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Conventional impressions can stay in a landfill for up to 50 years but Ragle is able to recycle the milled polyurethane waste and old models. He’s recycling 2,500 to 2,800 pounds of polyurethane per month using a local service.
Each milling machine weighs over 7,000 pounds and is almost 9’ tall by 10’ wide and 8’ deep once set up. The machines were delivered on a semi with a 10,000-lb. forklift that easily picked up one of the machines and drove right into the building.
Jerry Ragle, owner of Ragle Dental Laboratory and the first U.S. regional production center for milling Cadent iTero models, stands in front of one of his four Haas milling machines modified to mill polyurethane dental models.