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“We knew we could no longer build a value proposition around technology that can be procured by anyone,” says Lab Owner Mike Hill. Read about his strategies for engaging clients on a new level.
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Henry Schein’s Labnext is a cloud-based lab management software specifically designed for digital dentistry. The open system integrates with a variety of scanners, design software and practice management software packages and is tightly integrated with the company’s DDX (Digital Dental Exchange).
DDX is a HIPAA-compliant, web-based digital portal that helps labs accept digital files, manage casework digitally and create new lines of communication with clients. The dentists can submit all their digital scans, X-rays and photos via DDX. The laboratory can customize the case submission form and require the dentist to enter specific information, eliminating the need for data entry in the lab and minimizing errors and follow up.Streamline WorkflowWhen a dentist submits a case, the lab receives a notification in the DDX or Labnext software or via email and logs in to start the case. “When I get a case via DDX, an email pops up on my phone and I know right away that I have a...LMT Communications, Inc. · October 21 at 5:10 pm
This month, Glidewell Laboratories is upgrading its CloudPoint System to expand the indications; in addition to full contour crowns, bridges, inlays and onlays, you can now fabricate copings, bridge frameworks and split files.
The system features the CloudPoint FastScan scanner with CloudPoint FastDesign software and the CloudPoint Web Portal, all of which were developed by Glidewell Laboratories’ R&D department. The system can be purchased two ways:
The Closed System includes all of the above and your restorations are milled exclusively by Glidewell: full contour crowns, bridges, inlays and onlays are milled in BruxZir® and BruxZir Anterior Solid Zirconia; copings, bridge frameworks and split files are available in Prismatik CZ™ as well as printed in castable resin. Designed for the small lab getting into digital technology, this is the lower-priced option and there is a one-time fee of $11,399+.
The Open System also includes the scanner, software and portal but allows...LMT Communications, Inc. · October 20 at 3:03 pm
Launched this month, Crownbox is an online marketplace where any laboratory or milling center can connect to buy and sell dental milling and printing services. “Crownbox is like an eBay for our industry, connecting buyers and sellers of dental CAD/CAM. It’s a venue for companies that have invested in CNC milling and 3D printing equipment to sell these services and for labs that would like more options when it comes to outsourcing partners. We’ve created a platform that improves access for everyone,” says Alex Frangadakis, Crownbox Founder and CEO.
Crownbox enables laboratories to order milled abutments, bars, crowns, printed models and partials, etc., from multiple milling centers simultaneously. Users can drag-and-drop .stl files, enter case details, submit orders and track cases at different locations and order status all within a single platform.
For sellers, Crownbox offers a new marketing opportunity and distribution channel. Milling centers can set up a free...LMT Communications, Inc. · October 20 at 2:14 pm
- November 2014
LMT taps into the expertise of 20 laboratory owners and managers from all size labs who’ve successfully incorporated digital technology into their operations, offering real-life experiences and tips on what we all wish we would have known before taking the plunge.
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- May 2013
The proliferation of digital technologies continued to flourish at the IDS, with more and more digital manufacturing solutions that enable users to address a greater number of applications and work with a larger range of materials. In addition, the 3D printing market continues to expand.
To expand indications and features, several companies introduced updated versions of their impression and model scanners and upgraded software packages.
- November 2012
Brandon Dickerman never planned to join the family business, Dickerman Dental Prosthetics which was started by his grandfather, Myron Dickerman, CDT, nearly 50 years ago. "Everyone outside my family always assumed that's what I was going to do so, naturally, I decided to go the other way," he recalls with a laugh. But when he graduated from the University of Vermont in 2009 with a degree in geography and didn't like his employment prospects, his grandfather reminded him he always had a place at the laboratory; Brandon took him up on the offer.
He started as a trainee in the removable department, learning about tooth morphology and fabricating bite blocks, custom trays and denture waxups. Then, after a year, Brandon got a special project: learning Straumann's new guided surgery software—coDiagonstiX software and gonyX hardware—and implementing a new digital process in the lab. It sounds like a tall order for a new graduate with little laboratory experience, but computer-savvy...
- September 2012
Since launching AvaDent Digital Dentures last fall, Global Dental Science has milled close to 2,000 arches. The dentures are currently being marketed directly to dentists; a laboratory partnership model is in the works.
"With AvaDent Digital Dentures, we are changing the entire fabrication process for removable prosthetics. This digital platform reduces processing time for the patient and dentist; improves fit, function and esthetics; and has tremendous future potential for implants, immediate dentures, bars and integration with cone beam CT scans," says Andy Jakson, Vice President of Clinical Development at Global Dental Science; he is also a laboratory owner.
For the past three years, Global Dental Science—a Scottsdale, AZ company focused on process automation for dental procedures—has been developing software for digitally designing dentures and a process for milling the denture base and setting conventional denture teeth into the base. The company launched AvaDent...
- April 2012
The CAD/CAM software, equipment and materials market continues to flourish and several new players were first-time exhibitors at LAB DAY, including:
Creo Dental System launched the Arum5X Milling Machine. This five-axis wet milling unit is compatible with any scanner and features a nine-unit revolving dispenser, a tool breakage sensor and an online work management website. For details, call 212-302-3860 or visit www.creods.com.
exocad® North America: Founded in Germany in 2010 and in the U.S. in 2011, exocad is quickly becoming a player in the market as 15 "system integration partners" have embraced its exocad DentalCAD software to drive their scanners and mills. Mainly focused on selling to manufacturers and large laboratories, the latest system integrators include Core3d Centres, Apex Dental Milling, Clon3d, and Sagemax Bioceramics.
Designed specifically for dental applications, exocad can be used with virtually any dental scanner, CAM, and fabrication system. "Our system is...
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," explains Dr. Sandro Matter, Executive Vice President of Straumann's Prosthetics Business Unit.
For both workflow options, the user scans and designs with the Straumann CARES Scan CS2 scanner and Straumann CARES Visual software. It features a wide range of editing tools, simultaneous design of lower and upper jaw, virtual articulator, mirroring function and automatic proposal and covers indications...
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 of enhancements, including new indications. For instance, for the first time, the software allows users to fabricate full dentures. Users can digitally design, print or mill gingiva, and then place traditional denture teeth. It also has a new orthodontic module, Appliance Designer, that allows you to fabricate nightguards, retainers, splints, surgical bites and more.
The new version features...
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.
•Intuitive workflow lets the technician know exactly where he is in the design process. At the bottom of the design window, each step is clearly defined, showing the technician the previous, current and next steps.
For additional information, call 855-465-2248 or visit www.inLab.com.
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 strategies for smoother machining and better surface finish. For more information, call 877-335-2261 or 801-575-5017 (U.S.), email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.delcam-healthcare.com.
- February 2012
The Aurum Group, headquartered in Calgary, Alberta, forms a strategic partnership with four labs from around the globe.
- January 2012
- April 2011
Whether your laboratory is high-end, low-end or somewhere in between, your clients expect consistency on each and every case they receive from your laboratory.
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Nearly 50% of respondents to a recent LMT e-survey say they plan to invest in some type of cad/cam equipment within the next five years. If you're one of them, but are daunted by the options and don't know where to start, LMT's done your homework for
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For those who are intimidated by accounting terminology and financial reports, LMT tells you what to look for, how to understand the reports and explains how to take a systematic approach to running a financially successful laboratory.
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