Shareholders in Delcam, one of the world’s leading suppliers of advanced software for manufacturing industry, today voted to accept the offer made by Autodesk to acquire the company. The acquisition...See more is expected to be completed during February. Headquartered in Birmingham, UK, Delcam has more than 30 offices worldwide and over 700 employees. The company’s range of design, manufacturing and inspection software provides automated CAD/CAM solutions for a variety of industries, ranging from automotive and aerospace to footwear and healthcare. The latest NC Software Market Analysis Report from leading US analysts CIMdata showed that, in 2012, Delcam again had the highest vendor revenues and received the highest end-user payments of all the CAM-centric companies. This result meant that the company completed thirteen years as the world’s leading specialist supplier of CAM software and services. Autodesk and Delcam offer complementary ranges of software, with Autodesk’s programs for design, engineering and entertainment able to be combined with Delcam strengths in manufacturing. On completion of the acquisition, Delcam will become a subsidiary of Autodesk. It will maintain its focus on accelerating the growth of its market share in the manufacturing sector, with the added strength that will come from being part of a larger organisation. Delcam customers will continue to be supported by the skilled and experienced engineers for which the company is renowned through its global network of Subsidiaries, Joint Ventures and Sales Partners.
D&S Group, Inc. of Waunakee, WI recently welcomed the experienced Hootman Dental Laboratory of Rockford, IL as its newest laboratory facility. Serving the dental community of northern Illinois and...See more southern Wisconsin since 1927, Hootman Dental Laboratory brings tremendous history, tradition and experience to the D&S Group. The Rockford based laboratory will serve as D&S’s southerly hub for improved presence in southern Wisconsin and northern Illinois. Travis Zick, President of D&S Dental Group, Inc., said “This partnership allows us to expand into a new market and team up with some great people. We’re excited about bringing our philosophy of service, education, and quality craftsmanship—backed by competitive pricing—to the northern Illinois arena.” While Hootman’s experience and locale will improve D&S’s Midwestern presence, D&S’s command of the newest and most efficient dental technologies will boost the Illinois lab’s technological capacities and product selection. Digital impression scans, digital design, CAD/CAM milling services, immediate access to the latest materials and products, and additional technological resources will now be offered on Hootman’s list of services. “The collaboration will both enhance and expand upon our current product offerings to meet the needs and exceed the expectations of both existing and potential clients,” said Debra Swenson, President of Hootman Dental Laboratory. “With new state-of-the-art technology, affordable pricing, additional continuing education opportunities, and an expanded well of expertise and knowledge to draw from, Hootman will continue to be the best laboratory choice for area dental professionals.” For more about D&S Group, Inc., including products and services offered, visit dnsdental.com.
Ivoclar Vivadent announces that Sean Sexton has accepted the position of Wieland Dental Technical Sales Representative. At Wieland, Mr. Sexton will focus on sales specific to Wieland's Zenotec CAD/CAM...See more brand. Sean will also develop and consult on digital laboratory production environments on behalf of Ivoclar Vivadent and Wieland customers. A Chicago native, Mr. Sexton holds a Bachelor's Degree in Entrepreneurship from Columbia College and also completed additional courses at Florida Southern College. With more than 11 years of dental sales experience focusing on dental furniture and laboratory design, Mr. Sexton previously served as South East Regional Manager for Dental EZ in Atlanta, GA. "Mr. Sexton's knowledge, experience, and positive attitude will be valuable assets as part of the Wieland Sales Team," said Stanley N. Maragos, Vice President and General Manager for Wieland Dental. Mr. Sexton also becomes parts of the larger Ivoclar Vivadent Technical Sales Team. Ivoclar Vivadent acquired Wieland Dental earlier this year to complement its extensive products and services. Under Ivoclar Vivadent's leadership, Wieland Dental continues to grow. Ivoclar Vivadent also hired more than 100 professionals since 2012 and currently has more than 450 employees serving the North American dental market.
Roland DGA Corp. has announced that its DWX-50 dental CAD/CAM milling machine has earned approval from 3M ESPE for the company's Lava Ultimate Restorative resin nano ceramic material. Built on more than...See more 20 years of proven CNC milling technology, the DWX-50 joins a growing list of open-architecture mills to receive this certification. "As an open-architecture system, the DWX-50 allows labs to customize their production environments with the most advanced tools and materials from industry leaders like 3M ESPE," said Brian Brooks, product manager for Roland DGA Corp. "This certification provides Roland labs everywhere with immediate access to one of the world's most innovative dental prosthetic materials. Together, the DWX-50 and Lava Ultimate Restorative provide labs with precision results, fast, efficient production, and exceptional durability for better overall patient care." A resin nano ceramic material that offers patients excellent esthetics and outstanding strength, Lava Ultimate Restorative can be characterized and finished without firing&mdas;dramatically reducing production time. The material is designed for long-term durability and backed by a 10-year warranty. Patients experience less wear to the opposing dentition than with glass ceramics and a tooth-like bite feel due to its excellent absorption of chewing forces. Should the underlying dentition need additional treatment or repair, the material is easily modified and repaired like real tooth structure. Paired with Lava Ultimate Restorative, the DWX-50 is the perfect way to bring previously outsourced work in house. Five-axis simultaneous machining capabilities and a 5-station automatic tool changer streamline production, and its open architecture design allows seamless integration with commercially available dental CAD/CAM software and hardware. The DWX-50 mills a variety of materials, including resin nano ceramic, zirconia, wax and PMMA. The DWX-50 is available from authorized Roland dental dealers. For more information, including where to purchase, please visit www.rolanddga.com/dental. For information on Lava Ultimate Restorative from 3M ESPE, visit www.3MESPE.com/LavaUltimate.
Ivoclar Vivadent announces it will conduct an online broadcast addressing the future of CAD/CAM in the dental laboratory on October 22, 2013, at 11 a.m. EST/8 a.m. PST. Interested laboratory professionals...See more can register at www.FutureofCADCAM.com The Future of CAD/CAM online broadcast will provide viewers with the information they need to create sustainable business growth while taking advantage of the opportunities that lie ahead in the dental laboratory industry. Because different laboratories have different needs, the broadcast will address several processing solutions to support a variety of laboratory goals. Matt Roberts, CDT, AAACD, will demonstrate world-class esthetics and ways to satisfy all of a laboratory's restorative needs by blending both traditional techniques with new digital solutions. Nelson Rego, CDT, AAACD, will describe "real life" CAD/CAM integration and new bottom-line results that will change viewers' outlooks toward the future of the dental laboratory industry. Lee Culp, CDT, AAACD, will complement these presentations by sharing his experiences and the application of digital technology to combine high-level esthetics with high-volume production. Dr. George Tysowsky, Vice President of Technology for Ivoclar Vivadent, will introduce the program with a discussion of Ivoclar Vivadent's vision for the future of CAD/CAM. His presentation will include a review of the respected ceramic materials and comprehensive processing systems developed by Ivoclar Vivadent, including IPS Empress® as the ultimate option for metal-free esthetics, IPS e.max® as the leading option for esthetics and strength, and Wieland Zenostar® Full-Contour Zirconia as the best option for even higher strength restorations. "Ivoclar Vivadent revolutionized dentistry with IPS Empress® and has become a driving force in bringing contemporary ceramic materials to the dental industry," said Robert A. Ganley, CEO of Ivoclar Vivadent. "As the world leader in all-ceramic restorative materials, we are committed to offering dental professionals world wide the most advanced technologies, highest quality products, and world-class education." Innovative materials and processes are quickly evolving to change how the industry produces quality esthetic dentistry. The October 22nd online event will provide dental laboratory professionals with several solutions to support a variety of laboratory goals. Visit www.FutureofCADCAM.com to register today! For further information, please contact John Isherwood at 716.691-2233 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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In the early 1980s, industry forecasters predicted a boon in implant placement, a prediction that was premature for a market still in its infancy. Inadequate education, inconsistent techniques and unpredictable...See more results contributed to resistance on the part of many dentists and laboratories. However, by the time we entered the new millennium, implant treatment became the first choice in tooth replacement thanks to technical advancements, long-term success rates, and the abundance of manufacturer-provided education. The advent of CAD/CAM and cone beam technology further impacted the precision of implant placement with the development of sophisticated treatment planning software and surgical guides, making surgery more straightforward for the doctor and less traumatic for the patient. As of 2013, laboratories reported that two-thirds of their dentist-clients were prescribing implant restorations, according to LMT’s Implant Survey. Visit LMTmag.com tomorrow for another LMT Memorable Moment.
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...See more 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, the strongest material on the market for all-ceramic restorations; other material options, depending on the system, included aluminum oxide, lithium disilicate, composite, gold, non-precious alloys, reinforced ceramic-based materials and titanium. As the number of systems on the market multiplied, laboratory owners who wanted to get on board grappled with purchasing decisions. Some opted to outsource, but many have made the investment; LMT’s 2013 Digital Technology survey found that 55% of full service and C&B laboratories have some type of digital equipment in-house. The extent to which CAD/CAM has revolutionized our industry in such a short time is inarguable. In just 10 years, the percentage of CAD/CAM-milled restorations fabricated by labs has increased tenfold: according to LMT’s surveys, in 2003, CAD/CAM restorations were only 4% of the total C&B workload; they now make up 41%. Visit LMTmag.com tomorrow for another LMT Memorable Moment.
October 1986, IECDT, New York City: Crowds of technicians attended Dr. Francois Duret’s lecture during which he demonstrated his chairside CAD/CAM system for the first time in the U.S. Based on micro-milling...See more technology used to make titanium microchips for computers and missile parts, the system featured a laser scanner and milling machine that could fabricate crowns, inlays, onlays and up to three-unit bridges out of Dicor® material. Touted as the system that “has the potential to change the way dentistry is done as we know it,” some attendees were concerned that chairside CAD/CAM would render laboratories obsolete and that an entire generation of technicians would lose their jobs. On the flip side, other laboratory owners saw the potential of the technology and the positive changes that might occur as a result. For instance, the late Al Sabella, MDT, Sabella Dental Studios, Hartdale, NY, said, “In the future, dental technicians will have to become familiar with engineering principles and computer readouts. This kind of technology won’t eliminate the end product, just our means of getting to it. When you measure what used to be available to us as consumers against what’s now available—such as VCRs, compact discs, the Concorde, etc.—it’s obvious that this scanner is an example of what our future looks like.” Visit LMTmag.com tomorrow for another LMT Memorable Moment.
In the 1970s, a buzzer on a porcelain furnace was considered a luxury gadget. Back then, many insisted that a true ceramist should be monitoring the progress of the bake by eye, not depending on a buzzer...See more to tell you when the case is ready.However, by the end of 1984, an LMT survey found that two-thirds of porcelain furnaces used in dental laboratories were either partially or fully automatic. LMT then observed, “modern technology has brought us computerized furnaces with features not even thought of just a few years ago, but the prices for these units are considerable.” Many small labs in particular felt these furnaces—like today’s CAD/CAM systems—were beyond their financial means. Visit LMTmag.com tomorrow for another LMT Memorable Moment.
Zirkonzahn's Georg Walcher, MDT, offers his step-by-step technique for rehabilitating an edentulous patient with implants and fixed Zirconia Prettau Bridges.
David Lesh · October 11, 2012
There's always a lot of great technical talk here, but I would love to participate in some conversation about the trends taking place in the industry and how they affect us. I started Dale Dental 12 years...See more ago as a way for labs to get access to the restorations they needed to grow their business. To me however, Dale was always about more than the restorations or the cad/cam or anything else like that. Dale was about a paradigm shift in the way labs work. I believed then, as I do now, that labs needed to focus more on what they make, rather than how they make. I grew up in the old dental lab industry where technicians had to focus on the "how to make" things like the ratios and mixing of powder and water for accurate models or how to accurately cast alloys or get ceramics to fire just right. Today, technology lets labs focus more on creating the value their doctors need for some of their cases. Understanding your labs strongest value proposition and being able to articulate that to attract the dentists that need and will pay for it is, and will always be, critical for success. I look forward to discussing what I see as a new business model. One where labs start to really identify their strengths and "double down" on them instead of trying to be everything to any doctor that will "call them for a pick up" and, one where labs use scanners linked to a Dale Dental type, to access what they need as opposed to focusing on how to make everything and running equipment. Best to all Dave
Claus Dampmann · June 15, 2012
A counter viewpoint to those who have concerns about the materials being used in China.
Bob Cohen, CDT · June 6, 2012
Hi, Being a reseller of CAD CAM equipment we have found it to be very interesting that many decision makers in dental labs want help figuring out if it's the right time to buy. From a business perspective...See more it's all about return on investment (ROI). So, for the sake of this exercise let's look at the cost of borrowing $10K over 5 years. Based on 21 manufacturing days in a month the $10K turns out to cost about $8.50 per day. So, a $27K scanner will run a little less than $25 per day. That said, if you are outsourcing models and the model base work flow is costing $25 more than just sending a digital file for manufacturing you can logically see that it does not take much work to get to a break even or to become significantly more profitable. In addition, you need to add in the labor to scan and design the cases in your facility. This cost can very widely with efficiency of the individual(s) performing this operation. On the other side of the coin, you gain the savings of the cost of packaging and shipping (in addition to time savings). In reality, these two costs may be close to equal, so, it's a wash. In conclusion, labs outsourcing 20 plus units a month are at the break even point to purchase a scanner and CAD software that is in the cost range of about $27K. In conclusion, one can figure a daily cost of about $8.50 per $10K borrower over 5 years. Hope this post can help some of those in question. Please feel free to add comments. Bob
Laura Sheppard · May 18, 2012
The NBC has been asked for CAD CAM credentialling. I know it sounds good on paper. But practically, how would you envision a CAD CAM test to be, that would credential this skill set? What would we test...See more candidates on (designing?), how would we evaluate it and what tools would be required? Keeping in mind that each test facility would likely need to have the process(s) on site? Or, would each candidate bring a lap top with software? would there be a production element? Also, the industry does not have one universal open-architect system that all candidates would have access to, or be trained on. And, non-vendor specific training materials need to be available......any and all ideas are welcome. :)