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In its “Lab Lounge” at LAB DAY, Amann Girrbach America featured Ceramill Zolid Pre-Shaded Blanks and Liquids, including three new pre-shaded blanks and a wide range of shading liquids, including the 16 Vita Classic shades. The company also now offers VITA ENAMIC® for Ceramill Motion 2, and Ceramill Multiframe, an adapter that makes Ceramill blanks compatible with other open 98-mm milling systems.
The company also introduced Ceramill IOS, a new process that integrates Ceramill design software and milling units with third-party intraoral scanners. A new partnership between Amann Girrbach...
Henry Schein previewed Labnext, its new cloud-based lab management software specifically designed for digital dentistry. The open system integrates with a wide variety of scanners, design software and popular practice management software packages.
“Labnext is tightly integrated with Henry Schein’s DDX (Digital Dental Exchange). For the first time, the lab has a direct link to the doctor’s management software,” said Sandy MacDonald, Product Manager.
Other key features include:
Case management tools including HIPAA-compliant digital file transfer and storage.
- 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...
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- November 2013
Whip Mixâs second annual Survive or Thrive Digital Forum was chock-full of advice and take-home strategies to help attendees make informed decisions about digital technology.
- 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
A year ago, Whip Mix Corp. promoted its Vice President of Manufacturing, Jim Myers, to President of the company, succeeding Allen Steinbock, the grandson of Whip Mix Founder Edmund Steinbock, Sr. This promotion makes Myers the first non-family member President in the company's history. LMT travelled to Louisville, KY, to talk with Myers about his new position and where the company is headed.
LMT: As President, how has your role changed?
Myers: For 11 years, my priority was our manufacturing processes; now, it's more focused on customer needs and opportunities. I have much more interaction with...
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.
- June 2013
"Ten years ago, we could mill copings in five or six materials with inLab; now we can fabricate copings, crowns, bridges and abutments in more than 30 different materials. That's how far inLab has come!" said Norbert Ulmer, Director of Laboratory CAD/CAM at Sirona Dental, Inc., during his opening remarks to kick off the company's inLab Summit 2013 in Savannah, GA, on May 31 and June 1.
Featuring a dynamic group of lecturers and multiple hands-on sessions, the Summit offered the over 100 attendees an information-packed event and the opportunity to network and share business strategies and...
- May 2013
Among the newer features in digital impression-taking systems are smaller-than-ever intraoral devices and color technology. Also: several new players enter the market.
LMT's LAB DAY EAST—the largest dental laboratory trade show on the East Coast—was the place to be to research digital technology. This year, of the 93 exhibitors, over 40 companies offered the latest scanners, milling and rapid prototyping machines, wax printers, software, materials and services, allowing attendees to see products up close and personal and comparison shop.
"We're looking to invest in a scanner and milling system—we'll be 'newbies'. Since I own a one-person lab and want to expand, I've been doing a lot of reading and research on new systems but it's key to...
To expand indications and features, several companies introduced updated versions of their impression and model scanners and upgraded software packages.
- April 2013
All-ceramics, implants, profit erosion and other hot topics inspired dialogue during the biggest weekend of the year.
At the show, Zimmer formally announced its partnership with Zfx GmbH. Zimmer now distributes Zfx products, including Zfx CAD software and scanners, and offers CAD/CAM services—including crown and bridge components, bars, and titanium and zirconia abutments—through its new Zfx milling center in Carlsbad, CA.
For more information, call 800-854-7019 or visit www.zimmerdental.com.
Rob Teachout, BS, CDT, shares the step-by-step technique for using Argen's new digital service for high-strength, Digital Captek restorations.
- March 2013
Sixty-eight percent of the larger laboratory respondents to LMTâs latest Howâs Business? survey are optimistic about this year, compared to only 42% of labs with five or fewer employees.
- February 2013
Last month, Dental Arts Laboratories (DAL) launched DAL DT Technologies, a new division that is solely dedicated to the development and service of CAD/CAM technology and other subcontracting services to laboratories.
- January 2013
From new ways to digitize workflows to product launches and enhanced equipment and software, the DLOACâs CAD/CAM Expo and Symposium was the place to be to learn about the latest in digital technology.
In just one year, Lakeland Dental Technologies, Grand Rapids, MN, has improved consistency, reduced remakes, and nearly eliminated hand waxing using the complete Jensen Digital Solution.
- November 2012
Every CAD/CAM department needs a Brin Vogel.
Throughout the past five years, Vogel has been instrumental in implementing Knight Dental Group's CAD/CAM and advanced technology initiatives. But he's also proven to be a dynamo in computer networking, troubleshooting, material evaluation, process integration and, well, just about anything else that comes up in the department.
"Not only has he become a recognized expert in every facet of 3Shape software, he can quickly diagnose and repair issues with our milling software and equipment as well," says Laboratory President Barbara Wojdan, CDT, AAACD....
When Jerry Giuliano Jr. opened his CAD/CAM-based laboratories on New Year's Day 2011, he had no employees, one scanner, one milling machine and an 800-sq-ft office space. Today, he has 14 employees, three scanners, four mills and a new 5,000-sq-ft space, and Giuliano says his business is on track to hit over a million dollars in sales by the end of the year.
Giuliano, a fourth-generation technician with multiple labs in his extended family, first saw the potential of CAD/CAM while working in his father's lab, Bio-Tech Prosthetics in Arlington Heights, IL. Although his father had his eye on retirement...
NewsWatch: Datron Dynamics Partners With Exocad, Imetric and Sescoi to Provide Turnkey CAD/CAM Solution
Open system providers Datron Dynamics, exocad, Imetric and Sescoi have formed a partnership to provide a comprehensive, turnkey CAD/CAM solution, including the Imetric scanner line, exocad design software, WorkNC® CAM software and the Datron D5 milling machine. The solution can be used for all C&B restorations but, because of its precision, is especially touted for fabricating custom abutments and implant bars.
"Our partnership offers the best of both worlds. It provides the reliability and security of a closed system with the integration and flexibility of an open system," said Neal Demazure,...
- September 2012
The Argen Corp. announces the expansion of its Argen Digital Center that provides laboratories with low-price, quality digital PFM substructures. The Center now offers the industry's only noble Selective Laser Melted (SLM) substructures, non-precious SLM substructures and precious metal substructures fabricated with additional manufacturing technologies.
Depending on the material chosen, a variety of substructures are available, from single-unit copings up to six-unit bridges. The most popular material offerings are Argedent EURO high noble substructures and Argenco Y+, a 2% full gold crown....
- June 2012
Once in jeopardy of closing, Kirkwood Community College in Cedar Rapids, IA, is thriving and has even added an evening program to accommodate its waiting list of students.
Respondents to LMT's Small Lab Survey speak out about the future of our industry.
The Future Looks . . . Great
My business has stayed strong through this terrible economy. If I made it through this, I can make it through anything. My cosmetic workload dropped off a bit during the past couple of years, but has really picked back up as of late.
My future looks incredibly solid. As the masses move toward CAD technology, I move in the completely opposite direction. I educate my clients on the shortcomings of this new technology and they're grateful for the insight. I work with dentists who...