Jeff Smith, CDT has over 34 years of experience as a technician, manager and educator. He received his...See more training in the U.S. Air Force, earned a degree in Occupational Education from the Community College of the Air Force, and maintains certification in both C&B and Ceramics. He taught dental laboratory technology at the Department of Defense Dental Laboratory School at Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas, where he served as the Course Director. He joined Ivoclar Vivadent upon retiring from the Air Force in 1999 and is currently the Associate Manager of the Technical Services Department, responsible for education, product support/troubleshooting and research and development. Smith has lectured throughout the U.S., Canada, Europe, New Zealand and Japan.
The R&E Tax Credit rewards companies investing resources in the development or improvement of its products, processes and techniques. If you qualify, you could receive a credit of $25,000 to $50,000 per year depending on your situation.
Whip Mix Research and Development Laboratory, approximately 1928. Note gentleman with the original Whip...See more Mix (egg beater) Spatulator. It's Robert Neiman who, over a period of 63 years at Whip Mix Corp., made significant discoveries and contributions to the profession. He was the author of numerous professional articles in dental journals and dental material textbooks and patented many of his inventions. In 1998, he was awarded the world-acclaimed Skinner Award for meritorious innovation in dental materials, the highest award that the Dental Materials Group bestows upon life-long individual achievement.
Step 2,3,4 Dr. Heather Crouch, DDS, from Elko, NV, prepped the patientâ€™s teeth and sent...See more the impressions, bites and prescription to Sharp Dental Laboratory, also in Elko, NV. Step 3 The laboratory completed the pre-operative and working models and sent them with the instructions for a zirconia frameworkâ€"with full contour zirconia linguals and occlusals from #3 to #9â€"to the milling center at B&D Dental, which specializes in CAD/CAM technology (OriginÂ® CAD/CAM) and materials research and development. B&D Dental scanned and designed the case using the Origin Intelligence Dental System and milled it with the Origin milling system. Step 4 On a case of this size and complexity, it was important to scan in as much information as possible to ensure proper and accurate design. B&D Dental scanned in the preparation arch; opposing arch; pre-operative model; and each die with #4, #5 and #7 as pontics. The scanning process for the four dies and three full-arch models, plus an articulated scan to determine bite position, took about 15 minutes. Once in the design phase, the Origin software detects the margin line and gives you the ability to make minor adjustments to the margin line from point to point, a helpful tool with cases needing minor margin adjustments. Before the design process, it had been determined that all the copings would be designed as anatomical copings; this gave B&D Dental the ability to build the full crown first before specifying a cutback designed for porcelain support. The cutback line was simply drawn to exclude the portions that needed to remain full contour while cutting back everything else for porcelain layering.
- 78% Don’t have the equipment, staff or expertise in house - 48% To offer a wider variety of restorations - 12% When they have too much work/to even out the workflow - 11% To test new products and restorative materials before making purchases - 7% When the lab is short staffed - 3% When our equipment is down/being repaired
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