Although Friendship Dental Laboratories, Inc.'s first case was fabricated in 1973, it wasn't until 2006 that it implemented the efficient, computerized tracking system by Labtrac. This October, it logged in its half-millionth case!
Where did the Cal-Lab Group get its name?
The name “CAL” harkens back to the group’s origins as Certified Akers Laboratories. Founded in 1926, the Cal-Lab Group is the oldest dental laboratory organization in continuous existence and has over 200 member laboratories.
Who invented flexible partial denture material?
Two dental technicians, Arpad and Tibor Nagy, invented Valplast in 1953 in their laboratory, Master-Touch Dental Lab, which still exists today and is operated by Arpad Nagy’s grandson, Justin Marks, CDT, in Westbury, NY.
Keeping up with modern manufacturing technology, Valplast unveiled the prototype of its new 3D Printable Valplast® Resin at the IDS in 2015 and, more recently, previewed its new r.Pod™ Desktop 3D Printer for flexible partial dentures.
Which lab was the first to market directly to the public?
In the Fall of 1984, DenMat Corp. placed ads for its veneers in Reader’s Digest and McCall’s saying, “Give...
- February 2015
Seeing the impending boom of digital technology, Anton Woolf, CEO of Argen Corp., conceived a plan to reinvent the company and its product offerings to meet the needs of the changing marketplace. The result? The Argen Digital Center.
- January 2015
“In the U.S., dentists and labs tend to be divorced; they need to get remarried. We’re a team and we need to understand each other better,” said Gordon Christensen, DDS, MSD, PhD, during his keynote address at the Argen Corp.’s Future of Digital Dentistry event in November.
- February 2014
Invented by Dr. Itzhak Shoher and Aharon Whiteman, CDT, first-generation Captek™ was introduced to the international dental community in 1993. The unique capillary technology took the PFM world by storm because it produced a high noble metal coping right on the refractory die without casting. Dentists and technicians alike were taken by its resulting thin, gold-colored copings and ability to maximize soft tissue health; Captek remains an ideal option for patients with any type of predisposition to caries or perio concerns.
In 2007, Captek Nano™—stronger and thinner than the original materials—was introduced. The technology was sold to Argen in 2011 and, soon after, the company introduced Digital Captek, a 3D-printing service.
- October 2013
When it comes to marketing, more laboratories are going digital to reach dentists: theyâre building websites, using social media, advertising online and phasing out printed marketing pieces in favor of digital ones.
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- June 2013
"Ten years ago, we could mill copings in five or six materials with inLab; now we can fabricate copings, crowns, bridges and abutments in more than 30 different materials. That's how far inLab has come!" said Norbert Ulmer, Director of Laboratory CAD/CAM at Sirona Dental, Inc., during his opening remarks to kick off the company's inLab Summit 2013 in Savannah, GA, on May 31 and June 1.
Featuring a dynamic group of lecturers and multiple hands-on sessions, the Summit offered the over 100 attendees an information-packed event and the opportunity to network and share business strategies and technical tips with other inLab users. It also marked Sirona's official U.S. launch of four new products:
Robotic Scanning with the inEos X5: This new five-axis model and impression scanner features a robotic arm; the model or impression is mounted on a magnetic plate that attaches to the arm which then moves to ensure quick, automatic positioning and scanning. "Robotic scanning is unique to the...
- April 2013
All-ceramics, implants, profit erosion and other hot topics inspired dialogue during the biggest weekend of the year.
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To meet the needs of the changing landscape of the dental laboratory industry, Argen has heavily invested in future technologies and expanded its product line to include digital solutions. "Our vision is to supply laboratories with products that can expand their product offerings. We feel that the more product options a laboratory can offer its clients, the better the chance of growing its business," explained Anton Woolf, CEO of the Argen Corp.
Argen introduced a suite of new products and services at the show:
ArgenZ: ArgenZ zirconia discs are available in two compositions: ArgenZ Esthetic offers a high level of translucency and esthetics for full contour restorations and ArgenZ Ultra is made for strength, ideal for frameworks and custom abutments. Both are available in 98-mm stepped discs in a number of thicknesses ranging from 10mm to 25mm that easily fit most major mills.
Digital Captek: laboratories with any open architecture, iTero™ or Sirona™ Connect scanner can now...
Rob Teachout, BS, CDT, shares the step-by-step technique for using Argen's new digital service for high-strength, Digital Captek restorations.
- February 2013
Last month, Dental Arts Laboratories (DAL) launched DAL DT Technologies, a new division that is solely dedicated to the development and service of CAD/CAM technology and other subcontracting services to laboratories.
- January 2013
From new ways to digitize workflows to product launches and enhanced equipment and software, the DLOACâs CAD/CAM Expo and Symposium was the place to be to learn about the latest in digital technology.
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- September 2012
The Argen Corp. announces the expansion of its Argen Digital Center that provides laboratories with low-price, quality digital PFM substructures. The Center now offers the industry's only noble Selective Laser Melted (SLM) substructures, non-precious SLM substructures and precious metal substructures fabricated with additional manufacturing technologies.
Depending on the material chosen, a variety of substructures are available, from single-unit copings up to six-unit bridges. The most popular material offerings are Argedent EURO high noble substructures and Argenco Y+, a 2% full gold crown. Other alloy choices include: NobleBond, a noble PFM; Argelite 71, a high palladium noble PFM; Argelite 61, a palladium noble PFM; NobleCrown NF, a noble PFM; and Argeloy N.P. Supreme, a non-precious.
The Center also announces that Captek restorations will be available soon.
The workflow process is simple: using any open architecture scanner, the laboratory scans its models, uploads the .stl file...
- November 2011
- April 2011
Family businesses are thriving in the United States, and the laboratory industry is no exception. LMT offers intimate portraits of family-owned laboratories. Profiled are Marotta Dental Studio, Farmingdale, NY, and Ragle Dental Lab, Champaign, IL.
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The Argen Corp., the largest dental gold producer in the world, has acquired the worldwide exclusive manufacturing and distribution rights for all Captek products and technologies.
Dental Services Group's annual meeting is well-regarded for its open environment and sense of camaraderie among the laboratories. With the theme, Gateway to the Future, this year's event emphasized management and leadership, new technology and custom
At the Dental Laboratory Owners Association of California's fifth annual International CAD/CAM Symposium and Expo, held in November in Pasadena, California, Dave Lesh, CDT, presented "Current Trends and the Future Outlook of CAD/CAM Technologies." Lesh, owner of Dale Dental, Richardson, Texas--an outsourcing laboratory that owns 11 CAD/CAM systems--offered DLOAC attendees a glimpse of what's hot and what's coming down the pike:
Boom in scanner sales. Most CAD/CAM manufacturers offer stand-alone scanners, a less expensive alternative that allows the laboratory to buy only the scanner to scan and design its own restorations and then send the data off-site for fabrication. The scanner-only option has been popular for the last few years because it makes outsourcing easier to access, reduces costs and turnaround time, and improves control, but Lesh predicts this trend is about to explode. "Today, manufacturers are partnering to create open systems and labs with scanners have more output...