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LMT welcomed several new exhibitors to LAB DAY including: Scheftner Dental Alloys is a German manufacturer of non-precious metal alloys. Their focus is on conventional casting alloys, milling blanks and CoCr-powder for SLM/SLS technologies. The company sells direct to laboratories and production centers and is also currently looking for U.S. dealers. For more information, visit www.scheftner24.de. Making its U.S. debut at LMT LAB DAY, Robots and Design was founded in 1999 in Korea and manufactures milling machines. The MAXX DR100 machines zirconia, PMMA, wax, glass ceramic and resin and features a high-speed spindle and automatic tool changer. The MAXX DM100 mills models, metal and zirconia materials. Both units offer dry and wet milling and come in four- and five-axis models. For information, visit www.rnd.re.kr.Also making its U.S. debut at the show, China-based Shining 3D offers the AutoScan series of 3D scanners. The AutoScan-DS uses white light technology to scan a full arch...
LMT LAB DAY is always the place for new U.S. product launches and this year didn’t disappoint: attendees got the first look at new lab and intraoral scanners, 3D printers and milling units; digital fabrication materials, such as zirconia for anterior use and PEEK; and solutions for removable prostheses, including some digital fabrication processes.
3D BioCAD introduced the TruMill line of precision wet milling machines. The X550 is a five-axis unit for fabricating copings, bars, zirconia, IPS e.max and abutments in ceramic and metal, and the X440 is a four-axis unit for IPS e.max, PMMA, wax and Lava™ Ultimate. For more information, call 877-TRUE-FIT (878-3348) or visit www.3dbiocad.com.
Axsys Dental Solutions offered a sneak peek at the new Versamill 5XS, an industrial-quality mill with a small footprint that was officially launched at the IDS. The open, five-axis mill can be used for wet or dry machining of wax, zirconia, PMMA, glass ceramic, lithium disilicate,...
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Seeing the impending boom of digital technology, Anton Woolf, CEO of Argen Corp., conceived a plan to reinvent the company and its product offerings to meet the needs of the changing marketplace. The result? The Argen Digital Center.
“In the U.S., dentists and labs tend to be divorced; they need to get remarried. We’re a team and we need to understand each other better,” said Gordon Christensen, DDS, MSD, PhD, during his keynote address at the Argen Corp.’s Future of Digital Dentistry event in November.
- October 2014
Laboratory Owner Michael Suris has recently started using Strategy Milling©’s services to mill full contour gold crowns and bridges for Dental Professional Labs, Inc. in Merrillville, IN. He offers a step-by-step look at fabricating a milled gold posterior crown.
A 2014 Fee Survey participant from the Midwest—who prefers to remain anonymous—offers a thoughtful take on how the rampant price competition on full contour zirconia restorations is negatively affecting the bottom line of many laboratories. Here’s what he had to say:
In the early 1980s, the price of gold skyrocketed and non-precious alloy showed up on the scene. Since it was a cheap metal, most labs didn’t even add the cost of the metal into the crown fee. However, they weren’t thinking about the revenue they had been making on gold alloys—or about the increase in labor because non-precious takes longer to finish—so their profitability suffered.
A similar trend is happening with FCZ. In many laboratories, FCZ is cannibalizing their PFM work and the labs are losing the alloy revenue. And, as the economy has declined, so has the price of FCZ: the $99 FCZ was born, quickly gained market penetration and the race to the bottom began. Many labs...
- August 2014
The R&E Tax Credit rewards companies investing resources in the development or improvement of its products, processes and techniques. If you qualify, you could receive a credit of $25,000 to $50,000 per year depending on your situation.
- April 2014
KDF introduced two new products at the show:
Cascom SE Casting Machine offers high-frequency alloy induction heating and vacuum and pressure casting. It doesn’t use flame during the melting process so the alloy doesn’t absorb gas, minimizing porosity and creating a smooth surface. The unit is user-friendly, simple to operate and offers a fast casting for various types of alloys.
Zircom Sintering Furnace features a molybdenum disilicide heater that provides clean, reliable and consistent results. Compact and user friendly, the unit works with a variety of zirconia materials and features an LED display with 100 programmable courses (20 steps).
For more information, call 310-320-6633, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.kdfus.com.
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, Why is Everyone Talking About exocad?: Options from your Current CAD/CAM System and For Advanced and Experienced exocad Users, between 1:00-3:00pm on Saturday: these clinics were actually presented earlier in the day; there was a misprint in the Show Program Guide. As a consideration to those attendees, exocad is offering a free full-day training session on June 14 at exocad’s test lab in...
- March 2014
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, the strongest material on the market for all-ceramic restorations; other material options, depending on the system, included aluminum oxide, lithium disilicate, composite, gold, non-precious alloys, reinforced ceramic-based materials and titanium.
As the number of systems on the market multiplied, laboratory owners who wanted to get on board grappled with purchasing decisions. Some opted to...
- 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 a high level of translucency and esthetics for full contour restorations and ArgenZ Ultra is made for strength, ideal for frameworks and custom abutments. Both are available in 98-mm stepped discs in a number of thicknesses ranging from 10mm to 25mm that easily fit most major mills.
Digital Captek: laboratories with any open architecture, iTero™ or Sirona™ Connect scanner can now...
- March 2013
- 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
- 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.
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
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- 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 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.
Dentsply partners with Chinese laboratory to offer restorations to U.S. laboratory customers.
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