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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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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 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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It was LMT’s biggest LAB DAY yet. Just over 3,500 attendees came to the industry’s busiest, most exciting event of the year to learn at 367 educational courses, shop an energy-packed exhibit hall with 241 companies, and network and catch up with their peers.
The show’s new home, the Hyatt Regency Chicago, won rave reviews from the crowd. The hotel offered more room for education and a spacious new exhibit hall that featured wider walking aisles, an attendee café and a green park-like area that featured benches where attendees could meet and recharge—literally, at a 12-unit charging station for smartphones, tablets and laptops.
Watch for LMT’s April issue as we share the inside show scoop on breaking news and the latest product launches.
Don’t miss LMT LAB DAY 2016, again at the Hyatt Regency Chicago, on February 26-27.
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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- April 2014
LMT’s 30th annual LAB DAY Chicago—the largest dental laboratory show in North America—was a record-breaker with 3,236 attendees and sold-out exhibit space. For the first time since we moved to a two-day format in 2011, the Exhibit Hall was as flooded on Friday as it was on Saturday!
Packed with energy and enthusiasm, attendees (from 53 countries and 49 states) told us they greatly appreciated the excellent manufacturer-sponsored programs—over 300 concurrent sessions in all—because they focused on practical education and information rather than on pushing product sales.
“I have been coming to LAB DAY since 2008. It’s an exciting place to meet lab technicians from all over the world,” said Mark Urlaub, Owner, Precision Dental, Omaha, NE. “You get to see the latest and greatest technology, meet sales reps, network and earn CE credits. I always learn new tips and tricks at LAB DAY; it’s a great place to perfect your technique!”
- April 2013
All-ceramics, implants, profit erosion and other hot topics inspired dialogue during the biggest weekend of the year.
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- August 2012
For me, one of the greatest highs of our LAB DAY shows is returning home afterwards, brim-full of new ideas, juiced with the energy and creative strategies I pick up from you—our participants and clinicians—when I hear your presentations or we meet on the show floor.
One thing I noticed this year in particular is that the level of competitiveness among vendors at the show has ratcheted up several notches. It was Show- and-Tell in all its glory.
For example, all of the vendors on the Ballroom Level had elaborate displays, fantastic videos, excellent presentations and mouthwatering spreads. For sure, no one went hungry at this LAB DAY.
Sirona doubled its impact—its 27-1/2-year Cerec Anniversary event in Las Vegas is this August—by featuring dressed-to-the-hilt Las Vegas showgirls complete with peacock-like feather headdresses (if you were there, you couldn't miss them)! Core3D brought us the ever-so-sleek-and-sexy Women in Black. Banners hung from walls and jockeyed...
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- April 2012
The Harvest Dental Laboratory Products' exhibit table was hopping all weekend thanks to an impressive lineup of master ceramists. Jungo Endo, RDT; Thomas Singh, MDT; Peter Pizzi, MDT; Nondas Vlachopoulos, CDT; Joshua Polansky, MDT; and Richard Pavlak, MDT, gave hands-on demonstrations of the company's newest products, including two launched at LAB DAY:
• The Signature Brush Line, manufactured by ceramic brush and accessory company M.P.F., features four brushes developed by and named after Endo, Singh, Pizzi and Vlachopoulos. Each ceramist used his signature brush during his demonstration.
• Inspired by Peter Pizzi, MDT, the Evolution Ceramic Palette features a new, sleek design and comes equipped with a slide-in, retractable, 18-well stain tray and an integrated utility sponge. The ceramic powders stay in optimal working condition thanks to the powder-wetting technology, a combination of a polished glass slab and an absorbent material that pulls water from the reservoir underneath....
"For the next 20 years, 10,000 people will reach the age of 65 on a daily basis," said Max Sturm, President of Candulor, during a press conference at LAB DAY. "In addition, 12% of all dentures are now implant supported and we expect to see 6.5% growth in this area next year."
To meet this increasing demand and help laboratories fabricate esthetic and functional dentures, the company announced several new removable products, including:
• Bite Fork--an instrument for checking the correct position of the occlusal plane--has been reworked and is now available in a set with four removable vertical pins.
• Tooth Sieve is a time-saving aid for sorting, boiling out and cleaning single teeth.
• Strong, elastic and transparent Silicone Mixing Bowls for acrylic feature a suction cup on the bottom to prevent sliding and come in three sizes.
• New products for dentists, including the Clinical Instrument Set that helps dentists provide the laboratory with necessary denture measurements,...
LAB DAY 2012 could easily be labeled "The Reinvention Convention." Laboratory owners and managers are more engaged than ever in finding new ways to reinvigorate their businesses
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Phillip Marashian (right), PTC's Operations Manager, stands ready to answer questions while Dale Mercer, Bluetooth Dental Arts, Alberta, Canada, flips through the company's latest training tool, the TechGuide. A companion to PTC's TechMaster Training DVDs, the TechGuide is a combined manual and workbook that takes technicians step-by-step through each module on the DVDs. It includes exercises and hands-on practical work to test
comprehension; a hardcover instructor's version with answers is also available. For details, call PTC at 800-448-8855 or visit www.ptcdental.com.
LAB DAY Chicago was the official North American launch of Straumann CARES Visual 7.0. This is the first Straumann system built with Dental Wings Open Software (DWOS™) as the core software, the result of a partnership between the two companies formed last year.
"This partnership improves the customer experience and means labs can now invest in a CAD/CAM system without the fear of being locked in to a single manufacturer. This is a completely open system that offers users the flexibility to fabricate CAD/CAM restorations through Straumann's validated workflow or through an external workflow," explains Dr. Sandro Matter, Executive Vice President of Straumann's Prosthetics Business Unit.
For both workflow options, the user scans and designs with the Straumann CARES Scan CS2 scanner and Straumann CARES Visual software. It features a wide range of editing tools, simultaneous design of lower and upper jaw, virtual articulator, mirroring function and automatic proposal and covers indications...
To meet the needs of implant, geriatric and TMJ patients, Heraeus Kulzer launched its Mondial 8i-5° posterior tooth line. "New indication areas such as implant prosthetics are placing increased demands on the stability, function and esthetics of denture teeth," said Lesley Melvin, Heraeus Laboratory Product Manager. "That's why we've worked so closely with leading technicians to ensure that our Mondial 8i-5° posterior teeth complement our existing Mondial and Mondial i teeth to give dental practices and laboratories a comprehensive denture teeth line that is unsurpassed for its natural appearance, comfort and reliability."
Like Mondial and Mondial i teeth, Mondial 8i-5° posteriors feature Heraeus' NanoPearls® filler material that offers color stability and resistance to fracture, abrasion and plaque. Since the manufacturing process is identical, all three lines can be used in combination.
The key features of the new tooth line are:
•The flat occlusal morphology of...
If 2011 is any indication, 3Shape isn't slowing down anytime soon. Last year, the company grew by 80% in sales for the U.S.; hired 65 people, including nine in its U.S. office; and filed dozens of U.S. patents.
At LAB DAY, it made two key announcements: its 3Shape TRIOS intraoral digital impression system and a new version of its software will be available by the end of the year. The TRIOS scanner doesn't require the use of spray, captures more than 3,000 2D images per second and the dentist can rest the scanner on the teeth for support as he scans.
The 3Shape Dental System 2013 offers a host of enhancements, including new indications. For instance, for the first time, the software allows users to fabricate full dentures. Users can digitally design, print or mill gingiva, and then place traditional denture teeth. It also has a new orthodontic module, Appliance Designer, that allows you to fabricate nightguards, retainers, splints, surgical bites and more.
The new version features...
Smile Line USA introduced Flexipalette, an assortment of three photographic contrastors that have a spotless, anti-reflective black background that enhances your digital photographs. There are three different forms, each one made out of a bendable copper sheet overmolded with Plastimed, a safe medical-grade plastic rubber that's latex free and hypoallergenic. The Flexipalette Colormatch provides a neutral background when taking custom shades. The assortment is available as a complete set or individually. Call 877-755-6868 or visit www.smilelineusa.com.
Just as the Sirona inLab system celebrates its 10-year anniversary, the company has launched a new version of the software, inLab Software 4.0, that offers a faster, easier user interface. Software enhancements include:
•Multiple restoration design that enables the user to work on as many different restorations--including restorations on opposing arches--as he wants and at the same time.
•Design tools enable you to work directly on the tooth when performing functions such as adding or removing material, rotating or positioning a restoration or expanding or reducing tooth size.
•Intuitive workflow lets the technician know exactly where he is in the design process. At the bottom of the design window, each step is clearly defined, showing the technician the previous, current and next steps.
For additional information, call 855-465-2248 or visit www.inLab.com.
Nobel Biocare's NobelReplace implants now offer more restorative options with two additions to the line:
NobelReplace Conical Connection (CC) features an internal conical connection designed to preserve marginal bone by minimizing micro-movements and potential micro-leakage. It also withstands higher torque and lateral loading stress, minimizing forces on the retaining screw and prosthetic component. The implant has been designed with an integrated platform shift to increase soft-tissue volume for higher esthetics, is suitable for use with all prefabricated abutments and individualized CAD/CAM NobelProcera Abutments, and has the same prosthetic portfolio as NobelActive with restorative options on both implant and abutment level.
NobelReplace Platform Shift (PS) features built-in platform shifting designed to maximize soft tissue for natural-looking esthetics. The internal tri-channel connection provides tactile feedback for accurate and predictable abutment placement.
Digital System, Lava Materials Launched at Jensen Education Day
At Jensen's 17th annual Education Day at the Swissôtel, the company launched a digital system ideal for small- to mid-sized laboratories that includes the Jensen ST II scanner, Lava™ Design 7 Software, Jensen mill and DEKEMA baSIC Sintering Furnace. In the show's Digital Café area, attendees had the opportunity to test drive the scanner and software.
The company also launched its new Jensen Digital Materials: High Translucency and High Strength Zirconia in frame configurations compatible with all Jensen mills. As the exclusive U.S. distributor for all 3M™ ESPE™ Lava™ products, it also announced two new Lava materials: Lava Plus high translucency zirconia and Lava Ultimate Implant Crown Restorative, a resin nano ceramic that uses nanotechnology for increased wear resistance, compressive strength and resiliency.
The bustling event attracted nearly 600 laboratory owners, managers and technicians...
Nearly 100 attendees participated in Star Refining's pedometer promotion at LAB DAY. When attendees stopped by the company's table, they had the opportunity to receive a pedometer and register to compete in a contest to see who walked the farthest during the two-day show. The winner is Pamela Simerman, CDT, Crown and Bridge Manager, Image Dental Arts in Fort Wayne, IN, who wins an iPod Shuffle.
Based on PowerMILL CAM system, Delcam's 2012 version of the DentMILL CAM can take digital CAD designs from most systems and generate toolpaths for a wide range of machine tools. Highlights of the new software include an easier-to-use interface that maximizes screen space; closer integration with other Delcam software, including DentCAD and OrderManager that manages all the information created throughout the lifecycle of an order; more efficient nesting to allow improved material usage; five-axis machining to reduce material waste and minimize hand finishing by removing undercut regions; and new strategies for smoother machining and better surface finish. For more information, call 877-335-2261 or 801-575-5017 (U.S.), email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.delcam-healthcare.com.
3D Systems Showcases New Digital Printer and Material
In Chicago, 3D Systems showcased the 2012 model of its ProJet™ MP 3000, an affordable CAD/CAM printer for working models and drill guides. Thanks to a new resolution print head, print modes, support process and material, it produces detailed, esthetic models with a stone-like, matte finish. The same material, VisiJet™ MP200, can be run in a "gloss mode" for drill guides. The company also introduced VisiJet Clear, a new water-clear, biomedical-rated material for fabricating drill guides on the ProJet 6000 using SLA technology.
"We are committed to the continued innovation of digital dental solutions through an open architecture that delivers increased value," said Lee Dockstader, Vice President, Business Development. For more information, visit www.toptobottomdental.com.
Sagemax announces a new partnership with Nabertherm to offer its high-temperature HTCT 01/16 zirconia sintering furnace. Equipped with SiC heating elements to avoid contamination or chemical interactivity often experienced between zirconia units and molybdenum disilicide heating elements, the furnace can reach 1,550°C in less than 40 minutes with cooling capability back to 200°C within 120 minutes for a reasonable overall cycle time and can sinter a variety of different zirconia materials. The furnace augments Sagemax's CAD/CAM product line which also includes its NexxZr, a high-translucency full contour zirconia, and a range of zirconia and wax discs compatible with different systems. Last summer, Sagemax partnered with Roland DGA to sell its DWX-50 milling machine and Tanaka Dental to market its pre-sintered stains and other products.
For more information, call 877-386-0389 or 253-220-5151, email email@example.com or visit www.sagemax.com.
Handler Launches Latest Bench, Video on Website
In Chicago, Handler showcased the new PTL-215SP, the latest bench in its Pro Tech Lite Series line. Constructed of steel with an oven-cured, powder-coated finish, the bench offers a spacious work surface with a stainless steel work surface protector. The 62-II Super Sucker II dust collector is housed in the pedestal for quiet operation and there are two suction inlet options: on the bench top or the newly engineered in-drawer suction system with safety shield and arm rest.
The company also recently produced a two-minute video showcasing how it transformed a dated laboratory into a modern, comfortable and efficient work space. To view the video or learn more about the features of the PTL-215SP, see the video on Handler's page on the BRIDGE at LMTmag.com or go to www.handlermfg.com.
Amann Girrbach offers the new Ceramill Motion 2 milling machine during the company's LAB DAY program
The compact hybrid CNC machine combines five-axis milling and grinding technology in both wet and dry applications so laboratories can now dry mill zirconia and wax and wet mill PMMA, temporary materials and composites in-house, as well as wet-grind glass ceramics. The wet grinding option also makes the Ceramill Motion 2 ideal for chairside applications for dental office laboratories. If you missed its debut at LAB DAY, register for a demonstration in your area: visit www.ceramilldemodays.com or call Amann Girrbach at 800-851-3719.