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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...See more 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 receive a flat-priced, high-noble Captek coping via the digital workflow. The lab scans the die, sends the digital file to the Argen Digital Center, or any other Digital Captek Certified provider, and receives Captek Nano copings in two days with very little labor and minimal inventory ([see Digital Captek: A New, Easier Way to Fabricate Captek Restorations](/articles/48176)). Another hot product at Argen's booth was NobleBond™, a corrosion-resistant noble alloy that's an ideal solution over implants. Also an excellent solution for all crowns and bridges and suitable for both layering and pressing porcelain, NobleBond offers an affordable fixed price of only $225 per ounce through December 31, 2013. Call 800-255-5524 or visit [www.argendigital.com](www.argendigital.com) or [www.argen.com](www.argen.com).
>"Ten years ago, we could mill copings in five or six materials with inLab; now we can fabricate copings, crowns, bridges and abutments in more than 30 different materials. That's how far inLab has come!"...See more said Norbert Ulmer, Director of Laboratory CAD/CAM at Sirona Dental, Inc., during his opening remarks to kick off the company's inLab Summit 2013 in Savannah, GA, on May 31 and June 1. Featuring a dynamic group of lecturers and multiple hands-on sessions, the Summit offered the over 100 attendees an information-packed event and the opportunity to network and share business strategies and technical tips with other inLab users. It also marked Sirona's official U.S. launch of four new products: **Robotic Scanning with the inEos X5:** This new five-axis model and impression scanner features a robotic arm; the model or impression is mounted on a magnetic plate that attaches to the arm which then moves to ensure quick, automatic positioning and scanning. "Robotic scanning is unique to the inEos X5," explained Jonathan Hill, Sirona's Marketing Manager. "The robotic arm makes the scanner faster, more precise and easier to use because there's less hands-on time for the user." The inEos X5's Point and Shoot feature gives you the flexibility to scan only a section of the model or impression, also saving time. The auto focus feature renders a scan precision of less than 12 microns*. The unit offers single or multi-die scanning, physical impression or model scanning, and has a large field of view (~30mm x 40mm). **Software Upgrade, inLab SW 4.2:** inLab users have been eagerly awaiting the latest-generation software, inLab SW 4.2, because of many new features including its virtual articulation feature that allows you to take all dynamic contacts into account when designing restorations, including excursive, protrusive and centric movements with corresponding occlusal relationships. "The virtual articulation is my favorite part of inLab SW 4.2; it reduces the overall finishing time for both the laboratory and the dentist," said Presenter Jay Black, CDT, Manager, Winter Springs Dental Laboratory, Winter Springs, FL. "We did a test in my laboratory and it saved three minutes per crown; the chairside time savings are even greater." The software also has new smile design features including: - Move Jaw Tool that allows you to open a bite per your dentists' Rx. - Incisal Variation Tool to create textures quickly and easily for anterior teeth. - Virtual Try-In that enables you to import a 2D photo and generate a 3D photorealistic image of the patient's face. In addition, the upgrade now allows users to fabricate multi-layer bridges over implant abutments in addition to single-unit restorations, and the stack milling software improves nesting capabilities for more efficient block usage. **10-Minute Speed Sintering of Copings with the inFire® HTC speed furnace:** Launched last year, the inFire HTC speed furnace can accommodate up to two crucibles so you can sinter 50 to 60 units—from single copings and crowns to nine-unit bridges—per cycle. "Because of the sintering time and the fact that the unit cools down quickly, using the furnace greatly evens out the workflow in our laboratory. We're able to load and sinter four to five times a day rather than just at night," said Presenter Lindy Sikes, CDT, Sikes Dental Studio, Charlotte, NC. Now, users with the current inFire HTC speed furnace can upgrade their furnace for both speed sintering and metal sintering capabilities; speed sintering enables you to sinter one or two copings and crowns in 10 minutes. The inFire HTC speed furnace is compatible with many of the materials that can be milled in the inLab and inLab MC XL units as well as DENTSPLY Prosthetics' new Crypton™ cobalt chrome block. Sintering Crypton requires an argon gas attachment. **Economical Intraoral Scanner, Apollo DI:** This new intraoral scanner features touch-screen technology and a small, lightweight wand. With a price tag of $19,750, it's also the company's most economical intraoral scanner. "The Apollo DI is price positioned for labs to purchase it for their dentist-clients to encourage them to get involved, or more involved, in model-less digital dentistry. Labs can recoup the cost through the savings on model making, delivery services and scanning labor," said Ulmer. "The lab owner can use the scanner's Direct Connect feature to ensure that the dentist only sends cases to his/her laboratory," said Ulmer. * Guideline VDI/VDE 2634 (Association of German Engineers/Association for Electrical, Electronic and Information technologies e.V.) page 2, "Optical 3-D Measuring Systems Optical Systems Based on Area Scanning." ### Material Partners ### Also at the Summit were several of Sirona's material partners who helped sponsor the event: 3M ESPE, The Argen Corp. and DENTSPLY Prosthetics. Through infiniDent, Sirona's central production center, inLab customers can access restorations made of Sirona materials as well as 3M's Lava™ Ultimate and Argen Digital Captek, NobleBond and Noble-Crown NF. In addition to Crypton, DENTSPLY Prosthetics previewed Celtra™, a zirconia-reinforced lithium silicate that can be milled with the inLab MC XL and will be available July 1. Presenter Chad Rogers, Technical Director of Professional Dental Laboratory Corp., Elkhart, IN, called Celtra "a game changer. It comes in five shades and two translucencies, mills nicely and doesn't need to be crystallized. Unglazed, the strength is 210 MPa and it gets stronger with staining and glazing, 375 MPa." A key theme throughout the two-day event was the critical importance of shifting to digital dentistry in order to compete and survive in today's marketplace. The overwhelming sentiment: If you haven't gone digital, you're going to be left behind. Several presenters shared their powerful stories of reinventing their laboratories and reinvigorating themselves through digital technology; watch LMT's August issue for more coverage.
Serving the dental industry for 100 years, JELENKO offers a sophisticated, analytical refining service that uses...See more procedures and additional scientific steps for high returns on your scrap materials. Each refine is supported by the Jelenko guarantee: If you're not 100% satisfied with the results of your assay, Jelenko will return all materials to you at no cost.
JELENKO's economical Jel 71 noble palladium-silver alloy offers exceptional strength for PFM applications, including...See more implants. It can be used with both pressing and layering techniques and all regular-fusing porcelains. The low silver content (10%) and light oxide offer excellent esthetics and the low density of 10.6 means more units per ounce.
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According to LMT's 2012 Wage Survey, technicians in the CAD/CAM department are seeing the biggest wage increases. For instance, an all-around CAD/CAM technician with six to 10 years of experience is now earning $19.79 per hour, $3.41 more than in 2010, and a CAD/CAM technician with 11-15 years of experience is now earning $21.06, a $5.07 boost.
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