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!
Argen launched its ArgenZ Anterior Value Shaded Disc System, a collection of pre-shaded super translucent zirconia that covers all 16 shades of the VITA Classic shade guide with just six value shaded discs. Each disc covers two to three shades based on value and chroma, requiring less inventory and mill time. No green stage shading is needed; you simply design, mill, sinter and stain and glaze.
An alternative to lithium disilicate, the discs are 25% more translucent than HT zirconia and have a flexural strength of 765MPa, according to the company. They contain cubic zirconia, which refracts light to mimic natural teeth. Available in 98mm in a full range of thicknesses, the discs are indicated for three-unit full contour anterior bridges and single-unit anterior and posterior crowns and copings. For additional information, call 800-255-5524 or visit www.argen.com.
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!
That’s the question on everyone’s mind these days, especially since the NADL released an alert on the in-house milling of custom abutments in November. Here are the details, including the NADL’s alert, the FDA’s heightened enforcement efforts, and responses from the marketplace.
- October 2015
Argen Digital’s ArgenLink is a new cloud-based, drag and drop file transfer system customers can use to order SLM, printed and milled restorations, temps and digital models. It streamlines the ordering process by allowing laboratories to export cases directly from 3Shape’s Dental Manager into ArgenLink in seconds, without any data entry. (It will soon be available for exocad and DentalWings.)
All the order information—from lab customer details to manufacturing preferences and material selection—is dynamically populated in the system. A dashboard offers real-time updates throughout the manufacturing process, including case status, package tracking, case reorders and cancellations. Laboratories also have the ability to batch upload files of various material types and restoration sizes concurrently, including split files.
“Previously, we had to do a lot of data entry and upload the files one at a time. Now, we just enter the case numbers, drag and drop the...
- April 2015
Argen Digital featured its latest advances at LAB DAY, including:
Its new custom file upload system which allows 3Shape users to export their designs from Dental Manager and drag and drop their CAD files—including split files—into Argen Digital’s portal for upload. Labs can batch upload files of various material types and restoration sizes concurrently, streamlining the ordering process and offering time savings of up to 80%. The upload will also soon be available for exocad and DentalWings users.
The company has also expanded its Selective Laser Melted (SLM) product offering to include long-span SLM Noble bridges up to eight units; the restorations have a two-day turnaround.
For more information, call 800-255-5524 or visit www.argendigital.com.
- 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
The digital transition in labs is not just about fabrication processes; the operational side of the lab business is changing too. Speakers at the 2014 DLOAC Meeting look at the continuously evolving role of the technician. Also: new products announced at the show.
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“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.
- April 2014
Argen Digital introduced its High Noble SLM substructures built from their popular Argedent Euro alloy containing 40% Au, 40% Pd and available in up to six units. “We are the only company in the world to offer High Noble, Noble and Non-Precious substructures fabricated with Selective Laser Melting Technology,” said Ashley Skitt, Marketing Manager.
The company also introduced ArgenPMMA Temps available in 16 Classic VITA shades, one bleach shade and five transitional shades. Precision milled from the lab’s supplied .stl file, these full contour temporaries are available in single up to 14 units in two business days.
Other new services from Argen Digital include:
Restorations milled or printed in ArgenWAX, a hybrid wax/plastic material that’s suitable for pressing all-ceramic full contour crowns, full gold casting and wax tops for press-to-metal or press-to-zirconia restorations. ArgenWAX discs will be available soon.
Printed digital models available in single die,...
- 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.
- 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...
- May 2012
Attendees took advantage of two full days of clinics on Friday, May 4th and Saturday, May 5th, and were eager to shop exhibits on Saturday. In fact, the exhibit hall was already bustling with crowds
- April 2012
LAB DAY 2012 could easily be labeled "The Reinvention Convention." Laboratory owners and managers are more engaged than ever in finding new ways to reinvigorate their businesses
- April 2011
The Argen Corp. acquired the Jelenko dental alloy business from Heraeus Kulzer, Inc. Argen is incorporating the business into its San Diego, California facility but will maintain the Jelenko brand name for the alloys.
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