• November
  • NADL Issues FDA Alert Regarding In-Lab Milling of Abutments

    The industry is abuzz with questions and concerns about the FDA’s newest statement on in-lab milling of implant abutments (see NADL alert below). Watch for additional coverage in LMT.

    From NADL:FDA Alert - Labs not permitted to use CAD/CAM for in-lab milling of most abutments

    When FDA began studying the use of CAD/CAM in dental laboratory technology, the FDA’s initial focus was on angulation and the implant/abutment interface. FDA ultimately made clear statements that anyone making the implant/abutment interface is a "manufacturer" as such must obtain 510(k) clearance to do so.

    That still did not answer the questions about the “tooth end” of the abutment, the abutment collar/post. Sometime later FDA ultimately stated a dental laboratory may mill the collar/post as long as the dental laboratory follows the manufacturer's FDA cleared instructions.

    Now, nearly two years later, there is still only one manufacturer that has obtained FDA clearance for their in-lab CAD/CAM...

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  • October
  • Versamill Precision Dental Machining Center Case Examples: Bar-overdenture

    Examples of all-on-six overdenture highlighting the superior fit and finish possible when coupling the power and precision of Versamill technology with the manufacturing experience of Axsys Dental Solutions' nearly 40 years of CAD/CAM/CNC manufacturing experience.

    Images taken of bar directly after machining with no post-machining hand work and reflects user-selectable surface finish to either facilitate cementation ("rougher" finish in this example) or finer finish when interfaceing with soft tissue.

    Total machining time: 70 minutes.

    Additional images: http://s604.photobucket.com/user/brayks_2009/slideshow/Dental/Bars

    Axsys Dental Solutions
    October 8 at 1:24 pm

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  • August
  • Argen Digital Launches ArgenLink, a Game Changing File Upload System

    Argen Digital is proud to announce the launch of ArgenLink. ArgenLink is a revolutionary new cloud-based, drag-and-drop file transfer system. This game changing technology allows dental laboratories to export cases directly from 3Shape’s Dental Manager into ArgenLink in seconds, without any data entry. All order information dynamically populates from customer information to manufacturing preferences and material selections, drastically reducing the time it takes to submit your cases for manufacturing. Laboratories also have the ability to batch upload files of various material types and restorations sizes concurrently, including split files.

    ArgenLink also offers real time status updates throughout the manufacturing process, including:

    Case status

    Track your package

    Reorder a case

    Cancel a case

    Argen Digital believes this improvement to the file upload experience will streamline the ordering process and offer their laboratory partners significant time savings of up to 80%. ArgenLink...

    Argen Corp.
    August 19 at 1:35 pm

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  • Whip Mix Partners with PTC to Distribute 3Shape Training App

    Whip Mix Corporation has partnered with PTC to sell the PTC 3ShapeTraining App now available for download at whipmix.com.

    Whip Mix Corp.
    August 13 at 1:56 pm

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  • NFL Great Emmitt Smith Joins Exciting Lineup of Keynote Speakers At Sirona's CEREC® 30th (C30) Anniversary Celebration

    Sirona Dental, Inc., the worldwide leader and pioneers of digital dentistry, recently signed Emmitt Smith, former NFL great and current President and CEO of Emmitt Smith Enterprises, Inc., to appear on stage during its upcoming CEREC® 30th (CEREC 30) Anniversary Celebration. Smith replaces Earvin “Magic” Johnson, Jr., who had to withdraw from C30 due to personal reasons.

    Emmitt Smith rose to prominence in the 1990s as the superstar running back of the Dallas Cowboys, and was an integral part of the team’s phenomenal success in winning three Super Bowl championships in a four-year span. Smith culminated his illustrious Hall of Fame career with the proud distinction as having the most rushing yards in NFL history, a record he still holds.

    Since his retirement from football in 2005, Smith has successfully transitioned his talents from the gridiron to the business world, founding Emmitt Smith Enterprises (ESE)—an umbrella company of several organizations focusing...

    Sirona Dental, Inc.
    August 12 at 4:45 pm

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  • July
  • Sirona Expands National Accounts and Institutions Business Team

    Sirona Dental, Inc. announced the expansion of its national accounts and institutions business team to address significant demand for its products in dental schools, group practices, and governmental institutions. Doug Clarke was named west coast sales manager, Jay Novak was named east coast sales manager, and Ryan Hollenbeck recently joined the team as a 3D & CAD/CAM specialist.

    “I am thrilled to announce that Doug and Jay, who were with Sirona in other sales roles, joined the national accounts and institutions business team as sales managers, where they will be instrumental in driving national business growth,” said Linda Ruggiero-Gehringer, vice president of national accounts and institutions. “Their proven sales skills combined with a deep understanding of our products, applications, and markets will help Sirona move into the next phase in our company’s history of aggressive growth while continuing to exceed the expectations of our customers.”


    Sirona Dental, Inc.
    July 21 at 10:00 am

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  • Amann Girrbach Announces Distribution Partnership with Benco Dental

    Amann Girrbach proudly announces the distribution partnership agreement with Benco Dental, one of the fastest growing privately owned dental distribution companies in the U.S. While the two companies have enjoyed success for years, they agree that a combined focus and alignment of synergies allow for one of the best offerings available to the market, and just at the right time.

    “I’m thrilled about the Benco Dental and Amann Girrbach partnership,” said Marco Ratz, CEO Amann Girrbach. “Benco Dental and Amann Girrbach have been in discussions for quite some time. Both companies have grown and evolved at such an accelerated rate in the past few years and we feel now is the perfect opportunity to focus our combined energies on delivering the right set of solutions to the market. The technology is ever-changing and we have seen a shift in the market; we are well equipped to mutually support it.”

    “In meetings over the past several months, we have realized that...

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  • May
  • In Memory: Franklin Panameno

    IMILLING’s President, Felix Chung, sadly reports the unexpected loss of a valued member of their team, Franklin Panameno. Franklin, an extremely talented CAD/CAM technician, lost his life in a tragic auto accident on the morning of April 25th. Although a relative newcomer to the dental lab industry, joining IMILLING in 2013 at the encouragement of a friend, Franklin was dedicated to the industry, showed tremendous promise and was eager to perfect his craft. He was a young man who was always cheerful, friendly to all and meant so much to so many people. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

    May 18 at 4:41 pm

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  • Master Ceramist, Inc. Offers Special 25th Anniversary Pricing

    In celebration of its 25th year in business, Master Ceramist, Inc. is offering a 25% discount on current retail prices for its line of ceramic products, including firing pegs, liquids, mediums and accessories until September 25, 2015. The company has also launched a new website, mc-direct.com, making it easy to purchase products directly; for instance, the Express Page features the company’s most popular products with a brief description and pricing so you can order them quickly.

    “An advantage to ordering direct is that we have all of our products in stock and we offer technical support and service on our entire line,” says Rick Tobey, Master Ceramist Founder. “You can also order our products from your favorite dealer, some of which may also offer the discounted pricing.” The Inventive Technician In the 1980s, Tobey had his own laboratory, Tobey Ceramics, in Asheville, NC. At that time, silver palladium alloys were becoming increasingly popular but also posed...

    LMT Communications, Inc.
    May 5 at 11:15 am

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  • 3M™ ESPE™ Lava™ Plus High Translucency Zirconia Now Available in Disc Format for Open Milling

    In its 13 years of clinical use, the pioneering Lava™ Zirconia brand from 3M ESPE Dental has become trusted by dentists and labs around the world. Now, 3M ESPE Dental is giving more labs access to the quality, esthetics and clinical performance the Lava™ brand is known for, making 3M™ ESPE™ Lava™ Plus High Translucency Zirconia available in a disc format for open-source milling.

    The new Lava Plus portfolio, which is available to labs milling 98-mm discs, includes both Lava Plus zirconia as well as its unique shading system. The 98mm-diameter zirconia discs are available in thicknesses of 14mm, 18mm and 25mm, and in formats with and without a step. Based on the same material technology as the Mill Blank formats for Lava Milling Systems, Lava Plus Discs and Lava Plus Mill Blanks offer the reliability and high performance that the Lava brand is known for.

    “This introduction gives labs access to one of the most trusted zirconia materials on the market, as...

    3M Oral Care
    May 4 at 2:26 pm

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  • 3M Digital Oral Care Announces Improved Compatibility Between 3M™ Margin Marking Software and 3Shape Dental System™, exocad® DentalCAD and Dental Wings Software

    Digital workflows and new systems are rapidly changing the way today’s dentists and dental labs operate, but closed systems can limit choices – preventing doctors and lab technicians from working the way they want. In another transformative step towards broadening design options, 3M™ Margin Marking Software is now fully integrated with CAD/CAM design platforms 3Shape Dental System™, exocad® DentalCAD and Dental Wings. The improved workflow provides dental labs a seamless integration with the industry’s leading CAD/CAM systems, and dentists can now work with more labs, ultimately increasing access to a broader range of treatment options.

    Using the new Trusted Connections, 3M™ True Definition Scanner digital impression files are easily converted and imported into the 3Shape Dental System, exocad DentalCAD, or Dental Wings software, which have been updated with the latest design information for Lava™ materials. Designed to work exclusively with...

    3M Oral Care
    May 4 at 2:23 pm

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  • April
  • CAP Holds Grand Opening of New Clearwater Location

    On Friday April 17th, CAP held a full-day Izir training at its new facility in Clearwater, Florida. The program was followed by an open-house reception that included many lab owners from the Florida area. On Saturday, CAP held a full-day, hands-on 3Shape training. Both programs were well attended and the reception was a hit!

    The CAP Clearwater facility includes a production center, technical support, training facility and sales offices. Built specifically to help labs in the greater South Eastern part of the U.S, it will hold trainings in this vacation community all year long.

    CAP Clearwater has been built as an Open Door Production center where lab owners and staff can get a first hand look at the latest in CAD/CAM technology. To setup a time to visit, contact CAP at 877-977-7889.

    April 27 at 4:35 pm

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  • Roland DGA Announces Start Date for New "With Roland" User Video Contest

    Roland DGA has announced the April 2, 2015 start date of a new “With Roland” contest that will give Roland owners an opportunity to share their success stories through short (5- to 60-second) YouTube videos and win valuable prizes. 

    After the contest concludes on May 2, 2015, one lucky grand prize winner will get to pick the new Roland device of his or her choice, valued up $20,995 (MSRP), from a selection of 16 featured products. The grand prize winner will be chosen by a Roland DGA judging panel, based on the enthusiasm, creativity and execution quality demonstrated in the video. In addition, weekly “participation prize” winners will be chosen at random and one “People’s Choice” prize will be awarded for the video that receives the most votes during the contest period.

    “This contest provides a fun and creative platform for our customers to tell the world what they’ve been able to achieve with Roland,” said Rick Scrimger,...

    LMT Communications, Inc.
    April 1 at 12:54 pm

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  • March
  • Dental Wings and Heraeus Kulzer Announce Collaboration on Dental Wings Laser Milling Technology and Advanced Heraeus Kulzer Materials

    Dental Wings is very pleased to announce that it has entered into a long-term collaboration with Heraeus Kulzer for the worldwide distribution of the new Dental Wings Laser Milling (DWLM) technology, and the development of Heraeus Kulzer materials that take advantage of this unique process. Together Dental Wings and Heraeus Kulzer will offer groundbreaking solutions to the dental industry that bring meaningful benefits to patients and dental professionals alike.

    Integrating a process called laser ablation with closed loop 3D process and quality control, the DWLM system removes material from polymer, ceramic, or glass ceramic blocks to produce dental restorations directly from open .STL data. Among the benefits are greatly reduced operating costs, high resolution features, and simple to use and maintain equipment. The first joint products will be introduced in the first half of 2016.

    “I am truly honored that our colleagues at Heraeus Kulzer share our vision for this exciting technology...

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  • New Low Cost Table Top 5-Axis Versamill to be Released at IDS 2015

    New addition to the Versamill family to be introduced at IDS 2015 March 10-14 in Koln, Germany. Come to Hall 3.1 Stand: M070 for a demonstration of this exciting new product.

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  • January
  • Axsys Dental Solutions to Debut the New Versamill 5X-200 at Chicago LabDay 2015

    Axsys Dental Solutions will introduce the new Versamill 5X-200 5-Axis Dental Machining Center at LabDay Chicago 2015.

    Axsys Dental Solutions
    January 25, 2015

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  • Sirona Introduces the inLab® MC X5 Disc Milling Unit

    Five-Axis Disc Milling Unit Seamlessly Alternates Between Wet and Dry Milling

    Sirona Dental, Inc.
    January 22, 2015

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  • Harvest Names Donald Park Senior VP of Global Business Development

    Harvest Dental Products has named Donald D. Park, as Senior Vice President of Global Business Development. Donald will lead strategic growth initiatives for Harvest as well as being part of the executive management team.

    “Donald brings a dynamic background to this role that will help impact industry and channel development” said Sasha der Avanessian, Managing Director of Harvest Dental Products. “His background is perfectly matched to the strategic initiatives we have as an growing organization to align the Harvest brand with innovation, product development and growth.”

    Donald’s background in the dental industry spans from implants; materials; new technologies, manufacturing and general lab operations.  He worked on strategic partnerships while at Biomet Inc.; Biomet 3i,LLC and DenMat Holdings LLC with global organizations, including Align Technology, 3M ESPE; Sirona GmbH; 3Shape and many others.

    “This position is a unique opportunity for me to help...

    LMT Communications, Inc.
    January 13, 2015

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  • DAL Celebrates 80th Anniversary

    In December, Dental Arts Laboratories, Inc. (DAL) celebrated 80 years of service to the dental industry. 

    Founded in 1934 by Adolph Knueppel, DAL now has 325 employees across 13 facilities in Illinois, Iowa, Indiana and Missouri. The lab has grown to offer a full range of services—including fixed, removable, implants and snoring/sleep appliances and bruxism/occlusal splints—and two years ago opened DT Technologies to provide subcontracting services and CAD/CAM equipment and materials.

    Part of the laboratory’s success is due to its team of dedicated officers who have a long history with the company, including Terry Knueppel, Adolph’s son, who joined DAL in 1960 and recently became Chairman. Bruce Colgin, who was hired as a part-time delivery driver in 1975, later became President and was recently promoted to CEO. Scott Clark—whose dentist-father was one of Adolph’s clients—has been with DAL since 1977, acting as Executive Vice President until...

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  • November 2014
  • exocad® Acquires Sensable Dental Assets to Provide CAD/CAM Solution for Partial Denture Frameworks

    exocad, a global company providing the most advanced, complete dental CAD/CAM software solution, sold exclusively by reseller/partners, announced that they have acquired the assets of STI Holdings, the provider of the Sensable Dental Lab System (SDLS). SDLS, the industry’s most powerful and versatile CAD/CAM solution for partial framework design, required a proprietary 3D haptic (touch feedback) device. Exocad previewed the world’s first mouse-driven version of the software at the Dental Lab Owners Association of California (DLOAC) 11th International CAD/CAM Expo & Symposium this past weekend in Anaheim, CA.

    “This acquisition underscores our commitment to providing labs and dentists with best available products and extends our design capability to both metal and flexible partial dentures” said Tillmann Steinbrecher, general manager and CEO of exocad. “The advanced voxel-processing technology we have acquired...

    LMT Communications, Inc.
    November 3, 2014

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  • October 2014
  • Argen Hosts "The Future of Digital Dentistry" Seminar Featuring Guest Speaker Dr. Gordon Christensen

    The Argen Corporation will be hosting a seminar, The Future of Digital Dentistry, featuring guest speakers Dr. Gordon Christensen and Dr. Bob Lowe. This event will take place on Wednesday, November 19, 2014 from 9:00am to 4:00pm Pacific Time at the Hilton San Diego Resort and Spa.   

    Dr. Gordon Christensen and Dr. Bob Lowe will be joined by industry experts to speak on the benefits that cutting-edge, digital technology brings to both dental offices and dental laboratories. “We are thrilled to have Dr. Gordon Christensen and Dr. Bob Lowe joining us for an exciting day of insight and education,” states Michael Clark, Senior VP of Domestic Sales at Argen. “Argen is a huge supporter of digital technologies and the benefits they bring to the dental laboratory, dentist and patient.”

    Topics will include: incorporating the digital PFM, Zirconia, PMMA temps and more into your workflow; benefits of intraoral scanning; designing your best restoration and the benefits...

    LMT Communications, Inc.
    September 10, 2014

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  • Heraeus Kulzer Acquires Italian CAD/CAM Company EGS Srl

    German dental supplier Heraeus Kulzer GmbH has acquired the Italian CAD/CAM manufacturer Enhanced Geometry Solutions (EGS Srl).Heraeus Kulzer GmbH is the parent company of Heraeus Kulzer, LLC, the worldwide leader in dental esthetics.

    EGS is a CAD/CAM company recognized for its leading 3D expertise and technology, targeted at the original equipment manufacturer (OEM) market.  Headquartered in Bologna, Italy, EGS distributes its technologies worldwide. With over 15 years of CAD/CAM experience, EGS provides 3D scanners, CAD software and other digital tools for the entire scanning, modeling and designing workflow in dental laboratories.  EGS also offers digital solutions in such areas as aerospace, automotive, consumer products and sports.

    Heraeus Kulzer, with world headquarters in Hanau, Germany and North American headquarters in South Bend, Indiana, supports dental practices and dental laboratories worldwide with a broad range of products for digital and traditional techniques....

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  • August 2014
  • Straumann Launches CARES® Visual 8.8 Software and New Screw-Retained Bars

    On May 5, 2014, Straumann® released CARES® Visual 8.8 software with new prosthetic options.  Included in the launch are the Straumann® CARES® Milled Bar and the Straumann® CARES® Basic Fixed Bar. These bars offer ideal restorations for fully edentulous patients and provide treatment flexibility on implant level and abutment level restorations and individual customization.The Straumann CARES Milled Bar offers a direct connection to implants and delivers a one-piece solution milled to your specifications.  The Straumann CARES Basic Fixed Bar has a sandblasted surface to save time with no visible metal and is wrapped in acrylic, allowing for reline if desired.  CARES Basic Fixed Bar is a cost efficient alternative to a ceramic veneered bridge and an ideal fixed solution for ongoing tissue management. These new offerings will allow dental laboratories to stay competitive in today’s market by providing innovative implant...

    Straumann USA, LLC
    August 7, 2014

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  • July 2014
  • 3M Digital Oral Care Unveils New 3M™ True Definition Scanner

    As more dentists and orthodontists adopt digital scanning in their practices, innovating to provide the best user experience is more important than ever. 3M Digital Oral Care is changing the market again with exciting technological transformations to the 3M True Definition Scanner. The next generation system includes a revolutionary new wand with a profile so slim that it’s the smallest on the market. The new system will be released this fall in tandem with 3M™ True Definition Scanner Software 5.0 that supports faster, easier scanning with the same superior accuracy. With the new 3M True Definition Scanner, adopting digital scanning is now more comfortable and easier than ever before.

    The new 3M True Definition Scanner system was built for fast scanning – once the field is prepared, an adept user can scan a diagnostic arch in as little as 60 seconds. The new wand is designed to fit in the hand like a traditional dental handpiece, with a narrow, angled tip and a slim profile...

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  • June 2014
  • Stratasys Appoints Axsys Incorporated as Distributor of its Dental Series 3-D Printers.

    Wixom, MI, June 16, 2014: Expanding its solutions portfolio, Axsys Incorporated, a leading supplier of CAD/CAM and manufacturing solutions, today announced that it has entered into a Reseller Agreement with Stratasys, Inc.

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