary, the Atomica S200 scanner stands as a testament to innovation within a budget. Its affordability, coupled with essential features and reliable performance, makes it a valuable asset for dental practices aiming to embrace digital dentistry without breaking the bank. For practitioners seeking a cost-effective yet efficient intraoral scanning solution, the Atomica S200 scanner offers a compelling choice, setting new standards for affordability and functionality in the world of digital dentistry.

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