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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.
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- June 2015
Since its debut 25 years ago, LMT’s LAB DAY West has grown from a regional show with 800 attendees to the largest dental laboratory trade show on the West Coast and a truly international event. This year’s show in Garden Grove, CA, drew 1,706 laboratory owners, managers and technicians, hailing from 27 states and 10 other countries.
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- May 2015
It started with a 13-hour trip—including a stop in Munich—but it was worth it to realize my long-time dream of attending the IDS show in Cologne.
Walking into the show, I felt like a little boy entering a carnival for the first time: there were eye-catching booths with glamorous lighting and “side shows” such as magicians. And yes, plenty of free beer at the various exhibit booths.
It was exciting to see machines, materials and vendors that aren’t yet available in the U.S.; I felt like it was a preview of the future of the U.S. laboratory industry. One of the “wows” I saw was the new line up of milling machines from Zirkonzahn and the laser milling technology from Dental Wings. I was also really interested in Pekkton, Cendres+Metaux’s new polymer for hybrid implant bridges, sold in the U.S. by anaxdent.
Although there are no separate lecture rooms at the IDS—just huge exhibit floors in various halls—there were many talents...
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
Dental Wings introduced its first intraoral 3D scanner. The lightweight DWIO (Dental Wings Intra-Oral) is similar in size to existing dental handpieces and features Multiscan Imaging™ 3D scanning technology that allows for five LED projectors and 10 cameras in a very small scanning tip and captures data from many angles at once. A luminescent ring on the handpiece as well as audible signals indicate when scan data is successfully captured allowing the clinician to stay focused in the mouth while scanning. The DWOS platform allows seamless connection between laboratory and dentist.
The company also presented:
Its upgraded DWOS 5 software that features a full denture design application and live remote connectivity between lab and clinician, called Synergy, for implant planning and prosthetic design. In addition, the software incorporates several important upgrades including: customizable photo-realistic renderings; a new, modern iconography; context-sensitive online help; and a new,...
- 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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- April 2014
DWOS LiveLink from Dental Wings made its world premiere at LAB DAY Chicago. This technology enables technicians and dentists to work together in real time to determine the optimal position of the implants in relation to the bone, soft tissue, adjacent and opposing dentition, and the virtual prosthetic design. Any changes made in DWOS CAD software or coDiagnostiX implant planning software is simultaneously updated live in both applications, ensuring that surgical and restorative factors are considered prior to implant placement.
After the positions are established and approved by the dentist, the technician can design custom healing abutments, provisionals and the surgical guide all in the same DWOS CAD session. For more information, call 514-807-8485, ext. 1503, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.