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. . . to be Jolly, yes, but not because the Christmas holiday is two months away. ’Tis because it’s show season and it’s off to an outstanding start with over 1,000 attendees for the first time ever at LMT LAB DAY East! This, despite the fact that there were three other key industry programs the same weekend (Nobel Biocare and Sirona events in Las Vegas and the National Denturist Association’s 9th Annual Conference in nearby Washington, DC)!
Though we had a good feeling about leaving our former location in New York City for the resort town of Atlantic City, NJ, we couldn’t have anticipated a more wonderful weekend experience. The Convention Center Exhibit Hall was bright and airy and enabled us to provide a comfortable and spacious environment. Attendees drove into the area from all directions and, once there, were greeted with balmy weather and the smell of the ocean; a calming departure from the hustle and bustle of midtown Manhattan.
In comparison to years...
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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Social media is a relationship-focused, human-to-human marketing approach that can open up communication between you and your customers. Author Mark Schaefer offers some tips to help you take on the social media world headfirst.
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Most people probably respond to the question posed in the headline above with something like, “because it makes me feel good to do something nice for someone else.” So what do I want your help with? Plain and simple: I want YOUR participation in LMT surveys.
Next month begins LMT’s 32nd year serving the information needs of the dental laboratory community and, during these years we’ve established ourselves as the Survey Queens (we’d be the Kings if we were guys but we’re not ☺).
But this request is really not about us. It’s about YOU. Among our numerous research projects, we provide you with the Wage and Fee Surveys every two years and report on the State of the Industry every five years. None of our reports would be possible without you. None of them!
We are eternally grateful to our incredibly valuable survey participants! Sometimes our surveys can be time consuming yet you guys are always willing to speak up, answer our multiple choice questions...
When LMT Editor Becky Tyre visited Atlantic City this summer, there were too many things to see and do to fit in the June/July issue. Here are even more discoveries she found along the boardwalk and beyond.
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 years after starting LMT we introduced Synergy, a magazine for both dental technicians and dentists. We knew it was “an idea ahead of its time” but were eager to push the envelope because we truly believe in the importance of the team effort. However, the market wasn’t receptive and we learned quickly what made us happy and what made us unhappy in our work lives; we folded it after...
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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 the creation of prosthetics. There was an acceptance and understanding among attendees that being a player means incorporating advanced technologies into the laboratory environment.
Though there were a number of product introductions—among them, lab and intraoral scanners, 3D printers and milling units, digital fabrication materials and digital solutions for removable prostheses—stronger,...
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...
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 Lab, Oglesby, IL; Tony Gismondi, Caruso Dental Lab, Livonia, MI; Jose Mendoza, Davison Dental Lab, Flint, MI; Chris Dugger, Dunn Diehl Dental, Minot, ND; Goran Zarov, Accutech Dental Lab, Westerville, OH; Bradley Bong, Layton Dental Lab, Pewaukee, WI; and John Sanohoz, Innova Dental, Mequon, WI.
Four GC Optiglaze color sets, each worth $650, were given to: George Gauden, DDS, Wheaton, IL; Yin...
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 range.
The new CERASMART block with Universal Mandrel offers excellent physical properties and impact dispersion due to the fully homogeneous and evenly distributed nano ceramic network. It offers lifelike esthetics, milling accuracy, fast mill time and self-polishing properties and is ideal for posterior, anterior, inlay, onlay and implant restorations.
For more information, call 800-323-7063 or visit www.gcamerica.com.
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.
In addition to an already robust digital material offering, Zahn is now the exclusive distributor of Glidewell’s BruxZir products and the company showcased its additional BruxZir® Zirconia products as well as new BruxZir Anterior. For more information on BruxZir Anterior, click here.
Thanks to a new distribution agreement, Zahn Dental now distributes 3D Systems’ micro-SLA ProJet® 1200...
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 implant; it has a 5.5-mm diameter to better fit the large extraction sites in the molar region and a wider implant platform for an optimal emergence profile. NobelActive WP also comes in a shorter body option (7mm) to avoid critical anatomical structures such as nerves.
NobelParallel CC, a new implant system with a full range of platform diameters that also has a wide version for the posterior....
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, and opposing model and die on an open-air scanning platform that accommodates large articulators. After scanning, cases are automatically uploaded to the cloud, where they can be designed by the lab or forwarded to an experienced CAD/CAM specialist at the Glidewell Outsource Milling Center.
For labs that choose to design restorations in house, the CloudPoint FastDesign™ software includes a complete...
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...
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, 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...
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 to include long-span SLM Noble bridges up to eight units; the restorations have a two-day turnaround.
For more information, call 800-255-5524 or visit www.argendigital.com.
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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