Our Story

How we change dentistry together

We think dentistry can do better. That’s why we develop next-generation technology that benefits both dental professionals and patients.

Mission and vision

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Our mission 

We’re on a mission to change dentistry together. We believe that there is always a better and more efficient way to provide care and dialogue around dental treatment. We also believe that none of this can be done alone, which is why we collaborate with a network of dental professionals, industry leaders and resellers. 

Our vision 

We innovate for superior patient care. For us, this means we work on solutions that make a real difference in the lives of both patients and dental professionals around the world. 
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“Digital? It basically means more options. And more options mean better and faster care for your patients. It also means that no matter where you are located, you’ve got the entire industry, a world of treatment options at your fingertips.” 

Tais Clausen, cofounder of 3Shape

Our Global Presence

Our numbers


million dental units made with our systems yearly 



patents pending



countries with 3Shape products in use



employees spread across 4 continents

Our story

We started with a simple idea - to make 3D scanning better. First, we applied it to the hearing industry, then we succeeded in dentistry. Now, twenty years later, 3Shape is 1600-employees strong. With the help of professionals like you we’re creating award-winning scanning and CAD/CAM solutions to change dentistry together. Just see how far we’ve come.

2000 | A revolutionary idea is born…

Two graduate students, Tais and Nikolaj, share a passion for 3D technology. Together, they team up to win an entrepreneurship prize. They create a scanner and software that radically changes the hearing aid industry. At the same time, the digital world begins taking (3)shape.

2005 | Taking a bite of the dental industry

If you can scan an earmold, you can scan a dental model. That logic sparks the D200 and Dental System  – 3Shape’s very first dental lab scanner and software.

2008 | Design takes a leap forward

3Shape launches the D700 lab scanner. Scandinavia’s tradition for form and design influences 3Shape design to bring sleek cutting-edge scanning to dental laboratories.

2009 | Moving teeth digitally

3Shape introduces its first orthodontic software, enabling labs and practices to take advantage of digital technology for orthodontic treatment planning and appliance design.

2011 | 3Shape TRIOS - a revolution in intraoral scanning

By 2011, 3Shape is firmly established as a CAD/CAM leader for laboratories. We take our scanning expertise and create an intraoral scanner for practices: TRIOS®. It quickly wins critical acclaim and the dental industry’s Cellerant “Best in Class Award” for digital impression solutions – and every year since!

"A third of all 3Shape staff work in R&D and we are constantly growing. 3Shape R&D is built on a culture of thinking differently and being innovative when solving challenges.”

Global P&O Director, People & Organization

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