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- January 2013
Imagine the ability to fabricate a restoration before the patient's tooth is even prepped. Thanks to a new system in development from B&D, you may soon be able to do just that.
The company previewed its new Digital Prep Guide, currently in beta testing, at the Dental Laboratory Owners' Association of California's (DLOAC) CAD/CAM Expo and Symposium in November in Garden Grove, CA. Here's how it works: at the patient's first visit, if the dentist doesn't have an intraoral scanner, he takes a conventional impression then sends it to the lab where the technician fabricates a model, scans...
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- April 2011
Thanks to the growing popularity and acceptance of CAD/CAM technology, the product landscape is changing rapidly. New equipment manufacturers have entered the marketplace. Established manufacturers are adding components to their systems to give users more purchase options and lower-priced equipment. There are new substructure materials being introduced as well as a wealth of veneering porcelains with coefficients of thermal expansions specific to the substructure materials.
But these developments also create a challenge for owners and managers because they have more technology to learn and...
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Lincoln Dental Supply's partner laboratories test products for quality and performance before they're added to the company's lineup.
Laboratory owners have long bemoaned products that come to market before their time. One way proactive labs are combating the problem is by getting in on the ground floor. About a dozen U.S. laboratories are testing labs for Lincoln Dental Supply, evaluating the quality and performance of all of the products the company manufactures, as well as those it's planning to distribute, before it adds them to its product lineup.
Here's how the testing process works:...
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With a record-breaking 115,000 attendees and almost 2,000 exhibitors, the IDS show in Cologne in March was upbeat and chock full of new products, materials, manufacturing solutions and systems. LMT's Kelly Carr and Jessica Fila attended the five-day show to give you a sneak peek at what's coming down the pike for the U.S. market.
Digital Manufacturing Equipment
The proliferation of digital technologies continued to flourish at the show, with more and more digital manufacturing solutions being introduced, including printing and laser sintering. Another trend: milling units that can...
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Nearly 300 attendees, including laboratory owners and managers, outsourcing centers and manufacturers, were on hand at the International CAD/CAM Technology Symposium and Expo held in November. This valuable learning opportunity included manufacturer presentations and an action-packed exhibit hall, and LMT was your eyes and ears at this year's event.
"Thank you for stepping out of your labs to hear where the future of our industry is going." With these words, Glenn Thom, CDT, executive director of the Dental Laboratory Owners Association of California (DLOAC), kicked off the group's third annual...
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Life changed dramatically for Donna Pickett's laboratory in Taylorsville, Utah, when she added milling services and became a zirconia distribution center.
For more than 10 years, it was just the two of them: Donna Pickett, owner of Broadway Dental Lab in Taylorsville, Utah, and her son, Sullivan Heward, fabricating conventional PFMs. And when dentist-clients started prescribing zirconia restorations in 2007, she subcontracted the work to a nearby laboratory.
But as the lab's zirconia business increased, so did the subcontracting costs and Pickett had to reevaluate her business model....
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Themed Future Ready, Zahn Dental's 2009 Leadership Summit offered a comprehensive look at the transformation of our industry and how emerging technologies are changing the way laboratories operate on all levels.
"This is a pivotal time in our industry," said Dell Dine, vice president of research and development for National Dentex Corp., during his presentation at Zahn Dental's 2009 Leadership Summit on October 29-31 in Weston, Florida. Themed Future Ready, the highly interactive, information-packed program offered the 120 attendees from 50 different laboratories an in-depth look at the transformation...
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