LAB DAY is certainly no longer a “day.” I arrived on Tuesday and spent the next four days seeing and learning so many new things. With additional shows such as CAL Lab and Spectrum Day as well as others make Chicago in February a must attend for all that are interested or dependant on dental technology. These shows have truly becoming an international event as there were people attending from all over the world. I would like to offer my sincerest appreciation to all the companies and people involved to put such great venues together, thank you.
Being located in the US, LAB DAY is the largest dental market worldwide and just a month before the IDS show (the largest dental show worldwide) and resulted in many manufacturers not waiting until the end of March to launch new products. Here are some of the highlights that really caught my eye:
3Shape hit it out of the park with the introduction of 3 new “E” series scanners. The E1, E2 and E3. These fully open framework scanners have replaced the D500, D750, D850 and D900L. Coming in at a new all time low entry price point of about $10K, 3Shape has now made it possible for any sized lab to move to digital workflows. Amazingly, all of these scanners can all scan impressions as well as models and have great accuracy and adequate speed for efficient production. In addition, 3Shape has listened and responded to us. There is a lot more from 3Shape to fill you in on, but I will save it for another post.
Formlabs Form 2 3D printer has made 3D printing viable for any lab. They exhibited a viable, accurate 3D printer for well under $10K. This is a device that will likely be in every lab in a relatively short time frame. It is able to print surgical guides, bite splints, models, ortho appliances and pressing and casting patterns. I believe Formlabs has set a new benchmark for 3D printing, making it affordable for both the printer and materials.
Amann Girrbach showed the new DNA series of CAD CAM equipment and may have stolen the show. Impressive newly designed products with many new upgrades and new faster milling strategies. The Mikro has been given a 5th axis. The Motion 2 is a 75 W, 100K RPM spindle and patented milling strategy for milling ceramics. On the materials side, there were so many samples of what may be THE MOST esthetic zirconia, Zolid FX Multi zirconia. Amazingly, it has never been easier for a laboratory to improve the quality of their work. It’s now as simple as changing the disc on mills.
Roland unveiled a new dry mill DWX-52DC with a 6 disc changer. This looks like and has all the new features of the DWX 51D with the added changer integrated on the left side. I can’t wait to get my hands on this mill for our pre-shaded multi layer zirconia. I expect it will improve our efficiency significantly and run through the night with lights out manufacturing.
I think I have gone on long enough for this post. For those of you that may not attend due to what is normally a very cold winery event, this year we had spring like weather with temps in the 60s and 70s. I will provide a lot more info in the next few weeks. Again thanks to all that participated in making this year’s events the best ever.
And thanks for reading.