3D printer winner announced!

Last month BDIA Dental Showcase welcomed nearly 10,000 attendees to London’s Excel, many of whom enjoyed the opportunity to explore the show’s flagship feature – ‘The Future Experience’. The feature comprised of two sections: a 200-seater CPD theatre and an interactive ‘Digital Experience’, taking attendees back in time to explore dentistry’s roots before hearing from fellow professionals on their digital journey, whilst getting hands-on with the kit itself.

Visitors to the feature could explore historical items kindly donated by the BDA Dental Museum such as a grizzly looking ‘Extraction Key’ from 1795 and an ‘Upper Partial Denture’ worn by King William IV in the 1820s before experiencing first-hand what the latest in digital technology could offer professionals – such as the 3Shape Trios Move intraoral scanner and Ivoclar PM7, the latter not seen in the UK before.

A key highlight was the opportunity to win a FormLabs Form2 3D printer, worth over £3000 and seen in action on the feature within the ‘Digital Lab’ section. To be entered into the draw you simply had to have attended the feature.

The winner, selected at random, is Dr Pavan Bopanna, principal dentist and practice clinical lead at The Butts Dental, in Brentford! Dr Bopanna has been a dentist for over 20 years, originally qualifying in India before moving to the UK in 2004 to advance his studies and special interests, which include implants, aesthetic/cosmetic dentistry and full mouth rehabilitation.

In 2012, Bopanna joined forces with Dr Andrew Brown at The Butts Dental to take the practice to what it is today – an eight-dentist strong team using state-of-the-art equipment and the latest procedures for NHS and private patients. Bopanna and his team are proud to operate a fully digital practice, including an onsite technician which has transformed the service they can offer their patients.

Bopanna said: “This was such a lovely surprise on a Monday morning. We have fully embraced digital technology to take our practice to the next level, and this 3D printer will work well with our existing workflow. Thank you to the team at BDIA Dental Showcase and Henry Schein for such an amazing prize!”.

Showcase event director, Ed Wyre said “We were delighted to visit The Butts Dental and present the Form2 to Pavan and his team. They are clearly a passionate team and have embraced digital dentistry in a big way, so will make good use of the capabilities afforded by the 3D printer.

The Form2 was kindly gifted by Henry Schein Dental, who were instrumental in making the Future Experience feature possible. James Salter, business manager said “Pavan and his team are a shining example of how the adoption of digital dentistry can unlock new capabilities for your practice, therefore they were a very fitting recipient of this prize and we’re delighted to have been a part of it”.

BDIA Dental Showcase returns to Birmingham’s NEC, 17-19 October 2019. Registration will open next Spring. More information can be found at www.dentalshowcase.com.


[Accompanying image shows L-R: Dr Pavan Bopanna, principal dentist, The Butts Dental; Ed Wyre, event director, BDIA Dental Showcase; James Salter, business manager, Henry Schein Dental.]


BDIA Dental Showcase is the leading trade show exhibition for the dental industry. As the largest dental show in the UK, thousands of professionals attend to discover the very latest dental innovations across an unrivalled selection of exhibitor stands. Visitors enjoy personalised product demonstrations, snap up unbeatable ‘Showcase’ deals and take part in highly engaging lecture sessions whilst toping up their CPD hours, all under one roof.


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A dedicated, experienced and passionate team of events professionals will offer an unparalleled experience for dental professionals and exhibitors alike.

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