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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.
- April 2013
All-ceramics, implants, profit erosion and other hot topics inspired dialogue during the biggest weekend of the year.
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- August 2012
For me, one of the greatest highs of our LAB DAY shows is returning home afterwards, brim-full of new ideas, juiced with the energy and creative strategies I pick up from you—our participants and clinicians—when I hear your presentations or we meet on the show floor.
One thing I noticed this year in particular is that the level of competitiveness among vendors at the show has ratcheted up several notches. It was Show- and-Tell in all its glory.
For example, all of the vendors on the Ballroom Level had elaborate displays, fantastic videos, excellent presentations and mouthwatering...
- April 2012
The Harvest Dental Laboratory Products' exhibit table was hopping all weekend thanks to an impressive lineup of master ceramists. Jungo Endo, RDT; Thomas Singh, MDT; Peter Pizzi, MDT; Nondas Vlachopoulos, CDT; Joshua Polansky, MDT; and Richard Pavlak, MDT, gave hands-on demonstrations of the company's newest products, including two launched at LAB DAY:
• The Signature Brush Line, manufactured by ceramic brush and accessory company M.P.F., features four brushes developed by and named after Endo, Singh, Pizzi and Vlachopoulos. Each ceramist used his signature brush during his demonstration.
"For the next 20 years, 10,000 people will reach the age of 65 on a daily basis," said Max Sturm, President of Candulor, during a press conference at LAB DAY. "In addition, 12% of all dentures are now implant supported and we expect to see 6.5% growth in this area next year."
To meet this increasing demand and help laboratories fabricate esthetic and functional dentures, the company announced several new removable products, including:
• Bite Fork--an instrument for checking the correct position of the occlusal plane--has been reworked and is now available in a set with four removable vertical...
LAB DAY 2012 could easily be labeled "The Reinvention Convention." Laboratory owners and managers are more engaged than ever in finding new ways to reinvigorate their businesses
Phillip Marashian (right), PTC's Operations Manager, stands ready to answer questions while Dale Mercer, Bluetooth Dental Arts, Alberta, Canada, flips through the company's latest training tool, the TechGuide. A companion to PTC's TechMaster Training DVDs, the TechGuide is a combined manual and workbook that takes technicians step-by-step through each module on the DVDs. It includes exercises and hands-on practical work to test
comprehension; a hardcover instructor's version with answers is also available. For details, call PTC at 800-448-8855 or visit www.ptcdental.com.
LAB DAY Chicago was the official North American launch of Straumann CARES Visual 7.0. This is the first Straumann system built with Dental Wings Open Software (DWOS™) as the core software, the result of a partnership between the two companies formed last year.
"This partnership improves the customer experience and means labs can now invest in a CAD/CAM system without the fear of being locked in to a single manufacturer. This is a completely open system that offers users the flexibility to fabricate CAD/CAM restorations through Straumann's validated workflow or through an external workflow,"...
To meet the needs of implant, geriatric and TMJ patients, Heraeus Kulzer launched its Mondial 8i-5° posterior tooth line. "New indication areas such as implant prosthetics are placing increased demands on the stability, function and esthetics of denture teeth," said Lesley Melvin, Heraeus Laboratory Product Manager. "That's why we've worked so closely with leading technicians to ensure that our Mondial 8i-5° posterior teeth complement our existing Mondial and Mondial i teeth to give dental practices and laboratories a comprehensive denture teeth line that is unsurpassed for its natural...
If 2011 is any indication, 3Shape isn't slowing down anytime soon. Last year, the company grew by 80% in sales for the U.S.; hired 65 people, including nine in its U.S. office; and filed dozens of U.S. patents.
At LAB DAY, it made two key announcements: its 3Shape TRIOS intraoral digital impression system and a new version of its software will be available by the end of the year. The TRIOS scanner doesn't require the use of spray, captures more than 3,000 2D images per second and the dentist can rest the scanner on the teeth for support as he scans.
The 3Shape Dental System 2013 offers a host...
Smile Line USA introduced Flexipalette, an assortment of three photographic contrastors that have a spotless, anti-reflective black background that enhances your digital photographs. There are three different forms, each one made out of a bendable copper sheet overmolded with Plastimed, a safe medical-grade plastic rubber that's latex free and hypoallergenic. The Flexipalette Colormatch provides a neutral background when taking custom shades. The assortment is available as a complete set or individually. Call 877-755-6868 or visit www.smilelineusa.com.
Just as the Sirona inLab system celebrates its 10-year anniversary, the company has launched a new version of the software, inLab Software 4.0, that offers a faster, easier user interface. Software enhancements include:
•Multiple restoration design that enables the user to work on as many different restorations--including restorations on opposing arches--as he wants and at the same time.
•Design tools enable you to work directly on the tooth when performing functions such as adding or removing material, rotating or positioning a restoration or expanding or reducing tooth size.
Nobel Biocare's NobelReplace implants now offer more restorative options with two additions to the line:
NobelReplace Conical Connection (CC) features an internal conical connection designed to preserve marginal bone by minimizing micro-movements and potential micro-leakage. It also withstands higher torque and lateral loading stress, minimizing forces on the retaining screw and prosthetic component. The implant has been designed with an integrated platform shift to increase soft-tissue volume for higher esthetics, is suitable for use with all prefabricated abutments and individualized CAD/CAM...
Digital System, Lava Materials Launched at Jensen Education Day
At Jensen's 17th annual Education Day at the Swissôtel, the company launched a digital system ideal for small- to mid-sized laboratories that includes the Jensen ST II scanner, Lava™ Design 7 Software, Jensen mill and DEKEMA baSIC Sintering Furnace. In the show's Digital Café area, attendees had the opportunity to test drive the scanner and software.
The company also launched its new Jensen Digital Materials: High Translucency and High Strength Zirconia in frame configurations compatible with all Jensen mills. As the exclusive...
Nearly 100 attendees participated in Star Refining's pedometer promotion at LAB DAY. When attendees stopped by the company's table, they had the opportunity to receive a pedometer and register to compete in a contest to see who walked the farthest during the two-day show. The winner is Pamela Simerman, CDT, Crown and Bridge Manager, Image Dental Arts in Fort Wayne, IN, who wins an iPod Shuffle.
Based on PowerMILL CAM system, Delcam's 2012 version of the DentMILL CAM can take digital CAD designs from most systems and generate toolpaths for a wide range of machine tools. Highlights of the new software include an easier-to-use interface that maximizes screen space; closer integration with other Delcam software, including DentCAD and OrderManager that manages all the information created throughout the lifecycle of an order; more efficient nesting to allow improved material usage; five-axis machining to reduce material waste and minimize hand finishing by removing undercut regions; and new...
3D Systems Showcases New Digital Printer and Material
In Chicago, 3D Systems showcased the 2012 model of its ProJet™ MP 3000, an affordable CAD/CAM printer for working models and drill guides. Thanks to a new resolution print head, print modes, support process and material, it produces detailed, esthetic models with a stone-like, matte finish. The same material, VisiJet™ MP200, can be run in a "gloss mode" for drill guides. The company also introduced VisiJet Clear, a new water-clear, biomedical-rated material for fabricating drill guides on the ProJet 6000 using SLA technology.
Sagemax announces a new partnership with Nabertherm to offer its high-temperature HTCT 01/16 zirconia sintering furnace. Equipped with SiC heating elements to avoid contamination or chemical interactivity often experienced between zirconia units and molybdenum disilicide heating elements, the furnace can reach 1,550°C in less than 40 minutes with cooling capability back to 200°C within 120 minutes for a reasonable overall cycle time and can sinter a variety of different zirconia materials. The furnace augments Sagemax's CAD/CAM product line which also includes its NexxZr,...
Handler Launches Latest Bench, Video on Website
In Chicago, Handler showcased the new PTL-215SP, the latest bench in its Pro Tech Lite Series line. Constructed of steel with an oven-cured, powder-coated finish, the bench offers a spacious work surface with a stainless steel work surface protector. The 62-II Super Sucker II dust collector is housed in the pedestal for quiet operation and there are two suction inlet options: on the bench top or the newly engineered in-drawer suction system with safety shield and arm rest.
The company also recently produced a two-minute video showcasing how it...
Amann Girrbach offers the new Ceramill Motion 2 milling machine during the company's LAB DAY program
The compact hybrid CNC machine combines five-axis milling and grinding technology in both wet and dry applications so laboratories can now dry mill zirconia and wax and wet mill PMMA, temporary materials and composites in-house, as well as wet-grind glass ceramics. The wet grinding option also makes the Ceramill Motion 2 ideal for chairside applications for dental office laboratories. If you missed its debut at LAB DAY, register for a demonstration in your area: visit www.ceramilldemodays.com or...
Vident's VITA® Zyrcomat Can Sinter in 80 Minutes
Vident launches its new VITA Zyrcomat 6000 MS sintering furnace which is capable of sintering up to 25 units as well as nine-unit bridges in 80 minutes starting from room temperature. The furnace has been rigorously tested and proven to provide stress-free, gentle cooling to 400°C for white and industrially pre-colored VITA YZ materials. Conventional firing processes are also pre-programmed and the Zyrcomat can handle high-temperature sintering for all framework materials. For details, call 800-828-3839 or visit www.vident.com.
Zhermack's New Dune EcoTech Micro-Sandblasting System Reduces Sand Consumption
Lab Day attendees got the first look at Zhermack's new Dune EcoTech Micro-Sandblasting System. The unit's flow shut-off valves and calibrated nozzles immediately interrupt sand flow when the pedal is released, allowing for controlled sand dosage and a dramatic reduction in sand consumption. The sand recirculating function reprocesses the abrasive materials for roughening procedures and lining removals, so the majority of the remaining sand is recycled and reused, resulting in minimum waste. A double connection that's...
At LMT's LAB DAY 2012--the largest international gathering of the dental laboratory community in North America--about 1,140 manufacturer and supplier representatives greeted over 3,100 attendees from 47 states and 49 countries.
LAB DAY has become the place for product launches and breaking news. On the following pages, LMT Editors bring you the full scoop straight from the show floor and various industry events around Chicago. But first, here's an overview of the hot topics that inspired dialogue and debate during our profession's biggest weekend of the year:
BUSINESS GETTING BETTER.
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- March 2012
- April 2011
The current economic turmoilâwhich many predict will affect our growth through 2010âhas created a ravine through an otherwise positive trend line in our well-regarded industry.