The Whip Mix Blog

What's with my bowl? When to replace worn out mixing bowls

Posted by Craig Pickett on Thu, Oct 01,2015 @ 03:30 PM

It’s happened again! A well-seasoned technician finally called after exhausting all of his thoughts and considerations on the topic, and said, ‘I’m right in the middle of a box of investment and I haven’t changed anything I’m doing, but my castings are all of a sudden too large. I’ve tried changing ratios but now I’m just lost…What is going on’?

After reviewing all of the procedures for investing and finding that he was following them all correctly, he let go in conversation how he had just replaced his bowl he’d been using for 10 years with a new one.

Well, that is the answer. I know…you think that I’m just trying to sell more mixing bowls, right? But no, there is a physics issue going on that explains what’s with the bowl; and it will happen to you too if you are not aware.

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Tags: Techniques, Investments

Investing in CAD/CAM Equipment: Lease Vs. Purchase

Posted by Chris Frye on Thu, Sep 24,2015 @ 11:00 AM

My wife and I both grew up in conservative families in conservative Cincinnati Ohio where you only purchase what you can pay for. Now that we are parents and home owners we run our personal finances the same way. While we can all do without certain luxuries in our personal life that may not be the case for your dental lab, especially if you want your lab to succeed.

According to the U.S. Small Business Administration, there are 4 questions you should ask yourself when it comes to leasing or purchasing new equipment, each with their own set of pros and cons. Here is what they say when it comes to leasing vs. purchasing equipment:

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Tags: CAD/CAM, Going Digital

Understanding the PTC 3Shape Training App

Posted by Marc Radziewicz on Wed, Sep 16,2015 @ 11:00 AM

“I am interested in going digital and want to integrate a 3Shape scanner into our lab’s work flow, but what training can you provide?”

Tackling the world of digital dentistry is both exciting and overwhelming. Everything revolves around your 3Shape scanner and you’re only as good as your design. My customers who aren’t familiar with 3Shape often ask about training, post training, and then additional support when needed. "What happens if I hire someone new?”, “What if I forget the training?” or ”It was so much information; I just couldn’t process it all.” These are all concerns when facing a large investment but now with this partnership with PTC we are able to address these key issues for the dental lab and help provide consistency, quality and productivity to the dental lab.

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Tags: CAD/CAM, Going Digital, 3shape

What's In A Name? Understanding Today's Dental Technician

Posted by Craig Pickett on Fri, Sep 11,2015 @ 11:30 AM

"What's in a name? That which we call a rose
by any other name would smell as sweet."

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Tags: Doctor-Lab Communication, Dental Education

3Shape Quick Tip: How to add a Dentist/Dental Office

Posted by Cory Lambertson on Fri, Sep 04,2015 @ 11:30 AM

When purchasing a 3Shape Dental system it's very important to keep organized. If you are not careful your system can start to look like that old email inbox that is getting out of control. Staying organized will help to prevent confusion, and even worst, delivering cases to the wrong dentist. So here is a quick tip on how to accomplish this in your 3Shape Dental System.

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Tags: Scanning, 3shape

Combatting Air Bubbles in Dental Ceramics

Posted by Will Devine on Fri, Aug 28,2015 @ 10:30 AM

The goal with any restoration is to simulate natural dentition as much as possible. Restorations that contain air bubbles can cause an odd appearance at best, depending on where they are. In the worst case, they can not only affect the appearance, they can actually compromise the strength of the case, resulting in fractures.

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Tags: Techniques, Investments

The Age Old Question: 4-Axis vs. 5-Axis Dry Milling

Posted by Chris Frye on Thu, Aug 20,2015 @ 11:30 AM

Well I don’t know if it is the age-old question or not, but it is one that has been discussed in the dental lab industry for the last several years, 4-axis or 5-axis. I’ve had a lot of people tell me “why would you have a dental lab limit themselves to a 4-axis mill?” It isn’t really a matter of limiting yourself, but taking a look at your business and making an educated decision on the mill that best fits your dental lab's needs. 

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3Shape Quick Tip: How to Ease into Dental Manager 2015

Posted by Cory Lambertson on Tue, Aug 11,2015 @ 11:30 AM

As we all know change is a very scary topic to encounter especially when it affects the work flow of your business. When comparing Dental System 2015 to previous versions, you will notice that the interfaces of the software are completely different. Buttons are moved around on the design sections, smile composer and sculpt are combined, and we have a new scanning software titled ScanIt Dental. Change is intimidating, but it should never be feared. Even though these changes have taken place, here are a few tips to help ease the transition into Dental System 2015.

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Tags: CAD/CAM, Scanning, 3shape

CAD/CAM Technology: Purchase for What You Use, Outsource the Rest

Posted by Craig Pickett on Thu, Aug 06,2015 @ 04:45 PM

With so many options in the digital technology market today, it can be confusing for the small dental lab or practice owner to look at and make decisions regarding the purchase of systems and ‘modules’ in systems. Some laboratories and doctors want to have everything that is available at their fingertips, but that may be a price that most would not want to entertain. Since we all know that we are faced with entering the digital market, like it or not, there has to be a rational way to figure out what you need.

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Tags: CAD/CAM, Going Digital

7 Requirements for a Dental Scanner and Mill Set-up

Posted by Evan Kemper on Fri, Jul 31,2015 @ 05:00 PM

In today's digital world our expectations have been elevated by the fact that many of our everyday, household technologies, like Blu-ray players, cell phones, TV's, video game systems and even computers, have some type of plug 'n play technology enabling us to simply plug it in with little to no set-up or programming. However, this plug 'n play mind set does not translate over to the CAD/CAM technology that is used in the dental lab.

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Tags: CAD/CAM, Scanning, Milling, Going Digital

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