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Bill Wiechert, Manager of the Cast Partial Frames Department at Tetra Dynamics, Inc. in West Babylon,...See more New York (full-service laboratory) has a family history in the industry that spans generations--over 100 years! Bill Wiecherts' grandfather, George, was a pioneer in producing materials for use in fabrication of cast frameworks. He invented duplicating materials incorporating "agar" derived from seaweed, which was patented and used during World War I to produce artificial limbs. George Wiechert is pictured here in this photo (middle row, left side) taken during his lunch break where he worked his first job at Stowe & Eddy Laboratory in Boston, MA. George Wiechert later went on to build his own successful cast partials business. You can read more about Bill and his family history on the Tetra Dynamics website, http://www.tetradynamics.com/index.php/blog/item/282-tetra-dynamics-cast-partial-department-bill-wiechert
The laboratory features Nevin benches with color-corrected lighting and centralized, on-demand Zubler...See more suction units that have dramatically reduced the noise level in the laboratory. The much larger building has also allowed the laboratory to improve efficiency and effectiveness. For instance, it installed a dry model trimmer, more pressable furnaces and two large burnout ovens for cast partials--including a much-needed backup unit the lab wasn't able to accommodate previously. "All of these improvements make it so much easier to operate the laboratory," says Homer.