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A look at some of the recently announced products from the dental laboratory industry.
Designed to be a complete and validated 3D printing solution with a start-to-finish workflow, the PrograPrint 3D print system from Ivoclar Vivadent includes the PrograPrint PR5 3D Printer, the PrograPrint Clean, the PrograPrint Cure, and the ProArt™ line of print materials. The PrograPrint PR5 is a self-calibrating DLP printer said to provide highly accurate production with a 4-million-pixel resolution, with 49-µm pixel size, and 50- to 100-µm layer thickness. The printer is suited for the production of models, splints, surgical guides, as well as wax inlays, onlays, crowns, and bridges for pressing or casting. The self-contained material cartridges offer increased efficiency and reduced material waste.
Why this is more than just a printer:
With its complementary components, the PR5 becomes the hub of an efficient production solution. The PrograPrint Clean removes excess unpolymerized material from printed parts, and the build platform loads directly into the device for easy cleaning. The PrograPrint Cure is an LED curing unit that cures the printed components on the build platform. The system is designed with preset curing times for the different materials in the ProArt Print line.
716-691-0010 | ivoclarvivadent.com
Designed to help dental labs optimize their performance and streamline case management, Lab Manager V8.2 features workflows designed to save time spent on data entry. The platform is designed to track details about customers, jobs, products, invoices, payments, and which technicians are assigned to each task. The system can produce a range of reports and documents including delivery notes, invoices, statements, financial reports, and job and technician tracking reports. Among a range of additional enhancements, the latest version of the software adds the ability to track remakes and indicate whether the error was the lab’s or the clinician’s fault.
Why consider this software:
A popular platform in the UK, Lab Manager is now available in the US. The software is designed to be adaptable to meet the needs of any lab. Users can access a range of templates, and the latest version of the software supports bar code scanning for increased tracking of cases in the lab. The software can help labs track cases both inside the lab and cases sent to outsource partners or collaborations with clinicians on complex projects.
+44 333 4560087 | transactorsystems.com
A truly all-in-one 5-axis dental mill, the CRAFT 5X is designed to save space without compromising milling quality or flexibility. The system mills on the X, Y, and Z axes, and the blocks or discs being milled can rotate 360 degrees in either direction. It can operate in both wet and dry modes, allowing a wide range of materials to be milled, and it features a powerful closed-loop motor system. The system’s sturdy construction reduces vibration, and the Jäger spindle can reach up to 100,000 RPM with a maximum power of 700 W to provide the system with both power and accuracy. The system can be controlled via an onboard computer and touchscreen control with an intuitive interface.
What makes this mill stand out:
Many dental mills include built-in storage for tools and milling accessories, and the CRAFT 5X does as well. However, the true innovations in this mill’s design are the integrated dust collector and cooling system, which allow the mill to be placed almost anywhere and operated without the need for any additional hardware. The compact system is designed to be easy to maintain and can be ready to mill as soon as it’s connected to electricity.
949-932-0899 | doflab.com
This next-generation 3D dental modeling resin offers a new level of accuracy, detail, and speed. Said to be formulated for rapid printing and fast postcuring, KeyModel Ultra is also designed to increase print accuracy by reducing peel forces. It can be carved without chipping to adjust the model as needed. The resin is available in ivory and light gray.
*Editor's Choice: Features easy thermoforming release, eliminating the need for release agents.
856-663-4700 | keystoneindustries.com
These high-quality CVD diamond-coated and noncoated carbide cutting tools are made with high-grade tungsten carbide for excellent surface finish. With a high-performance tool life, they are designed for longevity with approximately 50-plus hours of use. The diamond-coated tool with a real diamond grown surface is designed with extremely sharp cutting edges for use on zirconia while reducing margin chipping. The carbide tool is ideal for wax and PMMA applications. These cutting tools are manufactured in the US exclusively for Roland milling machines.
714-523-5544 | aurident.com
DENTIQ is a high-precision 3D printer equipped with autocalibration and more than 100 precalibrated materials. It is designed to offer a simple learning curve for beginners while also providing the accuracy and consistency professionals need. Designed for chairside and same-day dentistry, its remote diagnostics make machine repair and component replacement easy. Other features include an ergonomic LCD touchscreen, a built-in vat cleaning function, and 47-micron pixel size. The DENTIQ is suitable for dental models, surgical guides, temporaries, denture bases and teeth, mouth guards and splints, and flexible gum masks.
+886-2-7737-8330 | ackuretta.com
While current shade guides on the market only offer a 2-dimensional approach to color—the APVolution S shade guide offers color in A, B, C, and D chroma; value in 1, 2, 3, and 4; opacity, eg, LT, MT, HT, and HT+ in combination with the stump shade; and stump shade 1-9. This is designed to allow a high success rate with fewer remakes. Technicians can select matching ingots before the case even begins. The concavity of the manually finished and polished porcelain indicator, in combination with the stump shades, assists in selecting the right porcelain shade and opacity. The finished surface texture of the indicator enhances the reflection and visual result comparable to a high-end restoration. This is said to increase efficiencies and the success rate of any full porcelain restoration.
727-493-4062 | apdental.net
Designed to offer a cost-effective solution that digitizes dentistry, Permanent Crown Resin is a tooth-colored, ceramic-filled resin for 3D printing permanent single crowns, inlays, onlays, and veneers. It enables dental businesses of all sizes to achieve high-quality restorations through 3D printing. It also is said to offer high-strength, long-term restorations with an accurate and precise fit. Parts printed with this resin can be contoured, polished, and glazed with everyday tools and do not require sintering.
*Editor's Choice: A low water absorption and smooth finish decrease the tendency to age, discolor, or accumulate plaque.
617-702-8476 | formlabs.com
OpenDWS is a line of resins that are designed to be used on 3D printers made by any manufacturer, with either SLA or DLP technology. Available in 5 materials, Cast Pro is a high-resolution resin developed for easy burnout of models with high details and is suitable for printing patterns with sharp details. Cast is a high-quality, high-performance resin for lost wax casting and is an easy burnout and waxlike material. OpenDWS’ Tough resin provides strength in finished parts, allowing for ideal quality for prototyping of functional parts. Rigid is a high-resolution nano-filled resin, which is designed to provide exceptional resistance, high hardness, and smooth surfaces. The Clear resin is a transparent material that offers flexibility in the printing of glasslike prototypes.
+39-0445-810810 | opendws.com
The base and lid of this mixing tray are manufactured in matching solid aluminum and sandblasted and anodized for a soft touch. The SlimPad Pro is sleek and ultrathin—the base is just 5.6 mm high, offering a compact and ergonomic design. The tray’s dimensions can be adapted for the needs of new materials and technologies. Its glass slab is bicolored—black for composite conditioning and white for stains. Hard materials can be easily removed using a spatula or scalpel without leaving residue. The SlimPad Pro also features an antiadhesive silicone insert for liquid, which can be placed on either the left or right side and includes a small container sponge for wiping off excess liquids.
877-755-6868 | smilelineusa.com
This portable air purification system combines high-capacity airflow, ultraviolet germicidal irradiation, and true HEPA filtration to remove dangerous airborne particles and disable pathogens as quickly as every 5 minutes. The OCA500 is designed to offer a powerful performance that achieves up to 12 complete air changes per hour. Suitable for room sizes up to 2500 square feet, it achieves an airflow rate of 225 to 500 CFM. The OCA500 uses a MERV 11 prefilter and a True HEPA filter. At 14 x 14.5 x 50 inches and 90 pounds, it’s compact and portable.
425-512-0379 | omnicleanair.com