2007 IDS: a Digital Disneyland

Kim Molinaro · Industry News · May 2007

  • David Burns, president & CEO of imagen; Dave Lesh, owner of Dale Dental, Richardson, TX; and Don Albensi, owner of Albensi Dental Laboratory, Irwin, PA, discuss imagen's 3D printing system and production services. The company's booth featured a mock lab setup, including a pair of printing machines, three scanners and furnaces.

  • Jerry Ragle, owner of Ragle Dental Lab, Champaign, IL, and Nick Ragle, manager-fixed, learn more about 3D Lab Service, which offers an automated method of placing denture teeth into acrylic using CAD software and a rapid prototyping unit.

  • Geomagic demonstrates its software capabilities to a crowd of IDS attendees. The company is a leader in the field of digital shape sampling and processing (DSSP), and its software has helped to digitally preserve the Statue of Liberty and land a NASA space shuttle. The company's founder, Ping Fu, was Inc. magazine's 2005 Entrepreneur of the Year.

  • The five-day, biennial show took place in five multi-level buildings in Cologne's Koelnmesse exhibition center on the Rhein River and attracted nearly 100,000 attendees.

  • Thommen Medical, Straumann and Zimmer were among the dozens of implant companies exhibiting at the show.

  • "Zirconium Technology: CAD/CAM or Zirconia Milling": proclaims the sign at the Schutz booth. The company now offers laboratories both options: the TiZian™ Mill System, a manual zirconia milling unit, and the TiZian CAD/CAM, a new system launched at the show.

  • Nobel Biocare's exhibit included the 55-ft. tractor trailer it uses for mobile courses and educating the public on implant options.

  • For the fourth consecutive show, BEGO hosted more than 350 attendees--including LMT's Managing Editor, Kim Molinaro, and 10 U.S. laboratory owners and technicians--on two houseboats docked on the Rhine River, just over the bridge from the Koelnmesse exhibit center.

  • Ivoclar Vivadent's Wayne Ledford, CDT, holds up one of the company's new products: e.max CAD LT, a low translucency lithium disilicate block for Sirona inlab and Kavo Everest CAD/CAM units. The blocks are more translucent, milled in the blue state and then crystallized in a porcelain furnace.

  • Laserdenta and 3shape were just two of the open scanner systems at the show. Open scanners generate an STL file that can then be sent for processing by a milling or 3-D printing unit.

  • Sirona's new inLab® MC XL milling unit offers faster milling times and can mill bridges up to 10 units.

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