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The A1614 Microwave Sintering oven from SINTERING-OVENS.COM is designed for high-production labs that need to turnaround cases or remakes quickly. Microwave sintering vibrates the inside and outside molecules...See more for the same amount of time, producing stronger and longer-lasting copings and zirconia restorations. There are no traditional heating elements; you can open the door in a fraction of the time it takes for a traditional sintering furnace to cool down enough to remove the restorations.
The new cost-friendly Accel-21 porcelain furnace from KDF U.S. delivers delicacy and beauty to porcelain. With even distribution of heat, its muffle chamber fires porcelain with quality and consistency....See more KDF has been a leading porcelain furnace manufacturer in Japan for over 40 years.
GLIDEWELL DIRECT's easy-to-operate BruxZir FastFire Furnace is specially designed for sintering milled BruxZir Solid Zirconia restorations. Featuring a new, higher-efficiency design, it offers four molybdenum...See more disilicide heating elements for quick temperature ramp up. A special thermocouple ensures accuracy of heating phases. The furnace also includes better insulation and four cooling fans for shorter cycle times and enhanced heating and cooling rate capabilities.
AMANN GIRRBACH AMERICA's new Ceramill Argotherm sinter furnace was specifically developed for its new Sintron® CrCo blank for non-precious metal restorations. The patented core of the system is the...See more removable flooding chamber, Ceramill Argovent, that minimizes the consumption of argon gas and ensures a homogenous, distortion-free sintering of the restoration.
The Ceramill Therm furnace from AMANN GIRRBACH AMERICA provides high-performance, high-temperature and fully automatic programmable settings for the final sintering of stress-free zirconia frameworks....See more The unit is engineered for two stackable sintering bowls to maximize the use of the chamber space. It also provides reliable processing due to constant temperature controls, even and efficient heat distribution throughout the firing chamber, plus notification in the event of an unexpected termination of the sintering process.
Developed for zirconia ceramics, the DC100 from VISION USA is fully programmable and has a maximum continuous operating temperature of 1,600°C for highly translucent zirconia. It incorporates an industrial-grade...See more MoSi2 (molybdenumsilicate) heating element as well as a platinum/rhodium thermocouple. It has the capacity for 50 copings or 30 full contour units during one sintering cycle. The DC100 is energy efficient, has low outside furnace temperature, a fast heating and cooling rate, and a one-year warranty. Introductory price: $5,995.
Available from JENSEN DENTAL, Dekema's Austromat baSiC sintering oven features even temperature management and heat distribution and quality thermocouples and heating elements. Featuring innovative technology,...See more the furnace offers consistent esthetics.
Available from JENSEN DENTAL, Dekema's Austromat 654 is a combination pressing/firing furnace that offers accurate temperature control, timing and plunger travel management. It also offers quality heating...See more elements and thermocouples, as well as innovative technology, resulting in consistent esthetics. Experience an optimized workflow and throughput of up to 20g of ceramic and five different shades at one time with the unique trixpress® muffle system.
Specially developed for the two-layer buildup technique for PFM restorations, the Noritake EX-3 Speed Enamel creates a beautiful opalescent effect and precise shades similar to natural enamel. Esthetic...See more restorations are easily completed with a simple application method. Delivering consistent performance in a shorter time for custom restoration cases, EX-3 Speed Enamel is ideal for mass-production as well. Contact Zahn Dental, the exclusive U.S. partner of Noritake Products for KURARAY AMERICA.
From MIRAGE DENTAL SYSTEMS, Fortress Porcelain is an all-ceramic system for crowns, inlays, onlays and veneers. It's a high-strength porcelain with leucite particles from 3- to 4-microns in size, making...See more for a smooth, low-abrasive ceramic. Fortress offers excellent translucency, lifelike vitality and provides superb esthetics.
GC Initial IQ POM (Press Over Metal) from GC AMERICA is a feldspar-based, pressable ceramic system for conventional porcelain alloys (CTE/WAK range of 13.8-14.9). It's part of a new concept of pre-blended...See more effect ingots in combination with the three-dimensional Lustre Pastes that exhibit vitality and a natural glaze in one bake. The standardized, compact system is easy to use, offers high accuracy and productivity and reduces remakes.
GC Initial from GC AMERICA consists of six ceramics in one integrated product line with one color system and can be used for metal-ceramic and full-ceramic restorations. No longer does the ceramist have...See more to spend valuable time learning to use a myriad of different ceramics to create a variety of restorations. The CTE and other properties of each GC Initial ceramic is adapted to its particular fabrication process and framework.
ZIRCAR ZIRCONIA offers the HotSpot 110 zirconia sintering furnace in two models: 1,600°C rated and 1,700°C rated. They are openly programmable and easy to install and use. The chamber holds two...See more trays and the hyper-efficient insulation system reduces energy consumption to less than $1 per firing. Both furnaces are designed and built in the U.S. and come with a two-year warranty.
The HT Speed by Mihm Vogt from ZUBLER USA features 90-minute zirconia speed sintering cycles as well as regular cycles. It has six MoSi2 heating elements, a maximum temperature of 1,650°C and quality...See more inner insulation to ensure low power consumption. Two trays can be fired simultaneously, doubling the amount of work that can be sintered. The furnace is equipped with door security circuitry to prevent accidental opening and a thermocouple circuit breaker to prevent overheating.
ZIRKONZAHN's ICE Zirconia Ceramic has a flexural strength of approximately 90MPa and a CTE value of 9.6 that doesn't change even after repeated firings, eliminating the danger of cracks. The set contains...See more all the materials required to fabricate natural, esthetic restorations: 16 Classic VITA® shades, four enamel materials, 17 modifiers for individual characterization, six tissue shades, 16 Dentin+ shades, and 21 Dynamik Dentin and intensive shades.
IMAGINATION TECHNOLOGIES' new IMAGE-Press combination press/porcelain furnace is designed for pressing all materials, including lithium disilicate, and bakes all low- and high-fusing porcelains along with...See more high-temperature ceramics. Two separate, built-in decontamination programs provide ideal conditions for zirconium, lithium disilicate, aluminum oxide, all-ceramic and PFM as well as sintering/crystallization. The unit features a patent-pending "CQT" muffle design based on the new-generation Crystalline Quartz Technology, along with a platinum thermocouple to ensure precision, accuracy and temperature control.
NABERTHERM GmbH's LHT 02/17 LB Speed furnace is perfectly suited for sintering translucent zirconia up to 1,650°C. It has an Integrated Speed Cooling System and special heating elements made of molydenum...See more disilicide that protect crowns and bridges from chemical contamination. When using liquid shading colors, the charge must be fully dried before starting the sintering process. This model is equipped with a rapid cooling device. Depending on the charge and the type of saggars, process times shorter than two hours can be achieved.
NABERTHERM GmbH's LHT 03/17 D is a high-temperature chamber furnace ideal for sintering translucent zirconia units up to 1,650°C. It offers ease of operation and special molybdenum discilicide heating...See more elements that protect against chemical interaction between charge and heating elements. When using liquid shading colors, the charge must be fully dried before starting the sintering process.
TALLADIUM's Luminesse HF high-fusing porcelain offers excellent translucency and color to produce optical properties that mimic natural teeth. The organic pigments allow you to precisely layer the correct...See more amount of body and incisal for a very lifelike restoration. Luminesse HF is an extremely versatile porcelain with a CTE that provides compatibility for a wide range of alloys.
TALLADIUM's Luminesse ZR is a high feldspathic-content veneering porcelain and an ideal match for all zirconia or lithium disilicate substructures. The translucency, brightness and opalescence of this...See more porcelain make it easy for your lab to produce beautiful and intricate work. The new translucents and spot-on shades allow you to create the ideal restoration every time.
The Master S Series from KDF U.S. features a newly developed quartz spiral heater that offers excellent muffle heat distribution and steady heat rise. It minimizes metal frame twisting, allowing users...See more to produce natural color shades, natural translucency and uniform glaze. Featuring a stylish design, it has 250 storable firing program slots.
DENTSPLY recently Introducing the two new premium Multimat® NTX and NTXPRESS units. Both furnaces include programs for firing porcelain. The NTXPRESS also presses all-ceramics, including lithium disilicates....See more These furnaces provide easy program customization, and excellent reliability for brilliant, consistent firing results. Multimat models are equipped with an even-heating coil, protected by a Quartz glass tube, to ensure homogeneous heat distribution within the chamber. A vacuum pump is complimentary with each unit's purchase. The Multimat supplementary, real-time controller assists the main CPU in providing extra power and a highly-precise temperature curve. With NTX PC software, select from the 1,000 standard programs, or conveniently create and administer firing and pressing files and programs for subsequent transfer to one, or multiple furnaces via USB sticks. The logical folder program structure intuitively guides the operator through all menu levels, directly to the desired program. The small footprint delivers a contemporary, premium furnace, well-suited for the lab environment. NTX and NTXPRESS models are equipped with a robust, three-year manufacturer warranty.
OneShot Unilayer Porcelain, from SHOFU DENTAL, is a next-generation ceramic material that improves productivity and esthetic outcomes with a simplified, single-powder build-up process. An extension to...See more the Vintage MP and ZR product lines, just one baking cycle provides excellent color match for any VITA shade. The densely packed homogeneous material yields reduced shrinking verses multiple firing-cycle techniques while allowing one powder to build to full contour.
The Origin DuoTron Pro from B&D DENTAL TECHNOLOGIES provides fast zirconia sintering and production speeds, while decreasing production costs. Different sintering modes are also available. You can sinter...See more single copings or three- to four-unit bridges with the Quick Mode, large bridge cases or four-unit bridge cases with large pontics with the Regular Mode, full contour zirconia at an increased temperature or build your own custom sintering cycle.
PEARSON DENTAL SUPPLY's Pearson II Porcelain offers ease of handling and modeling and immediate, accurate shades with translucency and color depth. It offers an extremely stable CTE of 13.8, and is compatible...See more with non-precious alloys with a CTE of 14.1-14.8 at 500°F. The opaques come in powder or paste that offer creamy results. There are high- and low-fusing glazes.
Prismatik NetPress, from GLIDEWELL LABORATORIES, is a pressed ceramic system for metal-based restorations offering a flexural strength of 110 MPa. The incisal is pre-blended with dentin to save valuable...See more production time and improve shade fidelity. You can produce consistent restoration contours via hand waxing, netshape molds or CAD-designed and digitally printed restorations. Prismatik NetPress is available in 17 different shade ingots to match all standard and bleach VITA® shades.
GLIDEWELL LABORATORIES' Prismatik ThinPress is a pre-blended leucite-reinforced pressed ceramic, ideal for minimal-prep and no-prep veneers. An extra-high-strength ceramic blend offering a flexural strength...See more of 167 MPa (±16 MPa), ThinPress allows for the fabrication of veneers as thin as 0.3mm. It can also be used for prepped veneers, inlays, onlays and all-ceramic crowns that are bonded into place. Prismatik ThinPress is available in 12 shades that correspond with the most popular bleach and shade guides.
The Pro 200 Porcelain Furnace from WHIP MIX is affordable and designed with cutting-edge technology. It has advanced cycles for IPS e.max®, In-Ceram®, Wol-Ceram®, Captek™, sintered alloys...See more and advanced porcelain products. The furnace is completely lead-free in compliance with the international RoHS directive. It comes standard with a vacuum pump and a three-year warranty or 3,750 muffle hours on the unit (U.S. & Canada only).
IVOCLAR VIVADENT's Programat EP 5000 combination press and ceramic furnace features an electronic press drive with sensor technology, Intelligent Press Function and QTK heating muffle technology for equal...See more heat distribution. Its Crack Detection System identifies cracks in the investment ring early enough to abort the press procedure. The EP 5000 also offers a user-friendly, high-resolution color touch screen and Optical Status Display, which indicates the current operating status of the furnace using different colors, making it easy to check the progress. The furnace is also environmentally friendly and features power-saving technology.
The Programat S1 furnace from IVOCLAR VIVADENT sinters single-tooth zirconia restorations in only 75 minutes. It's compact and lightweight with a heating element designed for intensive everyday use. The...See more S1 furnace features an assortment of programming options which enables a wide variety of zirconia materials to be sintered. The furnace is user-friendly and features a graphics display screen and Operating Status Display, which uses different colors to inform the user of progress at a distance. A USB interface allows for easy connection to update furnace software.
The ProPress 200 and ProPress SP from WHIP MIX are designed for cutting-edge pressing. Both furnaces have advanced cycles for IPS e.max® and Captek. The ProPress SP monitors the glass flow, sensing...See more movement of the ceramic into the ring in real time, increasing the likelihood of a complete press, even with cracked molds. The ProPress series furnaces come standard with a vacuum pump and a three-year warranty or 3,750 muffle hours on the unit (U.S. & Canada only).
AMERICAN DENTAL SUPPLY's Sensation SL is a multi-purpose porcelain system designed for high CTE alloys as well as the popular Cerpress SL® Pressable Ceramic System. It is a low-fusing, leucite-reinforced...See more glass ceramic made from the same components as Cerpress SL with the same coefficient of thermal expansion, providing harmony between the two materials. The high content of leucite and small crystal size provides increased strength and light reflection qualities. The porcelain balances fluorescent elements enabling the restoration to duplicate natural dentition in all lighting conditions. It's wear compatible with natural dentition and doesn't green or discolor.
From AMERICAN DENTAL SUPPLY, Silhouette Porcelain System's fine grain structure and CTE of 13.5-13.9 (25°C-500°C) allow it to be fired on a wide range of alloys. Its handling characteristics and non-greening...See more formula make it an ideal choice for silver-containing alloys and the powders exhibit natural fluorescence under a variety of lighting conditions. The system is available in 16 VITA® Lumin® shades, as well as Hollywood shades and opaques (both powder and paste), dentines, enamels and modifiers. The Silhouette System also offers Silhouette Secret, Whisper, SuperTrue Opalescent Enamels and Stains.
From SINTERINGOVENS.COM, the new all-digital SinterMax T1700 LE features two-hour sintering of zirconia copings and the higher temperatures needed for maximum translucency of full contour zirconia. It...See more includes 15 default, four-stage programs for all types of zirconia materials and restorations, plus five user-customizable programs. Two 30-unit crucibles can be stacked for double capacity and the quality muffle saves 30% in energy costs. Price: $7,299 which includes an extra set of molybdenum elements.
With its Radiance Ring muffle design, the Summit porcelain furnace from IBEX DENTAL TECHNOLOGIES delivers an even, homogenous band of energy within its chamber to provide consistent shade fidelity in fired...See more porcelains. State-of-the-art electronics eliminate the need for temperature calibrations, and the tangential cooling fan lowers cool-down rates by up to 50%. The user-friendly, intuitive design of the touchscreen control panel gives users the ability to edit program parameters mid-cycle. The Summit is made in the U.S. with American-made and -sourced components.
Sharing the same features as the conventional Summit furnace, the Summit Press from IBEX DENTAL TECHNOLOGIES was designed specifically to press e.max® materials. It features an elevated pressing platform...See more to ensure even heat distribution within the investment ring, helping materials to reach optimal viscosity and minimizing reaction layer. The furnace is made in the U.S. with American-made and -sourced components.
SCHÜTZ DENTAL's Tizian sintering furnace uses six high-quality MoSi2 heating elements to sinter zirconia ceramics up to 1,600°C. Inner insulation ensures low power consumption and it's equipped...See more with a security board that ensures the furnace door doesn't open accidentally. The HT controller is equipped with a thermocouple circuit breaker to prevent overheating in case the sensor is defective. The furnace comes with sintering beads and cup which holds up to 60 units; an additional sintering cup can be used to sinter a total of 120 units in one process. The new sintering oven HTS holds one cup of 30 units, but can do speed sintering of copings and small bridges in 90 minutes.
SCHÜTZ DENTAL GROUP's TiZian porcelain can be used on zirconium or titanium substructures and is free of feldspar for high transparency and esthetics, even after multiple firings. The combination of particle...See more sizes between .3 and 60 microns results in extremely low firing shrinkage. The surface texture is homogenous and compact even after the first bake, and the resulting hardness is similar to that of natural dentition. Both simple ceramic restorations and high-end veneers can be layered easily. TiZian is highly polishable, even intraorally; has high bonding strength; and is available in kits or individually in 10- and 50-g bottles.
DENTAURUM's Triceram Ceramic for zirconia and titanium offers a high bond strength and short, simple firing without slow cooling to save time and money. Restorations retain their high stability of shape...See more and shade during firing. The material offers natural shades with excellent luminescence, vitality and brilliance of color and is now available with bleach and chroma concept shades.
The Vario Press 300.e from ZUBLER USA has an Advanced Press for lithium disilicate; this patented feature cuts up to 60% off the total cycle time and prevents reaction layer formation. Other features include:...See more an intelligent pressing system and large heating element for uniform ring heating; z-dry pre-dry system for ceramic firings; touch-glass control, full color display; and an ultra-quiet, high-efficiency vacuum pump.
Vintage Art from SHOFU is a highly fluorescent, ready-to-use porcelain stain for internal and external staining techniques. It offers excellent application and cover characteristics due to its ultra-fine...See more particle structure and a simple staining technique for pressed ceramics or CAD/CAM restorations in color groups A, B, C, D and R. It features a logically structured color concept with foundation shade stains, shade stains and esthetic color stains. Foundation Shade Stains offer a colored foundation for all-ceramic frameworks or opaques. It has a firing temperature range of 830°C (internal staining) to 920°C.
The "Injection Precision Cut" grain structure makes Solera from VISION USA a fast-building porcelain for ceramic restorations, including veneers. This high-fusing porcelain is ideal for use with silver-containing...See more alloys; it's non-greening with a CTE of 13.8-15.2 and produces shade-perfect restorations.
VISION USA's Vision Zirkon Porcelain for milled zirconia copings provides excellent shade matching accuracy. Its exact CTE settings and excellent adhesion result in optimum performance on different zirconium...See more oxide frameworks, protecting restorations from cracks, checks and fractures. The material offers shade accuracy, natural esthetics, easy handling, great stacking/carving abilities and excellent bonding strength.
VITA VM 9 from VIDENT is a high-fusing, fine-structure feldspar ceramic for zirconia substructures available in VITA Classical and 3D-Master shades. The CTE is precisely adjusted to zirconium dioxide materials,...See more guaranteeing optimum bonding. The three-layer process includes a base dentine, transpa dentine and enamel powder for high esthetics. VM9 features excellent milling and polishing properties, especially in situ. A comprehensive range of additional modifier porcelains is available for esthetic individualization.
VITA VMK Master from VIDENT is a metal ceramic porcelain suitable for veneering all types of alloys, including non-precious, and is available in VITA Classical and 3D-Master shades. The layering process...See more of VMK Master has been simplified to provide high esthetics with a standard two-layer buildup technique. A complete range of modifier porcelains is available in 12- and 50-gm bottles, including window, luminary, translucent and gingiva powders.
The VITA Zyrcomat 6000 MS sintering furnace from VIDENT is capable of sintering up to 25 units as well as nine-unit bridges in 80 minutes starting from room temperature. The furnace has been rigorously...See more tested and proven to provide stress-free, gentle cooling to 400°C for white and industrially pre-colored VITA YZ materials. Conventional firing processes are also pre-programmed and the Zyrcomat can handle high-temperature sintering for all framework materials.
JENSEN DENTAL's Willi Geller Creation porcelain offers a high level of esthetics. The powders handle well, offer exact shade matching and simulate many of the same optical properties found in natural teeth....See more Most importantly, the system can be used in a production setting or by those who customize their buildups using multiple powders. The porcelain is available for traditional metal ceramics, zirconia, alumina, low-fusing, all-ceramic pressed and pressed-to-zirconia applications.
JENSEN DENTAL's Creation ZI CT porcelain, Willi Geller's newest product addition, makes it easy to achieve excellent zirconia results even with challenging cases. Use the material to produce ideal all-ceramic...See more restorations with excellent strength and biocompatibility, or preserve vitality through multiple firings. Creation ZI CT porcelain offers esthetics, quality and patient satisfaction.