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exocad GmbH is now integrated with 3M®/Steinbichler® and Renishaw® scanners; labs that own these systems can upgrade to an exocad-based system for only the cost of the software.
In addition, exocad has a new touch-enabled user interface, compatible with Windows 8 devices. An enhancement to the TruSmile® add-on module allows realistic per-tooth rendering for different metal alloys and ceramics, providing the dentist with a valuable tool to increase patient acceptance of a proposed restorative design.
Note to any Lab Day Chicago attendees who tried to attend exocad’s clinics,...
After years of speculation, CAD/CAM came to fruition in the dental laboratory in 1998 with the official U.S. launch of the Procera® AllCeram Crown, featuring an aluminum oxide coping milled at Nobel Biocare’s production facility in Sweden. The success of Procera—and the introduction of a dozen new in-lab milling systems in the early 2000s—fueled intense interest among laboratory owners and made CAD/CAM the hot topic for the unforeseeable future.
The automated manufacturing process afforded an efficient, consistent method of production and also opened the door to using zirconia,...
- December 2013
LMT attends the DLOAC CAD/CAM Expo and Symposium to bring you
the latest developments in digital dentistry. The theme? Automation continues to streamline, simplify and improve...
- November 2013
I've been traveling around the country this season and have visited a number of laboratories, manufacturers and educational institutions. As I was passing through Pennsylvania, I stopped to visit Strategy Milling. ~Judy Fishman, Publisher, LMT
- April 2013
All-ceramics, implants, profit erosion and other hot topics inspired dialogue during the biggest weekend of the year.
To meet the needs of the changing landscape of the dental laboratory industry, Argen has heavily invested in future technologies and expanded its product line to include digital solutions. "Our vision is to supply laboratories with products that can expand their product offerings. We feel that the more product options a laboratory can offer its clients, the better the chance of growing its business," explained Anton Woolf, CEO of the Argen Corp.
Argen introduced a suite of new products and services at the show:
ArgenZ: ArgenZ zirconia discs are available in two compositions: ArgenZ Esthetic offers...
- March 2013
Six ways proactive laboratory owners are keeping their customer relationships strong and the cases flowing in.
- October 2012
The majority of respondents to LMT's 2012 Fee Survey are delaying fee increases in the face of price-cutting competition and declining caseloads.
- September 2012
By knowing your product and standardizing your techniques—and sticking to them—you can be successful in processing titanium restorations.
- May 2012
John Maguire of Maguire Refining looks at the factors behind the skyrocketing cost of gold and the four types of investors driving the demand.
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Eleven years after purchasing Choate Ceramic Laboratory, Co-Owners Jimmy Durham, David Fitch, CDT, and Alton Trotter, CDT, moved out of their ceramic comfort zone and into the realm of removables.
- April 2012
Noritake Dental Supply Co., Limited has integrated with Kuraray Medical Inc. The two companies will become Kuraray Noritake Dental Inc. and the U.S. representative of Noritake products will be Kuraray America, Inc.
- December 2011
Vident to Back Its Material Quality and Content with IdentAlloy and IdentCeram Certificates
- November 2011
In September, prompted by an invitation from ProLab Solutions, LMT's Judy Fishman, along with industry peers, visited two Chinese dental laboratories
- October 2011
Now more than ever, laboratory owners are stepping into the role of educator to their clients.
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- April 2011
In November, Nobel Biocare acquired BioCad Medical, Inc., a developer of computer-aided software for prosthetic design, and formed an exclusive partnership with Optimet, an Israel-based provider of optical measuring solutions. As a result, Nobel Biocare is introducing new software and the new NobelProcera scanner that can scan impressions as well as models while also expanding the material and restorative options of the Procera System. LMT talks with Hans Geiselhoringer, global head of Procera at Nobel Biocare, about these developments.
LMT: How will the acquisition of BioCad Medical affect...
The Argen Corp. acquired the Jelenko dental alloy business from Heraeus Kulzer, Inc. Argen is incorporating the business into its San Diego, California facility but will maintain the Jelenko brand name for the alloys.
Dentsply partners with Chinese laboratory to offer restorations to U.S. laboratory customers.
In this exclusive LMT interview, Jim Glidewell, owner of Glidewell Dental Laboratories, shares why he got involved in research and development, the challenges it presents, and what he and his staff have in the works.
Are you getting the most from your precious metal scrap? Or are valuable dollars literally slipping through your fingers? Refiners share their hints for maximizing your scrap returns and elaborate on their services.
Establish regular scrap collection procedures and be diligent about sticking to them.
Look at all sources that may contain precious metal scrap like bridges, crowns, inlays, clasps, grindings, casting splash, sludge, sweeps, vacuum bags, crucibles, towels, rugs and ventilation systems. Even molds and investment waste can take in small amounts of gold during casting.
Rising steadily since 2001, the price of gold has soared to record highs this year, driven by the weak U.S. dollar and ongoing economic uncertainty. On March 13, it reached a true milestone, hitting $1,000 an ounce.
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OSHA requires you to provide a safe workplace for your technicians, but sorting through its regulations can be daunting. SafeLink's Mary Borg cuts through the red tape and details which three OSHA regulations are most violated...
In the fall, Congress extended the Research and Experimentation Tax Credit Program through 2011. In addition, there are other key changes to the program that may make it more advantageous for labs.
LMT talks with Hans Geiselhoringer, global head of Procera at Nobel Biocare, about the acquisition of BioCad Medical Inc. and the NobelProcera's new capabilities.