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!
Digital technology product lines continue to expand and this year’s attendees got the first look at new scanners, 3D printers, milling units and software options, as well as a host of new materials.
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Thomas Wade, CDT, explains his alternative next-day technique for converting a conventional denture into a screw-retained immediate-load provisional.
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- 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
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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- 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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- May 2013
Zirconia-reinforced materials are a new trend, and expanded options for pre-colored zirconia and ceramics for full contour restorations offer both efficiency and esthetics. Plus, a new type of material: a biocompatible, millable resin on which the final restoration can be built; there's no need for casting or pressing.
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- April 2013
Schutz's new desktop-size scanner, the Tizian Smart Scan, features an optical light and large-capacity scanning bay that allows you to scan fully articulated models with most articulation systems. In addition, the camera is positioned at a 45° angle. "This means each scan only requires 20 pictures compared to 60 in the previous-generation model. Since there is less data to mesh together, the scan time is up to 70% faster," explained John Schaible, President of Schutz Dental Group. For example, the unit can scan a single die in 59 seconds or a full jaw in 92 seconds.
The Tizian Smart Scan has an accuracy of less than 10 microns and the open .stl file format means you can work with any open milling system including the Schutz Tizian Eco 4-axis dry milling unit and the Tizian Cut 5 wet/dry 5-axis milling unit. The compact system fits easily on any workspace and comes with the newest version of Schutz exocad, a 64-bit workstation and 22" monitor.
For more information, call 866-922-1484...
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- 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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