LAB DAY Chicago 2015
Feb 27-28, 2015
Chicago, IL
LAB DAY West 2015
Saturday May 2, 2015
Garden Grove, CA
LAB DAY East 2015
Saturday Sep 19, 2015
Atlantic City, NJ
Articles
  • October
  • He Needed a Crown and Found a Career

    After meeting at LAB DAY West 2013, Sully Samartzis invited LMT’s Judy Fishman to visit his laboratory when she arrived in Arizona later that year. The laboratory is a pristine addition to a gorgeously appointed home, designed by wife Debbie, a professional interior decorator.

    In 1999, Sully Samartzis had a toothache on #13. Treatment meant a root canal procedure followed by a crown. Of Greek descent, he’d only been in the U.S. for three months, arriving here from Germany with a degree in electronics and $1,400 to his name.

    Intent on being self-employed and, ideally, working from home...

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  • The Inventive Technician: Focus is on User-Friendly Materials

    Once she arrived in Arizona last fall, LMT Publisher Judy Fishman visited Scott Atkin, Owner of Creative Milling Dental Laboratory and CEO of Dental Lab Milling Supplies, LLC, in Scottdale, AZ, just as Bentley, Atkin’s massive Bernese Mountain Dog, was headed out for a walk with one of the staff members. Atkin “struck gold” in 2007 by adding a retail component to his business model to stay ahead of what’s trending and increase his revenue base.

    “The focus for labs these days needs to be on creating win-win opportunities for themselves and their clients,” says...

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  • August
  • Now's the Time to Take Advantage of Tax Code Credits/Deductions

    LMT’s Buyer’s Guide is timed to coincide with your end-of-year fiscal planning and serves as a reminder that the cost of purchased or leased equipment (as well as off-the-shelf software) can be deducted under Section 179 of the IRS Tax Code.

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  • June
  • And the Winner is...Bart Hyde, Hyde Dental Prosthetics
    Bart Hyde · Technical · June/July 2014

    Bart Hyde, Hyde Dental Prosthetics in Fallon, NV, took first place in the 2014 North American Art of Denture Competition. Hyde offers a step-by-step look at his winning entry and his creative thought process.

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  • LMT's 24th Annual LAB DAY West Heats Up Southern California
    Becky Tyre · LAB DAY · June/July 2014

    Coming from 11 countries and 26 states, over 1,600 laboratory owners, managers and technicians battled a heat wave to join LMT for LAB DAY West on May 16-17 in Garden Grove, CA.

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  • May
  • Grateful Hearts, Educated Minds

    In October of 1979, Oscar Mendoza fled for his life to California in the trunk of a car after his uncle was killed in the Salvadoran Civil War.

    At the same time 19-year-old Oscar arrived in the U.S., Martha Rico Aguilera arrived from Mexico, 16 and pregnant. Mendoza got a job in an auto detail shop; she in a balloon factory, printing balloons for Disneyland. They met on the bus to their respective jobs and soon got married.

    Though they applied for citizenship in the early 1980s, it was a long and ardous path to get there. “We kept meticulous records,” says Oscar, “and that sealed...

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  • Bell Curves and Base Camps

    During the start-up years of LMT, I read several articles about how product life cycles are bell curves; they typically peak and then decline. I also subscribed to the Harvard Business Review (HBR) and it featured a series about why most startups fail within the first five years.

    Between the image of the bell curve and the HBR stats, the message loomed large that I needed to remain on high alert to recognize when LMT might peak and start to decline. I also decided it was important to have more than one product. We created LAB DAY.

    Our fourth year was exceptional; I knew then that we were going...

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  • Lab Owners Bring High Energy, Enthusiasm to LMT LAB DAY East

    Coming from 23 states and 12 countries, LAB DAY East 2014 attendees—more than 900 lab owners, managers and technician--were upbeat and optimistic about business and keenly interested in adding new materials, products and equipment to their labs.

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  • April
  • New Players: LMT Welcomes New Exhibitors to LAB DAY

    There were several new companies exhibiting at LAB DAY this year, almost all of them in the digital solutions arena:

    3DRPD USA is printing chrome-cobalt partial denture frameworks at its new facility in Rouses Point, NY. The company is working with laboratory customers only; you send an .stl file of a designed framework and the turnaround time starts at three days. For more details, call 855-373-6458, email info@3DRPDUSA.com or visit www.3DRPDUSA.com.  

    DOF, Inc. (Degree of Freedom) specializes in open architecture CAD/CAM applications for the dental industry. Headquartered in Seoul, Korea,...

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  • CAP Introduces New Multi-Layered Zirconia, Awarded CIMSystem Reseller Award

    Custom Automated Prosthetics (CAP) introduced Multi FZ, a multi-layered zirconia that makes it possible to achieve an esthetic, multi-colored, monolithic, high-strength (1,100MPa flexural strength), milled full contour zirconia restoration without dipping or green-state shading. The 98-mm discs mimic natural dentition with cervical, body and enamel shading and a “blend zone” at each shade interface. For four- or five-axis milling machines, the discs are competitively priced and come in three different colors and white in order to match 16 VITA shades and bleach shades.  CAP Multi...

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  • exocad® Expands Integration, Upgrades Software

    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, 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,...

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  • Uhler Showcases UDS Pour Acrylic

    Uhler Dental Supply showcased its new UDS Pour Acrylic, a dimensionally stable auto-polymer used to make full or partial dentures in alginate (Max Print) or hydrocolloid (New Flex) investment material. LAB DAY attendees were given samples to take home and evaluate the new shades. For more information, call 800-937-3753.

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  • Foredom Introduces Shelf Arm for Work Bench System

    The MAAH-S Shelf Arm, the newest addition to Foredom’s Work Bench System, was on display for the first time in the LAB DAY Exhibit Hall. The arm is a 10 1⁄4” x 8 3⁄4”, powder-coated, steel platform that is 1/4”-thick and swings 180°. It mounts directly onto the Work Bench System Motor Hanger or alternate support rod and is ideal for holding compact tools like micromotors or filter hoods. The system also features a pivoting LED light bar, handpiece rest and storage arms. Components are made of brushed stainless steel and anodized aluminum with uniform mounting...

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  • Who Are the Damaged Goods?

    If you walked past the Smile Line booth at LAB DAY, it was hard to miss the pirate logo hanging on the wall behind the hands-on demonstrations. Smile Line partnered with the Dental Technicians Guild (DTG), a group of 130 technicians committed to helping each other improve their skills, networking and sharing ideas. With a strong Facebook following, members come from all over the world including Spain, Columbia, Japan and Russia.

    Founder Von Grow started the Damaged Goods t-shirt line a few years ago and decided to use the pirate logo to brand the DTG group. For more information—including...

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  • Attendees Get First Look at VITA Suprinity

    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 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.

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  • Aurident, Inc. Awards Digital Tablet

    LMT’s Judy Fishman draws the winning names in Aurident’s annual LAB DAY drawing. Tim Donahue, CDT, LaDouce Dental Laboratory, Saginaw, MI, won a Samsung Galaxy Tab 3, and Mark Urlaub, Precision Dental, Omaha, NE, won a 1-oz. Silver Eagle Coin.

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  • Amann Girrbach America Announces New Materials, Interfaces

    In its “Lab Lounge” at LAB DAY, Amann Girrbach America featured Ceramill Zolid Pre-Shaded Blanks and Liquids, including three new pre-shaded blanks and a wide range of shading liquids, including the 16 Vita Classic shades. The company also now offers VITA ENAMIC® for Ceramill Motion 2, and Ceramill Multiframe, an adapter that makes Ceramill blanks compatible with other open 98-mm milling systems.

    The company also introduced Ceramill IOS, a new process that integrates Ceramill design software and milling units with third-party intraoral scanners. A new partnership between Amann Girrbach...

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  • Vident Awards Two iPAD Airs

    Holly Garvin from Dental Associates in Appleton, WI (pictured) and Alex Sakovich from Smile Builders in Palatine, IL, were lucky winners of an iPAD Air in Vident’s LAB DAY Chicago drawing. Anyone who attended a Vident clinic at the show had the chance to enter to win; an entry form was included in a pre-show mailer, making it easy for attendees to choose from six Vident clinics—covering everything from full contour zirconia to removable dentures—and complete the form and drop the entry in the raffle box at LAB DAY.

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  • Whip Mix's New Custom Abutment Service and Sintering Furnace

    Dental Technology Solutions, Whip Mix’s outsource service, has expanded its offering to include Vericore titanium and zirconia custom abutments. The Vericore Zirconia Hybrid Custom Abutments provide the natural esthetics of zirconia with the precision and durability of a titanium interface. The Vericore Premier Titanium Custom Abutments are polished and engraved with tooth numbers. Each custom abutment comes with a titanium platform and screw; 19 platforms for seven major implant systems are available. The company accepts .stl files with a two-day turnaround time. All milling services are...

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  • DWOS LiveLink™ Makes World Debut

    DWOS LiveLink from Dental Wings made its world premiere at LAB DAY Chicago. This technology enables technicians and dentists to work together in real time to determine the optimal position of the implants in relation to the bone, soft tissue, adjacent and opposing dentition, and the virtual prosthetic design. Any changes made in DWOS CAD software or coDiagnostiX implant planning software is simultaneously updated live in both applications, ensuring that surgical and restorative factors are considered prior to implant placement.

    After the positions are established and approved by the dentist, the...

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  • Ivoclar Vivadent Honors Art of Denture Winners at Awards Ceremony

    All day Friday, the LB Promenade was buzzing with LAB DAY attendees trying to get a look at the display of 28 entries in the second North American Art of Denture (KunstZahnWerk®) Competition, sponsored by Ivoclar Vivadent and LMT.

    During the Friday afternoon award ceremony, Sarah Anders, Ivoclar Vivadent’s new Senior Vice President of North American Sales, was on hand to congratulate the winners. “The Art of Denture Competition allows us to celebrate the incredible skills of dental technicians from across North America. The winners continue to amaze us with their abilities and creativity,”...

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  • On Board for LAB DAY!

    More than 40 technicians from D&S Dental Laboratory made the trip to LAB DAY Chicago, most of them riding together on a chartered bus from the lab’s Waunakee, WI location. “We always look forward to LAB DAY Chicago to catch up on industry news and see new, exciting developments from vendors. The education and networking opportunities are especially valuable, with so many knowledgeable people from across the country in one place,” says Travis Zick, President, D&S Dental Laboratory. “Our technicians enjoy talking to exhibitors, visiting with other technicians, and...

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  • 30th Annual LAB DAY a Record Breaker with 3,236 Attendees

    LMT’s 30th annual LAB DAY Chicago—the largest dental laboratory show in North America—was a record-breaker with 3,236 attendees and sold-out exhibit space. For the first time since we moved to a two-day format in 2011, the Exhibit Hall was as flooded on Friday as it was on Saturday!

    Packed with energy and enthusiasm, attendees (from 53 countries and 49 states) told us they greatly appreciated the excellent manufacturer-sponsored programs—over 300 concurrent sessions in all—because they focused on practical education and information rather than on pushing product sales.

    “I...

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  • March
  • Time, Technology & Tenacity

    LAB DAY Chicago was particularly energized this year.

    With technology calling the shots on so many levels, it seemed attendees flooded the Exhibit Hall and educational programs with a heightened level of enthusiasm. That’s just what’s needed if you want to keep on top of what’s trending.

    Like you, manufacturers are caught up in this enthusiasm as well; they have no choice. Even though they are the ones spearheading the digital transition, it is an intense time for them. Take any heavy-hitting, long-time player in this field: from their perspective, it’s unimaginable to think...

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  • February
  • The Launch of an Industry Phenomenon: LAB DAY  ®

    If you’re a regular LAB DAY Chicago attendee it may be hard to believe that a show known to be the largest gathering of dental laboratory decision makers in North America began with just 30 exhibitors and about 275 attendees.

    Prior to 1985, the Chicago Dental Society (CDS)’s MidWinter Meeting was housed in the downtown Hilton Hotel and a handful of companies hosted programs for the laboratory community across the street in the Blackstone Hotel. But in 1985, the CDS moved its meeting to the convention center, which left some companies up in the air about what to do for their technician...

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