Would you have imagined back in 1984 that digital technology would play such a prominent role in today’s dental laboratory? In October of that year, LMT urged readers to be open to the “new” technology saying, “A computer is no longer an extravagance; it’s an essential management tool which, when used with the proper software, can pay for itself in a relatively short span of time.” In speaking with our readers back then, we noted a common theme: readers were interested in what a computer could do for their businesses, but were overwhelmed by the thought of really incorporating them into their laboratories. Sound familiar? This is a sentiment we often hear from lab owners today who want to get on board with digital fabrication.
Given the rapid advancement of digital technology, what do you think dental laboratories will look like 10 or 20 years from now?