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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
A record-breaking crowd welcomed LMT’s LAB DAY East to its new Atlantic City, NJ venue on September 19. More than 1,020 attendees flocked to the Atlantic City Convention Center for a jam-packed day of education, networking and comparison shopping.
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As part of our ongoing State of the Industry 2015 coverage, LMT Editors visited the world’s largest dental show to bring you the scoop on the latest product and process innovations worldwide—including digital dentures, laser milling and more—and what else is coming down the pike for the U.S. market.
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Valplast International Corp. previewed its new solution for fabricating digital dentures for existing CAD/CAM users. Platinum 3D enables labs to scan, design and manufacture digital full dentures in-house without the need to outsource any components and use the scanning, milling or printing equipment of their choice.
The Platinum 3D product line features Valplast’s new Platinum Series brand of multi-layered, nano-filled PMMA denture teeth, and a digital library of 3D tooth models that will be made available to all Platinum 3D denture tooth customers. The digital tooth library will be made available first to 3Shape clients for use with their full denture design module. Other systems are also being explored for use with the new digital tooth library.
Here’s how it works: the lab imports the denture tooth library into its CAD software and designs the denture. Then, the lab can mill a final resin denture base with sockets for the Valplast denture teeth which are cemented into the...
EnvisionTEC had a busy weekend showing attendees its new material offerings:
E-Guide is a clear material used to produce accurate drill guides on an EnvisionTEC 3D printer.
E-Guard is a clear, CE-certified material used to print custom nightguards, splints and surgical drill guides on the company’s Perfactory® series machines.
E-Appliance 3SP® is a new material ideal for printing orthodontic models. It is a specially designed nano-filled resin that works with both polyvinyl alcohol-based separators and a tin foil substitute for a “salt and pepper” technique.
Although not yet available, EnvisionTEC also previewed its E-Denture material for printing custom fit dentures. CE approved, it can be used on EnvisionTEC Perfactory 3D printing machines and is available in various shades.
For more information, call 313-436-4300 or visit www.envisiontec.com.
LMT LAB DAY is always the place for new U.S. product launches and this year didn’t disappoint: attendees got the first look at new lab and intraoral scanners, 3D printers and milling units; digital fabrication materials, such as zirconia for anterior use and PEEK; and solutions for removable prostheses, including some digital fabrication processes.
3D BioCAD introduced the TruMill line of precision wet milling machines. The X550 is a five-axis unit for fabricating copings, bars, zirconia, IPS e.max and abutments in ceramic and metal, and the X440 is a four-axis unit for IPS e.max, PMMA, wax and Lava™ Ultimate. For more information, call 877-TRUE-FIT (878-3348) or visit www.3dbiocad.com.
Axsys Dental Solutions offered a sneak peek at the new Versamill 5XS, an industrial-quality mill with a small footprint that was officially launched at the IDS. The open, five-axis mill can be used for wet or dry machining of wax, zirconia, PMMA, glass ceramic, lithium disilicate,...
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- December 2014
LMT’s Laurel Carbonneau visited Whip Mix in October for its third annual Survive or Thrive Forum, where more than 30 attendees heard real-world advice on technology implementation.
- 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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- October 2014
Scan and Design Technician Barry Mahoney recently competed on Face Off, a reality competition show exploring the world of special-effects make-up artists.
- August 2014
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.
- April 2014
3D Systems’ ProJet® 3510 MP 3D printer and proprietary VisiJet® Stoneplast materials have been optimized for dental drill guide production. The printer accepts .stl files and the material is available in both clear or plaster.
“Transitioning to digital workflows with 3D printing compatibility has brought a high-impact solution to the dental field. The ProJet 3510 MP and Stoneplast materials easily integrate with leading software modules enabling an integrated drill guide manufacturing solution,” said Cathy Lewis, Chief Marketing Officer, 3D Systems.
For more information, visit www.3DSystems.com.
BEGO USA and EOS announced an exclusive North American partnership focused on using a proprietary laser-melting, 3D metal printing process to fabricate removable partial dentures and fixed crowns and bridges.
“We have a long-term collaborative relationship with EOS and we see the positive impact for our dental laboratory partners from this cooperation,” said Axel Klarmeyer, Global Chief Sales Officer at BEGO. “EOS is a manufacturing innovator across a wide spectrum of major industries. This know-how combined with BEGO’s dental expertise will assist our laboratory partners to meet the competitive demands of today and tomorrow.”
- October 2013
It's time to get involved in social media: it's free, it's easy, and more and more of your competitors are doing it.
- September 2013
Just like the Industrial Revolution and the arrival of the Internet, 3D printing is certain to be a game changer. With the lower cost of the equipment and an increase in printer speed, this technology is now being used for customized, on-demand manufacturing. In the same way that 3D printing is revolutionizing how laboratories fabricate waxups and metal restorations, this technology also has the potential to transform the way we make almost everything.
"Someday, perhaps, printers will revolutionize the world of medicine, churning out hearts, livers and other organs to ease transplantation shortages," writes Henry Fountain in his article, At the Printer, Living Tissue in the ScienceTimes, The New York Times, August 20, 2013. The ability to print organs is decades away so "for now, researchers have set their sights lower. Organovo, for instance, a San Diego company that has developed a bioprinter, is making strips of liver tissue, about 20 cells thick, that it says could be used to test...
- June 2013
This year, the hour hand of the clock seemed to move like the minute hand and suddenly we were at LAB DAY West. It’s the show that marks the end of show season and the show that used to be regional but this year drew attendees from 24 states and nine countries!
Though each of our shows has its own compelling personality, we love that our last one has that unmistakable, laid-back California vibe. The exhibit hall was flooded from early morning on; attendees came early, stayed all day and visited a lot giving us a chance to catch up with the very many friends we’ve made over the last several decades.
In California, like Chicago and New York, conversations buzzed about the upswing in caseloads that seems to have begun in January, digital technology, 3D printing (and all its implications) and the new zirconia-reinforced fabrication materials.
But there was another hot topic, this one about my “support staff”: the dogs in the photo on this page! It seems they’re...
- 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.
- 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.
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- November 2012
If the staff members at Renstrom Dental Studio need something done, they call Brian Nagle.
While Nagle mainly focuses on the lab's CAD/CAM restorations, he can pitch in wherever he's needed in the laboratory. "I'm able to do a lot of different things—trim dies, waxups, technical troubleshooting," says Nagle, who joined the lab 11 years ago. "I don't have a typical day. I'm all over the place."
Nagle cultivated his menagerie of skills by working closely with Owner Rick Renstrom, whom he considers his mentor, and looking for learning opportunities whenever possible. "Brian puts so much energy into learning everything!" says Ruth Iverson, Operations Manager. "Whatever we need him to do he does with 100% of his ability. He is always willing to learn, always ready to give a little bit more."
This enthusiasm is why Nagle is such an asset in the lab's CAD/CAM department and he is now proficient in scanning, designing, milling and 3D printing using a variety of systems. "Digital technology...
- June 2012
Once in jeopardy of closing, Kirkwood Community College in Cedar Rapids, IA, is thriving and has even added an evening program to accommodate its waiting list of students.
- July 2011
- April 2011
Baluke Dental Studios, a full service lab in Toronto, is the newest SensAble Authorized Production Center.
It was standing-room-only at DLOACâs annual CAD/CAM Symposium and Expo as nearly 300 laboratory owners and managers, outsourcing centers and manufacturers turned out for two days of lectures, demonstr
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Nearly 300 laboratory owners and managers, outsourcing centers and manufacturers attended the DLOAC's International CAD/CAM Technology Symposium and Expo in California in November; LMT was your eyes and ears at the event.
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