Welcome to The BRIDGE, the social and information hub of the dental lab industry. Connect with industry peers and vendors, ask questions, sign up for events, review products, read LMT articles and industry news and more!
Product Launch: Nobilium Introduces Puck Dynasty Nobilium’s Matt Tait, RDT, Tony Martinico and Pirate Harris get into “Duck Dynasty” character to introduce the company’s new Puck Dynasty* product line. All pucks are 98mm with step and include NobilZirc™ translucent zirconia (100% Tosoh material), PMMA, multi-layer shaded PMMA and millable wax. For more information, call 800-833-2343 or 518-434-3147, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.nobilium.com. (*Puck Dynasty is not affiliated with Duck Dynasty, trademark owned by A&E Television Networks, LLC.)
Product Launch: Good Fit™ Demonstrates Instant Denture Setups Attendees were drawn to Good Fit’s LAB DAY West table as Company Founders Marc Ginsberg (pictured) and Dr. Stephen Ginsberg demonstrated Good Fit Instant Denture Setups, pre-set arrangements of denture teeth festooned and set in an adjustable denture base. The process is similar to doing a simple rebase: the setup is heated in a water bath, adapted to the model and processed. The setups feature four-layer, cross-linked acrylic teeth available in five shades and one base shade. For more information, call 617-973-5136 or visit www.goodfit.com.
Aurident Awards Digital Tablet While the Aurident team looks on, LMT’s Judy Fishman picks the winning entry in the company’s annual LAB DAY West drawing. Eric Hoota, Hoota Dental Lab, Hilo, HI, won a Dell Venue Pro 8 Tablet, and Hyun Jin Doh, JJ Dental Lab, Sante Fe Springs, CA, won a 1-oz. Silver Eagle Coin.
Product Launch: Stratasys Expands Portfolio with Wax Printers At LAB DAY West, Stratasys unveiled the new high-precision CrownWorx and FrameWorx 3D Printers, which use wax deposition modeling technology to produce automated waxups in a high resolution of 5,000 x 5,000 x 8,000 dpi for superior fit and finish. The CrownWorx printer jets micro-drops of TrueCast, a firm but flexible wax-like material, to build crown, bridge and coping waxups. The FrameWorx printer uses a combination of jetting and spraying methods: it jets TrueCast onto the build tray to create a partial denture waxup, and then quickly sprays TrueSupport wax-blend material around the casting material to form a support structure, a process that enhances production speed; after printing, TrueSupport is dissolved. The completed waxups have a smooth surface that minimizes finishing, and the TrueCast material then burns out with no residue, shrinkage, cracking or expansion. The CrownWorx printer costs approximately $23,000, and the FrameWorx is approximately $32,000. “These printers are an ideal fit for small labs interested in upgrading casting technology. They will allow dental labs to digitize their workflows, reduce costs and produce restorations more efficiently,” said Avi Cohen, Director of Global Dental, at the show. “The printers complement our broad system portfolio. Including this launch, Stratasys has introduced three new printers and three new materials for laboratories in the first half of 2014 alone; we believe that demonstrates our commitment to this industry.” Avi Cohen (left) speaks with Aram Aivazian, CDT, Owner of Precision Dental Ceramics, Arcadia, CA, about the new wax printers. For more information, call 800-801-6491 or visit stratasysdental.com.
Datron Dynamics Raffles Off iPad With the help of Datron’s Chris Hopkins, Jordan Greenberg and Neal Demazure, LMT’s Judy Fishman draws the winning entry in the company’s drawing for an Apple® iPad. The lucky winner is Daniel Doherty, Robertson Dental Lab, Lompoc, CA.
Vident Demonstrations Draw Attendees Ready to Learn Bill Mrazek, CDT (left), instructs a group of attendees on the techniques for using Vident’s VITA Akzent Plus stain system.
IMILLING Demonstrates Scanner Line-up IMILLING’s Josh Townsend (left) and Felix Chung (sitting) demonstrate the IDESIGN Freedom scanner for Bok Joo Kim, JK Dental Lab, Garden Grove, CA. The scanner is a low-cost, high-accuracy, open-architecture system. No fixtures or scan putty are necessary for model placement due to a new patented technology, the Stable Scan Stage Method, that allows the camera to provide all movements to capture data under 10 microns. It also allows the user to capture a bite scan directly from a full articulator.
Product Launch: Whip Mix Expands CAD/CAM Solutions with 3D Printer Whip Mix Corp.’s Margaret Overmeer speaks with Andrew Maples (left) and Ryan Gillespie, Solid Dental Technologies, South Jordon, UT, about the newest addition to the company’s digital solutions: the ProJet 1200 printer from 3D Systems. Ideal for small, precise, detail-rich waxups, the printer has a small benchtop design that’s easy to integrate into your existing setup. Starting at $4,900, the machine prints up to 12 waxups in approximately one hour, up to 90 per cartridge, and also prints full contour waxups for IPS e.max and other pressable ceramics. For details, call Carlos Valencia at 800-626-5651, ext. 1424, or visit www.whipmix.com.
Product Launch: Aurident, Inc. Offers the Optimet Scanner Wine was flowing at Aurident, Inc.’s exhibit to celebrate the first time the company was displaying the Optimet-DS 6000 scanner. The open-source, easy-to-use scanner features patented measuring technology for excellent resolution and scanning times and offers scan coverage of 300° in one setup. Fully integrated with exocad software for the design of all restorations, including implants, implant bars and dentures, the scanner is economically priced and requires no annual fees. Call Aurident at 800-422-7373 or visit www.aurident.com.
Argen Sends Attendee to Disneyland The Argen Corp. raffled off a four-pack of tickets to Disneyland at its table in the Exhibit Hall. LMT’s Judy Fishman and Argen’s Marlin Gohn, CDT, (center) present the prize to winner Claudio Aguerrebere, LPA Dental Lab, Manteca, CA.