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AD BLU Dental has added the EZMill 5.0 to its line of EZMill compact desktop milling systems. Combining high-speed production and precision, the system can be used to mill a variety of restorations in numerous materials, including zirconium, acrylic and wax. A wet/dry option is available.
The company also introduced the CAD BLU ProJet® 1200 3D printer. Costing less than $5,000, this desktop unit prints 10-12 units per hour with fine detail at an average cost of 50 cents per unit.
For more information, call 212-481-8700 or visit www.cadblu.com.
Investing in CAD/CAM equipment and rethinking its business model gives new life to Puckettâs Dental Studio, Dawsonville, GA.
LMT Publisher Judy Fishman talks with Tim Thompson, President and CEO of Global Dental Science, LLC in Phoenix AZ about the AvaDent Digital Dentures system.
LMT: I understand you’ve cracked the code for digitizing the denture fabrication process. Can you fill us in?
Thompson: For the past four years, Global Dental Science has been developing an exclusive digital platform for the design and manufacture of AvaDent Digital Dentures. It’s the result of a comprehensive process called Computer Aided Engineering (CAE) used in conjunction with CAD/CAM; CAE uses sophisticated, scientific algorithms...
Technicians who think CAD/CAM technology means theyâll be replaced by machines can rest easy. The majority of respondents to LMTâs 2008 Wage surveyâ78%âsay technicians who operate their CAD/CAM systems also still work at the bench.
Thanks to the growing popularity and acceptance of CAD/CAM technology, the product landscape is changing rapidly.
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Television cameras. 8,000 viewers. And a dental technician in the spotlight.
This is not a common scenario, but one day last year, Eddie Corrales, CDT, seized the opportunity to introduce his new venture—CADSmiles—directly to prospective patients when he appeared on the cable show, San Diego Living.
During the five-minute segment—which cost Corrales $1,000—he was interviewed by the show's host, demonstrated CAD/CAM scanning and design, and shared before-and-after photos of CADSmiles makeovers.
CADSmiles is an in-office service that Corrales markets to CEREC doctors....September 26, 2012 in Helping Hands: Industry Members Fight Back Against Breast Cancer
After years of speculation, CAD/CAM came to fruition in the dental laboratory in 1998 with the official U.S. launch of the Procera® AllCeram Crown, featuring an aluminum oxide coping milled at Nobel Biocare’s production facility in Sweden. The success of Procera—and the introduction of a dozen new in-lab milling systems in the early 2000s—fueled intense interest among laboratory owners and made CAD/CAM the hot topic for the unforeseeable future.
The automated manufacturing process afforded an efficient, consistent method of production and also opened the door to using zirconia,...
Last year, Bob Iuliano, CDT, invested about $80,000 in CAD/CAM equipment—and he hasnât looked back since.
CAD/CAM technology has brought the same precision to implants as it has to all-ceramic restorations, most notably in the fabrication of custom-milled zirconia and titanium implant abutments. Here, three manufacturers who offer this service provide a
Nearly 300 laboratory owners and managers, outsourcing centers and manufacturers attended the DLOAC's International CAD/CAM Technology Symposium and Expo in California in November; LMT was your eyes and ears at the event.
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Like never before, laboratory owners and managers are tapping into the power of CAD/CAM technology, which is proving to be a valuable image enhancer, production booster and profit generator.
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More than 80% of laboratories offer CAD/CAM-fabricated restorations and nearly two-thirds of them outsource the understructures to another laboratory. LMT talks to these laboratory owners about how to get the most predictable, consistent results.
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Once you've selected a CAD/CAM scanner or milling system, phase two is implementing the equipment into production and training your technicians.
For the fourth consecutive year, the DLOAC's International CAD/CAM Technology Symposium and Expo was a must-attend event for learning the latest in digital technology.
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Align Technology, Inc. announces that Cadent's orthodontic full-arch scanning process can now be used with Invisalign treatment.
“It’s people who make the difference, so my business philosophy is based on taking care of the staff first. If you do that, I believe everything else will come naturally,” says Jayme Hong, CEO and Chief Rainmaker at IDOC.
"Our business will continue to change to meet new demands. It's less about the ability to manage change and more about the strength to lead change," said Ivoclar Vivadent's CEO Bob Ganley during his State of the Industry address to the more than 700 attendees at the 87th Annual Cal-Lab Meeting held at the Westin Michigan Avenue.
One development Ganley discussed is the growing irrelevance of geographical barriers due to new technology and the increasing competition between labs because of it. "You must understand who you are and have some kind of identifiable message on how you differentiate yourself....
To celebrate the work of highly skilled denture technicians and elevate the status of the specialty, Candulor is sponsoring its second North American "Art of Denture" Competition, inviting U.S. and Canadian technicians to fabricate fully removable upper and lower dentures supported by locators.
Owner creates network of laboratories from Canada to U.S.
Like many laboratory owners, Chang Kim of Prowest International Dental Services, Calgary, Alberta, was having trouble finding skilled technicians. His solution? Opening a training institute that emphasizes real-world casework so students can work on
Candulor is organizing the first North American competition, giving U.S. and Canadian contestants the opportunity to display their proficiency in the field of removable dentures.
Custom Automated Prosthetics (CAP) introduced Multi FZ, a multi-layered zirconia that makes it possible to achieve an esthetic, multi-colored, monolithic, high-strength (1,100MPa flexural strength), milled full contour zirconia restoration without dipping or green-state shading. The 98-mm discs mimic natural dentition with cervical, body and enamel shading and a “blend zone” at each shade interface. For four- or five-axis milling machines, the discs are competitively priced and come in three different colors and white in order to match 16 VITA shades and bleach shades. CAP Multi...
Invented by Dr. Itzhak Shoher and Aharon Whiteman, CDT, first-generation Captek™ was introduced to the international dental community in 1993. The unique capillary technology took the PFM world by storm because it produced a high noble metal coping right on the refractory die without casting. Dentists and technicians alike were taken by its resulting thin, gold-colored copings and ability to maximize soft tissue health; Captek remains an ideal option for patients with any type of predisposition to caries or perio concerns.
In 2007, Captek Nano™—stronger and thinner than the original...
What a way to celebrate Mother's Day! Each year, Jessica Birrell, CDT, FACE, Owner, Capture Dental Arts in Saratoga Springs, UT, sponsors a Mother's Day Smile Give-A-Way.
"So many are affected by breast cancer and if we can increase early detection, we can help fight the disease," says Jessica Birrell, Owner, Capture Dental Arts, Saratoga Springs, UT.
To that end and in honor of October being Breast Cancer Awareness month, Birrell is giving her packaging a pink-themed makeover. Her delivery boxes are tied with a pink bow, the case boxes are wrapped in a sheer pink bag and the impressions are enclosed in a cellophane bag imprinted with the pink breast cancer ribbon.
Also in the boxes are pass-along items for dentists to give to their patients, including a pocket-size...