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Compensation strategies, productivity benchmarks, sales, marketing, quality control strategies and product growth areas were the key topics tackled at Lab Faster, Smarter, Better: Business Think Tank the day before LMT LAB DAY East.
LMT’s survey offers some optimistic news, but many respondents are still uneasy about the state of the market which, in turn, is affecting their personnel decisions.
There were many companies exhibiting at LMT LAB DAY for the first time:
Based in São Carlos, Brazil and founded in 1977, Bio-Art Equipamentos Odontologicos offers a variety of small equipment, including articulators and facebows, microblasters, vacuum forming machines, curing lights, magnifiers, ultrasonic machines and more. Its Bio-Art semi-adjustable A7 Plus Articulator is made of aluminum and offers a modern design that provides greater visibility. It combines several features—including a Fixed Intercondylar distance at the average 110 mm; curved condylar guide; adjustable condylar guide angle; adjustable Bennet Angle; and Central Lock—making it easy to use. Visit www.bioart.com.br.
Chung Song (Sunburst) is a Korean manufacturer and exporter of lab equipment and consumables. It offers a wide variety of products including micromotors, polishing systems, plaster trays and more. Visit www.dentalmicromotor.com.
DDS-Pro USA launched its new DDS-3D Printer, which has a...
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Shining 3D demonstrated its new EinScan-Pro™ multi-functional handheld face scanner, which rapidly captures 3D data, including face contours for use with implant indications. The scanner features four scan options: handheld rapid scan, handheld HD scan, automatic scan and free scan. The external texture camera accessory is required to capture full-color 3D data of the object in handheld rapid scan, automatic scan and free scan modes.
The scanner records in .stl, .obj and .asc formats, which can be used for 3D printing as well as designing. It’s compatible with any 3D printer as well as a variety of software systems. Call 86-571-82999050 or visit en.shining3d.com.
Zahn Dental’s LMT LAB DAY Ballroom was bustling with attendees eager to see the company’s new line of open CAD/CAM equipment, Novux®, for printing, scanning and milling. The printing line includes the NX 3 Print and NX 4 Print printers and the NX 3D Print Box for post-curing. For scanning and milling, options include the NX100 scanner, NX Mill4 four-axis dry mill, NX Mill5 five-axis wet/dry mill and NXS-Plus and NX M-Therm sintering furnaces. The mills are designed for a wide variety of materials, including Zirlux®, Zirlux Acetal, BruxZir®, KATANA, wax, titanium and non-precious metals. Distributed in Belgium by Arseus Lab, the system is now available in the U.S. through Zahn Dental.
The company also expanded its comprehensive Zirlux line with Zirlux 16+. These pre-shaded zirconia discs and blocks correlate with the 16 classical VITA shades as well as white and bleach shades. Demonstrating greater than 44% translucency and a flexural strength of 1,200MPa, Zirlux...
By investing in a scanner and 3D printer, Al Ranger has nearly tripled his lab’s production. See the steps he took before making the decision to go digital and what he’s learned along the way.
The LMT staff is still on a high from LMT® LAB DAY® Chicago at the end of February. We had record-breaking attendance—4,163 people, up from 3,501 last year! Attendees came from 49 states plus Washington, D.C. and 58 different countries—that’s 15 more than in 2015—making it a decidedly international affair.
The mood was upbeat among exhibitors and attendees alike. With the bigger exhibit hall and clinic rooms and open lobby (and Big Bar!), there’s much more elbow room at the Hyatt. It’s conducive to meeting old friends, having meaningful conversations and learning about new technology.
LMT Editors were around the town to find out what’s on the minds of laboratory owners, managers and technicians. Many of the trends we’ve spotted over the last couple of years continue to play out; here’s an overview:
3D printing. As the technology evolves, printers are getting more affordable and material options and applications are expanding....
With LMT’s LAB DAY Chicago right around the corner—February 26 and 27—it’s time to finalize your plans to get the most out of our industry’s biggest, busiest show! Here’s a look at some of the special promotions, raffles and demonstrations available inside the LAB DAY Exhibit Hall.
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At the 12th Annual DLOAC CAD/CAM Expo and Symposium, LMT got a first-hand look at more esthetic materials, new software upgrades, more powerful equipment, and more!
- October 2015
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...
- September 2015
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.
- May 2015
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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- April 2015
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...