Join Planmeca at Junction 2017

– one of the world's largest technology hackathons!

Think outside the box and revolutionize dental care with Planmeca.


Planmeca is part of Junction hackathon 2017

Fresh and radical ideas and continuous research and development are the keys to technological progress. At Planmeca this is the rule we live and work by – and this is the reason we are also at Junction 2017.

Planmeca is one of the world's leading health tech and dental equipment manufacturers. Digital revolution is transforming the entire field of health care and the possibilities of this transformation are limitless. Our mission is to make patient care better and safer by helping the health care professionals to give their patients the best possible care with the help of modern technology. Planmeca challenges the participants of this hackathon to embrace this mission, but throw away all limitations and think outside the box while doing so!


Main prize 5000€ to be shared between the winning team members.

Judging criteria

Ultimately our mission is to make patient care better and safer by helping the health care professionals to make more accurate diagnoses and give their patients the best possible care. We want participants to embrace this mission, but throw away all limitations and think outside the box while doing so!

The following criteria will be used to evaluate the performance and ideas of the teams:

  • Creativity and originality
  • Disruptiveness
  • Feasibility for healthcare

What we’ll bring

Planmeca 3D imaging device with Planmeca ProFace 3D camera

Chance to use the 3D imaging device

Planmeca Sovereign Classic dental care unit

Chance to use and experience dental care unit from both sides – as a patient and as a dentist

Planmeca 3D intraoral scanner

Chance to use high precision optical 3D intraoral scanner

Participants will have a chance to see and use real patient data in a form of a 3D virtual patient. Our mentors on site will coach participants and help them with any arising questions.

Sample data

Here are image data files for the teams attending our challenge. See the instructions for opening the provided sample images below and feel free to import provided data to your application.

Together with Microsoft we’ll provide all teams with access to the Microsoft Azure cloud. In Azure, you’ll be able to use e.g. machine learning and AI capabilities, execute Azure Batch Blender processes and use Cognitive Services like Computer Vision. We’ll have Microsoft engineers on-site to help the teams with their projects.

DICOM image files – X-ray images

Digital Imaging and Communications in Medicine (DICOM) is a standard for storing and transmitting medical images enabling the integration of medical imaging devices such as scanners, servers, workstations, printers, network hardware, and picture archiving and communication systems (PACS) from multiple manufacturers.

How to access Dicom files:

  • For opening the Dicom image files, it’s recommended to use Fiji.
  • You may also use Romexis Viewer for Dicom files. Just drag and drop the Dicom file to Romexis Viewer in the start screen. If you use Romexis Viewer, you will notice, that radiologists usually view 3D X-ray images in three orthogonal planes: coronal, sagittal and axial. Each of them represents a thin slice of the patient’s anatomy. In addition, a rendered 3D view is shown at right bottom corner.

Planmeca Romexis Viewer

A useful link for converting Dicom files to other formats for your application: "How to Create 3D Printable Models from Medical Scans in 30 Minutes Using Free Software: Osirix, Blender, and Meshmixer

Files for your use:

STL, OBJ and PLY files – Surface scan files

These files are optical scans (or digital impressions) of the patient’s teeth and gums in STL, OBJ and PLY formats. The data has been acquired with Planmeca intraoral scanners.

How to access STL, OBJ and PLY files:

  • For viewing STL, OBJ and PLY surface file formats, use WIN10 3D Builder (included in OS) or Meshlab.

Files for your use:

Combined image data files

These files include a virtual patient data set. This means a combination of three different 3D datasets (photo, X-ray data and digital impression) which form one complete 3D model of the patient. Planmeca was the first company to combine three different types of 3D data with one X-ray unit.

How to access the files:

  • The files which you can download below combined visualise a “virtual patient” in the Romexis Viewer. Just unzip the data set and drag and drop “Planmeca_Virtual_Patient.dcm” to Romexis Viewer start screen and press “Start Viewer”.

Files for your use:

  • 3D X-ray (Dicom) image of patient’s head, a ProFace 3D photo of patient’s face (OBJ) and a 3D optical scan surface (STL) of patient’s teeth and gums. STL surface scan is needed because gum surfaces are not visible in an X-ray image. “" , "” Besides of Virtual Patient data, patient2 includes an additional Unity Ray Tracing sample.

Phantom Images:

A phantom is a real human skull molded into plastic. We use phantoms in product development and production to test X-ray device’s performance. We can radiate phantoms with X-rays as much as we like without harming anyone. 3D X-ray (Dicom) image of phantom, a ProFace 3D photo of phantom’s surface (OBJ) and a surface file (STL) created from bones: “" , "

Some extra 3D images (DICOM, ProFace OBJ and STL) with different resolutions from different phantoms for your use. Just in case you need more images:

Device Event API and event definition

Events from connected Planmeca devices are available via local message queue. Details of the event API available in following archive: Junction Device Event Push