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DTG celebrates the sharing of knowledge and techniques among its members to enhance everyone’s skills. This philosophy was palpable at the second annual DTG Symposium in August, which included the first ever World Mixed Dental Arts Championship competition.
A record-breaking crowd welcomed LMT’s LAB DAY East to its new Atlantic City, NJ venue on September 19. More than 1,020 attendees flocked to the Atlantic City Convention Center for a jam-packed day of education, networking and comparison shopping.
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Since its debut 25 years ago, LMT’s LAB DAY West has grown from a regional show with 800 attendees to the largest dental laboratory trade show on the West Coast and a truly international event. This year’s show in Garden Grove, CA, drew 1,706 laboratory owners, managers and technicians, hailing from 27 states and 10 other countries.
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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.”
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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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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...
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/.
Datron Dynamics’ new FIT (Fully Integrated Technology) program is an all-inclusive CAD/CAM package that helps laboratories hit the ground running when investing in new technology. Datron installs a turn-key production center for screw-retained and fixed restorations in your laboratory and a fixed monthly payment over five years helps forecast all associated costs for a predictable ROI.
In addition to a five-year lease on the Datron D5 mill and scan system, the FIT package also includes hyperDENT CAM software with a CAM-specific PC, Datron milling templates and implant libraries, and five years of license renewals; preparation of your facility, including a power transformer and compressor; initial and follow-up on-site training; five years of preventative maintenance (an annual two-day visit from Datron), a remanufactured spindle and replacement of typical wear items; and a starter set of consumables including titanium and CoCr blanks, milling tools, and implant components (250...
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.
Zubler’s new pressable lithium disilicate, conceptPress, has a flexural strength of 420 MPa and is available in 2- and 3-gram pellets; the 2-gram ingot is ideal for one to two units, reducing waste and saving on material costs. Ideal for inlays, onlays, crowns, veneers and three-unit bridges, the biocompatible material offers natural translucency and fluorescence and comes in three levels of opacity:
conceptPress D Pellets are available in 16 VITA shades, three bleach shades and are ideal for the layering and staining technique.
conceptPress ID Pellets come in five colors and, because of their higher opacity, are ideal for frameworks.
conceptPress CT Pellets offer high translucency ideal for inlays and onlays.
Due to the low viscosity of the material, the formation of a reaction layer during pressing is minimized. This process is optimized by the patented Advanced PressTM technology in the Zubler Variopress 300.e press ceramic furnace.
The company also introduced DC Ceram™...
At LMT LAB DAY Chicago, B&D presented its three latest innovations:
The Origin Proteus 5x is a five-axis milling machine for dry milling zirconia and wax/PMMA and wet milling titanium, CrCo, glass ceramics and implant blanks. It has a small footprint, features highly accurate servo motors and has a one-disc holder. Also available: a four-axis model with a two-disc holder.
The Origin SmartCrown™ System (previously known as ProActive Crown), a cavity-fighting crown. A zirconia crown is milled and pockets are created in the mesial and distal sides of the crown while in the green (soft) stage. The pockets are filled with resin-modified glass ionomer that releases cavity-inhibiting fluoride ions into the interproximal areas. B&D is working with multiple laboratories in order to establish them as certified SmartCrown partners to provide this patents-pending technology.
ORIGIN Beyond zirconia offers a translucency similar to lithium disilicate. It has esthetic qualities combined...
LAB DAY attendees got a look at three new products from DOF USA, Chantilly, VA, which offers products from South Korean-based manufacturer DOF:
An upgrade of the Freedom Scanner, the Freedom HD features Stable Scan Stage scanning for scanning without use of a jig or fixture, an expanded scanning stage to easily scan any large or metal articulators, all-in-one scanning of upper and lower cases in a single step, an upgraded 2.0 megapixel camera and faster USB 3.0 processing.
Swing Scanner’s unique compact, open design also allows scanning of articulators. Compatible with Exoscan software, it offers fast USB 3.0 processing and a 1.3 megapixel camera. Both the Freedom HD and Swing scanners can scan implant scanbodies and output to any design platform.
Sharp 5-Axis Mill mills single abutments, screw-retained crowns and full arch implant bridges from zirconia, PMMA and wax. Its internal steel components improve milling speed and durability and the unit is upgradeable to wet-mill processing.
Launched as a milling center at LAB DAY Chicago 2010, Custom Automated Prosthetics (CAP) has expanded rapidly in the past five years. In addition to milling services, it now distributes a variety of digital equipment and materials and has recently entered into several new distribution agreements, further expanding its product line.
Most recently, CAP has started distributing a significant array of GC laboratory products; this is CAP’s latest foray into offering non-digital laboratory products. Also, since January, CAP has been Amann Girrbach (AG)’s premier partner in North America. Although not the exclusive distributor of AG products, CAP is the only distributor selling the complete line of AG equipment, material and tools, as well as enhancing training and customer support.
Among the products CAP showcased at the show:
The new CAP Z Complete, a 1,100-MPa, highly translucent zirconia, similar to CAP FZ. It comes in white discs with a complete green state coloring system. This...
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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CAP is now Amann Girrbach’s premier partner in North America, selling the complete line of AG equipment, material and tools, as well as enhancing training and customer support.
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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- December 2014
In September, exocad America acquired the dental assets of SensAble Dental and can now distribute and further develop SensAble’s software for designing metal and flexible partial denture frameworks.
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- November 2014
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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- September 2014
Nearly three quarters of respondents to LMT’s exclusive 2014 Wage Survey have taken cost-cutting measures related to personnel in the last two years, citing unpredictable workflows, pricing pressure from dentists and other low-cost labs, and an increase in business costs.
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- May 2014
Tra’ Chambers had no actual laboratory experience when he opened Express Dental Laboratory in Norman, OK in December 2012. Harnessing the efficiency of CAD/CAM technology, the lab touts a two- to three-day turnaround (or same-day for its mobile service) and generated over $300,000 in revenue during its first full year in business. Now, with a staff of seven, the lab serves 118 clients and 45% of its work is completely digital. Here’s more about the lab’s growth strategies:
LMT: What made you decide to open Express Dental Laboratory without any prior laboratory experience?
Tra' Chambers: After spending three years as the Chief Operating Officer of a multi-location dental practice, I had a good idea of what was important to a dentist’s success: for one thing, it’s cash flow. I realized that if a laboratory could provide crowns to dentists in three days or less, it would improve the doctors’ cash flow significantly because they would get insurance...
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- April 2014
Argen Digital introduced its High Noble SLM substructures built from their popular Argedent Euro alloy containing 40% Au, 40% Pd and available in up to six units. “We are the only company in the world to offer High Noble, Noble and Non-Precious substructures fabricated with Selective Laser Melting Technology,” said Ashley Skitt, Marketing Manager.
The company also introduced ArgenPMMA Temps available in 16 Classic VITA shades, one bleach shade and five transitional shades. Precision milled from the lab’s supplied .stl file, these full contour temporaries are available in single up to 14 units in two business days.
Other new services from Argen Digital include:
Restorations milled or printed in ArgenWAX, a hybrid wax/plastic material that’s suitable for pressing all-ceramic full contour crowns, full gold casting and wax tops for press-to-metal or press-to-zirconia restorations. ArgenWAX discs will be available soon.
Printed digital models available in single die,...