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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, CDT/TE · 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. :)
exocad GmbH is now integrated with 3M®/Steinbichler® and Renishaw® scanners; labs that own these systems can upgrade to an exocad-based system for only the cost of the software. In addition,...See more exocad has a new touch-enabled user interface, compatible with Windows 8 devices. An enhancement to the TruSmile® add-on module allows realistic per-tooth rendering for different metal alloys and ceramics, providing the dentist with a valuable tool to increase patient acceptance of a proposed restorative design. Note to any Lab Day Chicago attendees who tried to attend exocad’s clinics, Why is Everyone Talking About exocad?: Options from your Current CAD/CAM System and For Advanced and Experienced exocad Users, between 1:00-3:00pm on Saturday: these clinics were actually presented earlier in the day; there was a misprint in the Show Program Guide. As a consideration to those attendees, exocad is offering a free full-day training session on June 14 at exocad’s test lab in Boston, MA. Attendees must pay for their own travel and lodging, but the training, meals and fun will be provided. For more information, call 855-EXO-4CAD (386-4223), email email@example.com or visit www.exocad.com.
VITA Suprinity, a zirconia-reinforced lithium silicate ceramic, was displayed for the first time in the U.S. at Vident’s LAB DAY exhibit. The new-generation glass ceramic has a zirconium dioxide...See more content around 10 times that of traditional CAD/CAM glass ceramic in combination with a fine-grained and homogeneous structure. Indicated for anterior and posterior crowns, implant restorations as well as veneers, inlays and onlays, the material will be available in the U.S. later this year for the CEREC/inLab MC XL, Amann Girrbach Ceramill Motion 2 and the KaVo Arctica 2 milling systems. Call 800-828-3839 or visit vident.com.
B&D introduced ORIGIN® LIVETM Multi Zirconia, pre-shaded, multi-layered discs; each layer mimics the inherent gradations of natural teeth, including chroma, value, incisal effects and...See more translucency. Since there’s no dipping or drying involved, the pre-shaded disks streamline production and are less technique sensitive than the coloring liquid method, according to B&D. The company also demonstrated its new ORIGIN-Haas 5HD milling machine with improved milling strategies (ORIGIN CAM Plus+ powered by hyperDENT) for fabricating custom abutments, implant bars and implant bridges. The machine offers 2.5-micron repeatable accuracy and processes all types of CAD/CAM materials. Laboratories that purchase an ORIGIN-Haas 5HD are also eligible for discounted pricing on B&D’s materials, including zirconia and coloring liquids. For details, call 800-255-2839 or visit origincadcam.com.
PEEK—poly-ether-ether-ke-tone—was the talk of the IDS in Cologne last year; now, it’s come to the U.S. in the form of the JUVORA Dental Disc made from PEEK sourced directly and exclusively...See more from Invibio® Biomaterial Solutions, a global leader of PEEK biomaterials. Available from JUVORA Inc., the disc received FDA clearance for milling frameworks for complete and partial removable dentures and implant overdentures earlier this year. “PEEK has had some use historically in dental applications such as abutments and healing caps. However, now with the JUVORA Dental Disc, dental professionals in the U.S. have the ability to use CAD/CAM technology for precision designing PEEK frameworks for removable prostheses,” explained Nicole Czechowski, Business Development Manager, JUVORA Dental Innovations. The JUVORA Dental Disc is lightweight, biocompatible, radiolucent, highly wear and abrasion resistant, and has elastic properties similar to that of human bone. JUVORA’s type of PEEK has been replacing metal in implantable medical device applications for more than a decade. “It is the only PEEK material with such a long-term history, used in more than four million implanted medical devices,” said Czechowski, noting that the off-white polymer comes in 98-mm discs and can be milled in 4- or 5-axis open systems. It’s available only to JUVORA Certified Partners (Panthera Dental is the first JUVORA Certified Partner in North America). To become a certified partner, labs must participate in a two-hour training session via teleconference and complete a hands-on component. A training video and reference materials are also provided to ensure labs are fully supported post-certification. “In addition to training and telephone support, certified partners receive a marketing kit to promote the new offering to dentist-customers. Because of the potential patient benefits that come with this high-strength, metal-free solution, we are seeing labs charge a premium for it over metal frame dentures,” said Czechowski. For details, call 651-324-4208, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.juvoradental.com.
In early February, LMT traveled to Panthera Dental in beautiful Quebec City to learn more about this new high-tech production center and its digital product offerings, including zirconia and PEEK double-structure bars.
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 email@example.com