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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?
“During our 13-year history, 3Shape has had a strong and continuous focus on R&D. In fact, 40% of our staff members are involved in R&D. It’s our calling, our DNA,” said Flemming Thorup, President and CEO of 3Shape during his opening remarks at the company’s press conference in Chicago.
One of the latest developments is the D900L scanner featuring a larger interior for scanning fully articulated models and large impression trays. The company also launched the Dental System™ 2014 which is available to all 3Shape Dental System™ subscribers as part of their...
In this steb-by-step case study, Jonathan Brooks, CDT, MDT, demonstrates how he uses the Sirona inLab system with his Smile-Vision Template TechniqueTM.
- 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...
- October 2013
Christian Saurman, Vice President, New England Orthodontic Laboratory (NEO), Wilmington, MA, has implemented tools on his website to make case submission simple.
- September 2013
Thanks to the advent of digital technology, many laboratory owners and managers are discovering new business models and finding ways to reinvent their businesses and reinvigorate their careers. Here are the stories of three lab owners/managers who have done so using Sirona Dental, Inc.'s CEREC Acquistion Centers, Sirona Connect.
- November 2012
Specializing in implant borne prosthetics, Midwest Dental Arts has discovered a technique to improve soft tissue management that we want to share. This is the first of a 2-part article that illustrates how to create a soft tissue model, using an iTero milled model with the Straumann Repositionable Implant Analog. The restorative dentist removes the healing
cap from the dental implant, places a Mono Scanbody and takes a digital impression. The healing cap results in a perfect 360° circle of the soft tissue and the technician determines
where to place the cement finish line on the customized abutment....
- June 2012
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Claus Dampmann, General Manager, ProLab Solutions, Inc. provides a counter viewpoint to those who have concerns about the materials being used in China.
- March 2012
3Shape Co-Founder Tais Clausen offers advice for maximizing your competitive edge and taking advantage of positive market trends.
- January 2012
- October 2011
Now more than ever, laboratory owners are stepping into the role of educator to their clients.
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- June 2011
Four laboratories share their strategies for showing current and prospective clients alike they are much more than just a crown in a box.
Align Technology, Inc. announces that Cadent's orthodontic full-arch scanning process can now be used with Invisalign treatment.
- May 2011
Now in his second year at the University of Louisville School of Dentistry, technician-turned-dental student Eric Nunnally identifies the trends he sees in today\\\'s dental studentsâyour future clients.
- April 2011
LMT kicks off a new series looking at trends that will shape the lab of the future. The topic this time: the top three digital technologies that will have the greatest impact in the next five years.
Straumannâthe exclusive distributor of the Cadent iTero Digital Impression System in Europeânow has non-exclusive distribution rights to market the system in North America.
Themed Future Ready, Zahn Dental's 2009 Leadership Summit offered a comprehensive look at the transformation of our industry and how emerging technologies are changing the way laboratories operate on all levels.
Five industry leaders - George Benson of Americus, Dave Brown of National Dentex, Paolo Kalaw of Dental Technologies, Inc., George Obst of Dental Services Group and Fred Walke of MicroDental - join LMT for a lively round-table discussion that centers
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Hindsight is 20/20: Laboratory owners who have designed new facilities share the things they would do differently if they were building again.
LMT attends the annual Dental Trade Alliance meeting in Lake Tahoe where keynote speaker Malcolm Gladwell, best-selling author of The Tipping Point, spoke to over 300 manufacturers and suppliers.
We dreamed about it in the 70s. Talked about it in the 80s. Got a taste of it in the 90s. And, in the new millennium, weâre transitioning to digital technologies at breakneck speed.
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Dental Services Group's annual meeting is well-regarded for its open environment and sense of camaraderie among the laboratories. With the theme, Gateway to the Future, this year's event emphasized management and leadership, new technology and custom
No other specialty has been impacted by CAD/CAM technology more than C&B. Digitization has transformed this department over the last decade, allowing laboratory owners to streamline lab processes.