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“We knew we could no longer build a value proposition around technology that can be procured by anyone,” says Lab Owner Mike Hill. Read about his strategies for engaging clients on a new level.
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Three years ago, CAP (formerly Custom Automated Prosthetics) began developing software to make its milling center as efficient as possible. Its goal: to automate many of the steps between each process of the CAD/CAM workflow and eliminate duplicate data entry into their lab management software and again in the scanning department.
The result: CAPZilla, a workflow automation platform that streamlines many functions within the digital fabrication process. For example:
A barcode scan of the work ticket at the model and die scan station adds all essential information into all the appropriate data fields, saving time and eliminating human error at this step.
Once scanned, a designer can scan the work ticket or select the case in the CAPZilla case overview list. The prescription and customer design preferences are displayed and then the order is opened in 3Shape Designer. After the design is complete, CAPZilla automatically moves the case to milling or prompts the designer to produce...LMT Communications, Inc. · October 15 at 2:52 pm
The grand opening of Panthera Dental’s U.S. office featured numerous announcements regarding the company’s growth, new restorative solutions and commitment to sleep apnea treatment.
The results of LMT’s State of Digital Technology 2015 survey are in! Eighty percent of respondents rate their all-ceramic workload as “good” or “booming.”
As part of our ongoing State of the Industry 2015 coverage, LMT Editors visited the world’s largest dental show to bring you the scoop on the latest product and process innovations worldwide—including digital dentures, laser milling and more—and what else is coming down the pike for the U.S. market.
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Industry icon Jim Glidewell shares his perspective on the future of our industry, including restorative trends, the biggest challenges you’ll face and strategies to ensure your laboratory’s success.
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Awhile back we had an online debate, via LMTmag.com, about what’s good, better, best when it comes to man-made or machine-engineered restorations. By now, it seems the answer is clear: both. In the same way “art versus science” was the community debate of the 1980s and 90s, I think most technicians would agree that, ideally, it’s a blend.
At LAB DAY this year—as well as at the IDS in Cologne—exactly what became clear is that we mortals have been forced to recognize that machines are, and forever forward will be, our creative partners for many things, including the creation of prosthetics. There was an acceptance and understanding among attendees that being a player means incorporating advanced technologies into the laboratory environment.
Though there were a number of product introductions—among them, lab and intraoral scanners, 3D printers and milling units, digital fabrication materials and digital solutions for removable prostheses—stronger,...
The Pala Digital Denture System from Heraeus Kulzer uses CAD and 3D software to fabricate dentures with an ideal fit and esthetics with a processing time of 10 days or less. Here’s how it works:
The dentist uses the Pala Digital Denture tray system which enables him to take the impression, vertical dimension and centric relation in a single visit.
The lab scans the impression and uploads it to Heraeus Kulzer’s Pala Digital Design Center. The try-in is digitally articulated, the teeth are setup and customized, and an anatomically correct try-in is printed.
Once the try-in is approved by the patient and doctor, the lab sends it back to the Pala Digital Design Center to be processed by Heraeus Kulzer’s proprietary injection process.
Labs must become a Pala Partner to offer Pala Digital Dentures. “As dental practices come to appreciate how powerfully our digital dentures can enhance both their productivity and their patient satisfaction, they’ll want to...
EGS, which was acquired by Heraeus Kulzer GmbH in October, presented updates for its two core products:
DentalCad 4 software now features a new “DentalCad Touch Screen” working mode, powerful wax-up functions, angled implant support, and deformation and sculpting tools.
The latest generation of the DScan 3 scanner features a unique “ghost cover”—a clear, plastic cover that allows you to see the inner components of the unit. Its blue structured light technology allows for faster and more accurate 3D scanning of the model. It works with the verticulator tool in order to scan the models in occlusion and the entire verticulator in a certain and repeatable position. Due to its new high quality optical detectors and mechanical components and the latest-generation PC installed directly in the scanner case, it operates in all light conditions, even capturing semi-reflecting objects.
For more information, visit www.egsolutions.com/en/.
Dental Wings introduced its first intraoral 3D scanner. The lightweight DWIO (Dental Wings Intra-Oral) is similar in size to existing dental handpieces and features Multiscan Imaging™ 3D scanning technology that allows for five LED projectors and 10 cameras in a very small scanning tip and captures data from many angles at once. A luminescent ring on the handpiece as well as audible signals indicate when scan data is successfully captured allowing the clinician to stay focused in the mouth while scanning. The DWOS platform allows seamless connection between laboratory and dentist.
The company also presented:
Its upgraded DWOS 5 software that features a full denture design application and live remote connectivity between lab and clinician, called Synergy, for implant planning and prosthetic design. In addition, the software incorporates several important upgrades including: customizable photo-realistic renderings; a new, modern iconography; context-sensitive online help; and a new,...
Stratasys introduced the Objet Eden260VS Dental Advantage printer. Equal to the company’s 260V model in size and performance, the 260VS offers PolyJet technology with a soluble support material that dissolves easily from tiny cavities, reducing hands-on labor and reaching internal voids that water-jetting can miss.
The printer is used to fabricate stone models, surgical guides, veneer or denture try-ins, and delivery trays, and can be used with four materials: VeroDent, a natural peach-tone material; VeroDentPlus, a dark beige material; VeroGlaze, an opaque material with A2 shading and medically approved for up to 24-hour placement in the mouth; and MED610 Clear Bio-compatible for printing in-lab surgical guides and delivery trays.
For more details, call 952-937-3000 or visit www.stratasys.com.
Two new products were featured at the Cadblu booth this year:
Vivid XT Zirconia is 50% stronger than lithium disilicate and can be used for single crowns, onlays, inlays and three-unit bridges (fully anatomic or reduced). Made in the U.S., it features certified Tosoh powders, 600 MPa and is fully biocompatible.
3D Systems’ new ProJet 3510 DPPro 3D printer of which Cadblu is a distributor; click here for details.
For more information, call 212-481-8700 or visit www.cadblu.com.
Zahn Dental highlighted its range of offerings in the Exhibit Hall and its LAB DAY Ballroom:
It showcased its new relationship with 360imaging®—a U.S. leader of computer-guided dental surgery—to offer 360imaging’s state-of-the-art, proprietary treatment planning software, 360dps, and surgical guide manufacturing, training and support services to dental laboratories. The integrated suite of software, hardware and services can help increase the efficiency of participating laboratories’ digital workflow and strengthen their presence in the dental surgery segment.
In addition to an already robust digital material offering, Zahn is now the exclusive distributor of Glidewell’s BruxZir products and the company showcased its additional BruxZir® Zirconia products as well as new BruxZir Anterior. For more information on BruxZir Anterior, click here.
Thanks to a new distribution agreement, Zahn Dental now distributes 3D Systems’ micro-SLA ProJet® 1200...
Valplast International Corp. previewed its new solution for fabricating digital dentures for existing CAD/CAM users. Platinum 3D enables labs to scan, design and manufacture digital full dentures in-house without the need to outsource any components and use the scanning, milling or printing equipment of their choice.
The Platinum 3D product line features Valplast’s new Platinum Series brand of multi-layered, nano-filled PMMA denture teeth, and a digital library of 3D tooth models that will be made available to all Platinum 3D denture tooth customers. The digital tooth library will be made available first to 3Shape clients for use with their full denture design module. Other systems are also being explored for use with the new digital tooth library.
Here’s how it works: the lab imports the denture tooth library into its CAD software and designs the denture. Then, the lab can mill a final resin denture base with sockets for the Valplast denture teeth which are cemented into the...
3D Systems (3DS) debuted the latest printer in its MultiJet line, the ProJet 3510 DPPro, that prints precision waxups; durable implant drill guides; temperature-resistant, thermo-formable orthodontic patterns; and crown and bridge molds interchangeably, with speed. It provides round-the-clock printing capabilities and features a large build volume, low-maintenance operation, a small footprint and a five-year print head warranty.
3DS also announced that Henry Schein, Inc. will market and sell 3DS’ micro-SLA ProJet 1200 and the ProJet 3510 DPPro as part of its digital dental laboratory offering. The deal expands 3DS’ reach to Henry Schein’s customers in the U.S., Canada, France, Germany, Australia and Thailand.
For more information, visit www.3dsystems.com.
exocad made three announcements about its DentalCAD software:
It’s now compatible with Carestream Dental’s CS 3500 intraoral scanner, allowing labs to collaborate with dental practices that use the system. Using dentalshare, exocad’s cloud service, labs and clinicians can communicate more quickly and transfer even large, complex cases in minimal time.
A new interface for ordering DENTSPLY Implants’ ATLANTIS™ patient-specific abutments provides labs with an improved digital workflow including expedited order completion and cost-savings.
Attendees also got a sneak peek of an update coming in the second half of the year. Exocad DentalCAD users will have an automated import of the ATLANTIS Abutment Core file, a digital file of the total case including the outer surface of the ATLANTIS Abutment that allows the technician to design a temporary or final crown before the final ATLANTIS Abutment is delivered.
For more information, call 855-396-4223 or visit www.exocad.com.
LAB DAY attendees got their first look at Glidewell Laboratories’ CloudPoint, a line of equipment, software and services that offers an economical means of transitioning to the CAD/CAM production of full contour restorations. The entire digital workflow is cloud-based, so it doesn’t require in-house IT support, server space or other technological resources typically required to go digital. Labs only need an internet connection to get started.
The CloudPoint System includes:
CloudPoint FastScan™, a high-resolution, high-speed scanner that simultaneously scans the solid model, and opposing model and die on an open-air scanning platform that accommodates large articulators. After scanning, cases are automatically uploaded to the cloud, where they can be designed by the lab or forwarded to an experienced CAD/CAM specialist at the Glidewell Outsource Milling Center.
For labs that choose to design restorations in house, the CloudPoint FastDesign™ software includes a complete...
“We strive to develop product solutions to help dental professionals in providing better patient treatment,” said Tais Clausen, CTO and Co-Founder of 3Shape during a press conference in Chicago where he unveiled the company’s latest innovations:
New additions and updates to the company’s D-Series desktop lab scanner line. The new D1000 and D2000 feature multi-line scanning technology, a proprietary technology shown to increase scanning speeds by 30%. The D2000’s larger interior has room for two models and can scan upper and lower models, bite and dies in one scan. Updated versions of the D750 and D850 feature a new technology platform combined with a larger interior space and blue LED for reduced scan noise.
The new Dental System 2015 introduces several new dental sculpting tools, a streamlined design process, simplified order form, boosted scanning speeds, and more restorative component libraries and compatibility integrations with third-party manufacturers....
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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We are all still swept up in the vortex of transition to all things digital; while overwhelming, it is also exhilarating. You know exactly what I mean if, like me, you just returned from LMT LAB DAY 2015+ or the IDS in Cologne!
Many of those I spoke to at the show are convinced that great opportunities are out there for them. They know, however, that to recognize their path, they must be ever alert to market trends and product/technology capabilities.
Their conviction, along with the need to have a “student” mentality (persistently learning new ways to do things) is, in itself, a good road map to follow. We know for sure that technology is continuing to evolve—rapidly—which means we must also be willing to continue changing the ways we work.
However, I also believe we can count on two other “givens.” One—as I mentioned last month—is the growing focus on affordable dentistry. In Chicago, the question of price points came up time and again:...
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.
The first part of LMT’s comprehensive, multi-issue State of the Industry 2015 coverage offers an in-depth look at the key trends impacting laboratory operators today.
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The digital transition in labs is not just about fabrication processes; the operational side of the lab business is changing too. Speakers at the 2014 DLOAC Meeting look at the continuously evolving role of the technician. Also: new products announced at the show.
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“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.
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LMT taps into the expertise of 20 laboratory owners and managers from all size labs who’ve successfully incorporated digital technology into their operations, offering real-life experiences and tips on what we all wish we would have known before taking the plunge.
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