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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Recently, I was talking to industry veteran George Obst about my startup years and our conversation got me thinking about how the priorities of a small business owner shift as the business matures.
In the beginning, it was all about having enough customers to pay the bills while at the same time making sure our products—the magazine and then LAB DAY—met the needs of the market so we could be sure we’d keep being able to pay those bills. Those were the years of 100-hour workweeks.
Once we established our market presence, we continued to build market share and market value. Four...
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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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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...
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...
Attendees at LMT LAB DAY had a chance to win big by spinning a prize wheel at GC America’s booth in the Exhibit Hall. Big ticket winner of the GC Initial Porcelain kit worth nearly $4,000 was Michael Flaws of Integrity Dental Design in Libertyville, IL. Pam Gingerich of Ragle Dental Lab in Champaign, IL, and Paul Huey of Davison Dental Lab in Flint, MI were both the winners of GC’s Initial LiSi Basic & Advanced, each worth $700 and $975, respectively.
Eight Lustre Paste sets, each worth $750, went to: Shari Doucette, Ultra-Tech Dental Lab, Saskatoon, SK; SoYoun Zepeda, Zepeda Dental...
At the close of LMT LAB DAY Chicago, a huge crowd gathered at the Harvest Dental booth as George Papps (left) and Sasha der Avanessian (right) presented Harvest Dental’s Lifetime Achievement Award to Russell DeVreugd, CDT, in recognition of his commitment and contributions to dental technology. A widely respected industry veteran, DeVreugd is an international consultant and lecturer, author and developer of the DeVreugd Occlusal Compass technique for creating functional occlusal morphology.
GC America launched three new products at LMT LAB DAY Chicago:
New to its Initial ceramic line, Initial LiSi veneering ceramic is ideal for lithium disilicate frameworks. It can be used for layering and cut-back techniques or for full anatomical frameworks stained with GC Initial Lustre Pastes NF.
Initial IQ Lustre Paste NF Gum Shades help to create a lifelike transition from the crown margin to the gingival. The gum-colored pastes match natural gingival shades, offering a natural harmony, and match to both low and high CTE ceramics, making them compatible with the complete GC Initial ceramic...
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.
Nobel Biocare offered LAB DAY attendees a sneak peek at its new complete posterior solution (the official launch was at the IDS two weeks later). The solution addresses the common challenges in restoring a single tooth in the posterior region, including large extraction sockets, limited accessibility, tough-to-remove excess cement and high occlusal forces. It combines new wide-platform implants and restorative options, all specially designed for molar sites and enable immediate loading whenever possible.
The solution includes:
NobelActive WP, a wide platform version of the established NobelActive...
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,...
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)...
Renfert marked nine decades of supplying the dental laboratory industry with high quality, German-made equipment, instruments and materials. On the exhibit hall floor, the staff celebrated with a 90th birthday cake that it shared with attendees. The Renfert staff pictured above includes (from l. to r.): Zoran Pantelin; Bill Larson; Bob Hurl; Felix Fontanez; Traci Spier; John Meeks; and Sören Hug, who will soon assume the role of company President.
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,...
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....
In the company’s ballroom at LAB DAY Chicago, Ivoclar Vivadent’s Ted Smudde (left) congratulates Brandon Walsh, an in-house technician at Wing, Mack and Smith in Newark, OH. Walsh was the lucky winner of an Ivobase-System, a fully automated press injector worth nearly $10,000.
Argen Digital featured its latest advances at LAB DAY, including:
Its new custom file upload system which allows 3Shape users to export their designs from Dental Manager and drag and drop their CAD files—including split files—into Argen Digital’s portal for upload. Labs can batch upload files of various material types and restoration sizes concurrently, streamlining the ordering process and offering time savings of up to 80%. The upload will also soon be available for exocad and DentalWings users.
The company has also expanded its Selective Laser Melted (SLM) product offering...
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...
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It was LMT’s biggest LAB DAY yet. Just over 3,500 attendees came from 45 states and 42 countries to the industry’s busiest, most exciting event of the year. They chose from 367 educational courses, shopped an energy-packed exhibit hall with 241 companies, and networked and caught up with their peers in an exciting new venue.
The show’s new home at the Hyatt Regency Chicago won rave reviews from exhibitors and attendees alike. The hotel offered more room for education and registration, a spacious new exhibit hall that featured wider walking aisles, an attendee café...
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...
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.
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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 few months ago, my son turned me on to two television reality shows that I feel have merit for anyone who runs a small business or aspires to: The Profit, on CNBC, showcasing the multi-talented Marcus Lemonis, serial entrepreneur and CEO of Camping World; and Fox’s Kitchen Nightmares, starring restaurateur, Chef Gordon Ramsay. Unfortunately, Ramsay retired this series at the end of 2014. Fortunately, there are 123 episodes you can watch on YouTube.
Say what you will about reality TV; these shows are like business school by proxy.
Without knowing any particular market, Lemonis attempts to...
- October 2014
After meeting at LAB DAY West 2013, Sully Samartzis invited LMT’s Judy Fishman to visit his laboratory when she arrived in Arizona later that year. The laboratory is a pristine addition to a gorgeously appointed home, designed by wife Debbie, a professional interior decorator.
In 1999, Sully Samartzis had a toothache on #13. Treatment meant a root canal procedure followed by a crown. Of Greek descent, he’d only been in the U.S. for three months, arriving here from Germany with a degree in electronics and $1,400 to his name.
Intent on being self-employed and, ideally, working from home...