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These days, especially in urban areas, we can find a place to stay through Airbnb.com, get a ride from Uber.com or carpooling.com, have household errands done via taskrabbit.com, arrange for an in-home massage through Zeel.com or get our car valet-parked by Luxe.com.
These internet-based marketplaces are part of what has been coined “the sharing economy.” Rather than getting goods or services from a traditional, centralized company or institution, we get similarly priced goods and services from other individuals mediated by some type of peer-to-peer community.
This type of collaborative consumption is considered more efficient given how infrequently we use some of the goods we own. For example, on average, our car sits idle 95% of the time and when it is used, it’s typically at 20-25% occupancy. In our industry, efficient usage is one reason why laboratory owners offer outsourcing services: one laboratory has a milling machine with excess capacity; another lab doesn’t...
Roland’s DWX-51D five-axis milling machine is an open architecture unit that’s easy to install, set up and use. Brian Brooks, Roland DGA’s Group Product Manager – Specialty Systems, offers these pointers for setting up, calibrating and maintaining th
LMT’s 26th annual LAB DAY West in Garden Grove, CA, hit all the marks: a high-energy exhibit hall, a top-notch lineup of educators and countless networking opportunities with 1,643 laboratory owners, managers, technicians and dentists.
Artistic Dental Lab in Chicago has been a member of TEREC N.A. (Technical Research Consortium of North America) for only three months but CAD/CAM Manager Dan Ulaszek, CDT, feels they’ve already gotten their yearly dues’ worth and then some.
For example, at Ulaszek’s first meeting in January, another member recommended a milling disc supplier that will save Ulaszek over $2,000 a year, and he also had an opportunity to measure his lab’s production against other labs using the same systems. “You never really know how well you’re doing until you can compare apples to apples with another lab; that information is priceless,” he says. “We learned so many little pearls of wisdom at our very first meeting and have been able to look at our lab from a different point of view because of it.”
Founded in 1985, TEREC holds three meetings each year in different areas of the country. Each meeting features presentations from manufacturers and other industry...
There were many companies exhibiting at LMT LAB DAY for the first time:
Based in São Carlos, Brazil and founded in 1977, Bio-Art Equipamentos Odontologicos offers a variety of small equipment, including articulators and facebows, microblasters, vacuum forming machines, curing lights, magnifiers, ultrasonic machines and more. Its Bio-Art semi-adjustable A7 Plus Articulator is made of aluminum and offers a modern design that provides greater visibility. It combines several features—including a Fixed Intercondylar distance at the average 110 mm; curved condylar guide; adjustable condylar guide angle; adjustable Bennet Angle; and Central Lock—making it easy to use. Visit www.bioart.com.br.
Chung Song (Sunburst) is a Korean manufacturer and exporter of lab equipment and consumables. It offers a wide variety of products including micromotors, polishing systems, plaster trays and more. Visit www.dentalmicromotor.com.
DDS-Pro USA launched its new DDS-3D Printer, which has a...
Dortmund, Germany-based DOCERAM Medical Ceramics has established a wholly owned American subsidiary, Nacera US, Inc., with distribution facilities in New Castle, DE. It offers multiple lines of zirconia, porcelain oven cleaning products, and single-bake ceramic products for staining, glazing and veneering.
At the show, Nacera US launched Nacera® Pearl, a highly translucent zirconia in white, pre-shaded or multi-layered in various shades for full contour restorations. Nacera Pearl Multi-Shade offers a natural and smooth transition of color from the cervical to the incisal. All Nacera Pearl zirconia has a flexural strength (biaxial) of 1,400MPa and excellent machinability for milling accurate, thin margins. “The Nacera Zirconia product line combines strength and beauty with a tooth-like, natural translucency,” said Sascha Holstein, Nacera’s Global VP of Sales & Marketing.
In addition, Nacera US and OPT-In Management have formed a strategic partnership to manage...
If you saw LMT LAB DAY attendees walking around with stickers on their lapels, they were likely competing in Jensen Dental’s new product giveaways. Once an hour, an attendee wearing an Imagine™ sticker was randomly stopped and awarded a can of Jensen’s InSync universal spray glaze, the newest member of the InSync Paste Stain and Glaze product line. It offers a quick application process that allows more units to be completed with less labor, and also eliminates a firing cycle since it’s sprayed directly over set surface stains. The thin, uniform coat preserves surface detail and occlusal anatomy and provides a smooth, glossy, streak-free surface texture after firing that enhances natural esthetics. The glaze can be used on zirconia, lithium disilicate, metal ceramic and titanium restorations.
Two sticker-wearing LAB DAY attendees were also chosen to receive Jensen’s new Imagine Veneering Ceramic Kit, which includes 20 powders, a glaze paste and three liquids...
AvaDent Digital Dentures showcased its four latest innovations:
AvaDent SHARE™ is AvaDent’s new “insourcing” option that allows you to mill AvaDent Digital Dentures in your laboratory within two days. After you send in your impression scans, AvaDent delivers the AvaDent .stl file to your lab within 24 hours. You can then mill the digital prosthesis—ranging from a baseplate to a denture base with tooth pockets—from an AvaDent Puck made of premium denture acrylic, significantly improving turnaround time compared to outsourcing the case. Compatible milling machines include Wieland, Sirona, Zirkonzahn, Datron, Roland and more.
Advanced Base Plate: Compared to AvaDent’s traditional baseplate, the new digital Advanced Base Plate design features a ridge cutout that offers more prosthetic space for the teeth and gingival buildup, and a precise junction between the milled base and the processed acrylic that eliminates any demarcation/white lines. The new...
Biodenta North America launched its DentaSwiss PreFAB-4 system, an open CAD/CAM system with a price point below $30,000. Using the system, that includes the DS1300 wet milling unit and 3Shape scanner and design software, laboratories can produce CAD/CAM custom abutments in compliance with FDA regulations provided they establish a quality management system fulfilling the QSR requirement; register with the FDA as a Biodenta (contract) manufacturer; and follow Biodenta’s device master record (DMR) and specifications for production, quality check and labeling.
The company has worked closely with FDA consultants for the past six years and attained FDA 510(k) premarket notification clearance on the final product—custom CAD/CAM titanium and hybrid abutments—rather than on a closed system. “By offering transparent and university-validated CAD/CAM products and solutions, we have become a key dental laboratory industry partner who will support labs in achieving their long-term...
Talladium launched the C5 MASTERmill, an affordable, five-axis unit that mills zirconia, PMMA, stone and composites. With a rotation range up to 35°, it’s ideal for fabricating models and surgical guides and holds blanks up to 40mm. Its 16-tool automatic changer has a haptic tool-usage measurement for diamond-coated tools to extend tool life. The C5 also features a powerful and precise spindle, a sealed-air working chamber to protect mechanics, and a drawer to conveniently store your tools and blanks. Call 800-221-6449 or visit www.talladium.com.
The company also raffled off $500 worth of Luminesse zirconia. Entrants were collected at LAB DAY and the winner—Bill Bone, AAA Dental Studios, Omaha, NE—was announced in an entertaining video posted online; click here to see it.
Aurident’s Delta Milling Center is now offering BruxZir® Anterior Shaded anterior and premolar crowns and bridges in addition to Delta Yttria-Stabilized Zirconia restorations. At LMT LAB DAY, it also announced three specials, effective until July 31, 2016:
A free titanium scan body with your first milled custom abutment order; the scan bodies are engraved with the implant type for easy identification.
A free scan body kit with the purchase of an Optimet Scanner. A $1,925 value, the kit includes 70 scan bodies—two per implant system—for 35 implants of your choice plus an implant library.
Special abutment pricing: $99 for a titanium abutment and $109 for hybrid abutments; both come with two free screws and you can submit .stl files or models.
Aurident also introduced Helling Anti-Glare 3-D Spray for laser scanning. Its uniform thin application layer eliminates pooling and clumping that can impact scan data accuracy and it’s easy to remove by brushing, air blowing...
Celebrating its 10-year anniversary of exhibiting at LMT LAB DAY Chicago, 3Shape launched a special campaign offer for laboratories that already own a 3Shape lab scanner: they can now purchase an additional 3Shape lab scanner and receive up to five years of 3Shape LABcare™—that includes training, unlimited software upgrades, access to more than 50 training videos and global support—for free. Two years of LABcare are included with every scanner purchase and the additional number of years depends on the scanner model you purchase: an extra three years for D750, R750, D850, R850, D900L and R900; an extra year for D1000 and D2000.
“Our new 3Shape ‘Pump up the volume’ campaign gives labs a cost-effective means to meet the growing demand for digital production while at the same time, staying up to date with our latest technology,” said Flemming Thorup, President and CEO at 3Shape.
During his lecture at LAB DAY, The Latest and Greatest Innovations from...
Zirkonzahn has expanded its milling unit line—which includes the upgradable M5 Milling Unit and the M1 Compact Line Milling Unit—with the new M4 Milling Unit. It’s equipped with built-in wet processing function and 5+1 simultaneous axes milling technology, making it easier to mill hard-to-reach areas such as undercuts and divergences.
Indicated for crowns, inlays, onlays, veneers and occlusally screw-retained bridges, attachments and bars, the unit can be used to mill zirconia, resin, wax, wood, sintered metal, cobalt chrome, titanium, Raw Abutments®, Bridge Rods, glass ceramics and composites. M4’s extra-large milling area is particularly suitable for the milling of models; up to 10 models or up to 20 complete full arches simultaneously.
The integrated tool changer function and the tool magazine allow the automatic exchange of up to 32 milling burs, enabling efficient workflow management. The M4 workpiece table has various holders. For instance, you can clamp...
DENTSPLY launched two new products at LMT LAB DAY:
The ATLANTIS CustomBase solution is a combination of an ATLANTIS patient-specific abutment and an ATLANTIS Core File with a screw access hole already indicated, providing a proper foundation for screw-retained restorations. Available for all major implant systems, and in titanium or gold-shaded titanium, the solution offers a customized emergence profile for soft-tissue esthetics, built-in anti-rotational features created by the patented ATLANTIS VAD (Virtual Abutment Design) software, and a retentive surface.
“By incorporating the new ATLANTIS CustomBase solution, laboratories can avoid all the confusion and any concerns related to the restriction for use of titanium blanks and titanium bases by dental laboratories who are non-510(k) holders to hand-milling only,” said Matt Gassel, Director of Marketing, DENTSPLY Implants North America. “This latest solution streamlines workflow efficiency and allows the laboratory...
Zahn Dental’s LMT LAB DAY Ballroom was bustling with attendees eager to see the company’s new line of open CAD/CAM equipment, Novux®, for printing, scanning and milling. The printing line includes the NX 3 Print and NX 4 Print printers and the NX 3D Print Box for post-curing. For scanning and milling, options include the NX100 scanner, NX Mill4 four-axis dry mill, NX Mill5 five-axis wet/dry mill and NXS-Plus and NX M-Therm sintering furnaces. The mills are designed for a wide variety of materials, including Zirlux®, Zirlux Acetal, BruxZir®, KATANA, wax, titanium and non-precious metals. Distributed in Belgium by Arseus Lab, the system is now available in the U.S. through Zahn Dental.
The company also expanded its comprehensive Zirlux line with Zirlux 16+. These pre-shaded zirconia discs and blocks correlate with the 16 classical VITA shades as well as white and bleach shades. Demonstrating greater than 44% translucency and a flexural strength of 1,200MPa, Zirlux...
In order to offer a comprehensive suite of CAD/CAM solutions for digital dentistry, Digital Dental Lab and Dental Laboratory Milling Supplies have merged to form Digital Dental. Headquartered in Scottsdale, AZ, the new company offers the leading brands of Crystal® Zirconia, Dental Mill machines and SinterMax ovens.
The four founders—Scott and Anna Atkin of Dental Laboratory Milling Supplies and Kim and Cameron Karpowitz of Digital Dental Lab—have been working closely for years; all are staying on at the new company and are excited about the growth opportunities ahead.
“We are entirely focused on being partners with our customers,” said Kim Karpowitz. “I believe this merger uniquely positions us to continue our leadership role in milled full contour posterior, anterior and implant restorations.”
The merger transaction also provides new capital for growth. It was arranged and led by St. Louis-based Villhard Growth Partners (VGP) which specializes...
Many thanks to the following LMT LAB DAY Chicago 2016 exhibitors for their generous door prize donations awarded to 59 lucky attendees totaling over $15,400. And the winners are . . .
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Digital technology product lines continue to expand and this year’s attendees got the first look at new scanners, 3D printers, milling units and software options, as well as a host of new materials.
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Thomas Wade, CDT, explains his alternative next-day technique for converting a conventional denture into a screw-retained immediate-load provisional.
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The LMT staff is still on a high from LMT® LAB DAY® Chicago at the end of February. We had record-breaking attendance—4,163 people, up from 3,501 last year! Attendees came from 49 states plus Washington, D.C. and 58 different countries—that’s 15 more than in 2015—making it a decidedly international affair.
The mood was upbeat among exhibitors and attendees alike. With the bigger exhibit hall and clinic rooms and open lobby (and Big Bar!), there’s much more elbow room at the Hyatt. It’s conducive to meeting old friends, having meaningful conversations and learning about new technology.
LMT Editors were around the town to find out what’s on the minds of laboratory owners, managers and technicians. Many of the trends we’ve spotted over the last couple of years continue to play out; here’s an overview:
3D printing. As the technology evolves, printers are getting more affordable and material options and applications are expanding....
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Is the number of U.S. labs shrinking?
Yes. The number of U.S. laboratories grew steadily from the late 1930s, peaking at approximately 11,500 labs in 1995. That number held pretty steady through the mid-2000s and then began a slow decline. Today there are just about 8,000 labs, including in-house labs; this figure is not expected to hold steady since more boomers will be retiring over the next 10 years.
How many laboratory owners will retire in the next five years?
Just over one-third of laboratory owners plan to retire by 2020. The most popular exit strategies are selling off their equipment and shutting their doors or selling to an unrelated third party, such as a competitor or laboratory group.
How many laboratories have in-house digital fabrication equipment?
58% of respondents to LMT’s 2015 State of the Industry Survey offer digitally fabricated restorations. Of that percentage:
78% have at least one scanner
59% have at least one milling machine
24% have at least...
With LMT’s LAB DAY Chicago right around the corner—February 26 and 27—it’s time to finalize your plans to get the most out of our industry’s biggest, busiest show! Here’s a look at some of the special promotions, raffles and demonstrations available inside the LAB DAY Exhibit Hall.
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At the 12th Annual DLOAC CAD/CAM Expo and Symposium, LMT got a first-hand look at more esthetic materials, new software upgrades, more powerful equipment, and more!