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How to Work with the MainStay Disposable Articulators [Video]

Posted by Will Devine on Fri, Mar 27,2015 @ 04:30 PM

Articulators are designed to replicate the hinge movements of the mandible, however they differ greatly in their cost, adjustability and function. Because of this, many dental labs are making using of plastic disposable hinges, which are designed to save time, money and weight. 
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Tags: Techniques, Occlusion

The Digital Dental Lab World Is Here…Oh Boy!

Posted by Robert Yenkner on Fri, Mar 20,2015 @ 02:00 PM

Many of you recently attended LMT Lab Day and/or the Cal-Lab exhibition in Chicago. Five(?) years ago the number of manufacturers who hawked a digital system of scanning or milling could be counted on one hand. What struck me most at the recent show was not only the number of companies now in business but also the variety of models offered by each one. How many years did it take to go from very few, to way too many to consider? Three years ago the was no systems capable of milling a denture, yet, there in living color was a number of production units waiting to be given a good home. The pace of technology will continue to increase as the “techies” solve each of the challenges on the rapidly increasing journey of transition from the traditional lab to all digital manufacturing.

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Tags: CAD/CAM, Going Digital

Robert Neiman, a Lifetime of Whipping and Mixing

Posted by Allen Steinbock on Thu, Mar 12,2015 @ 04:30 PM

As promised last month, I want to share with you some insight into a remarkable Whip Mix co-worker, Mr. Robert Neiman.  His contributions to the company were mentioned in my October 23, 2014 posting entitled, Whip Mix: Blessed with Dedicated Team Members.  

“Everything is simple until you dig into the details” Robert Neiman 1974

Bob Neiman was both a complicated and a stubborn man. Unswayed by the opinions or expectations of others in the 40 years that I knew him, he focused his time and energy on the things that held his interest and ignored the rest. Always wearing a necktie to work and perhaps a vest in winter time, he donned a white work apron daily and wrestled with Mother Nature for potential raw materials to improve Whip Mix products for over 63 years.

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Tags: Whip Mix History

5 Things We Know About the New 3Shape Dental Scanners

Posted by Margaret Overmeer on Thu, Mar 05,2015 @ 11:30 AM

Lab Day was a huge success, several Whip Mix team members were there chatting with everyone about all of the exciting new products coming out.  CAD/CAM continues to be a big topic of discussion and 3Shape did not disappoint. Taking on the center of many of our conversations about the NEW D1000 and D2000 Scanners.

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Tags: CAD/CAM, Scanning

6 Things We are Excited to Talk About at the Chicago Midwinter Meetings

Posted by Sarah Brom on Fri, Feb 20,2015 @ 01:30 PM

Hollywood is rolling out the Red Carpet in anticipation of the 87th annual Oscars on Sunday. It is the biggest, most prestigious award any one working in the motion picture industry can be nominated for. The Oscars brings out the "crème de la crème" of Hollywood actors, actresses, directors, cinematographers and more. And while Chicago is not Hollywood, the Chicago Midwinter Meeting might as well be the Oscars of the dental industry. As this event brings together the best and the brightest dental professionals for a series of tradeshows, continuing education programs, galas and more!

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Healthy Mouth, Healthy Heart

Posted by Sarah Brom on Fri, Feb 13,2015 @ 10:30 AM

February is probably best known for Valentines Day, the most romantic holiday of the year. While, roses & chocolates or a romantic dinner might be top of mind, did you know that February is also American Heart Month

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3 Reasons You Should Rely on Your Dental Lab for Decisions on Restorative Materials

Posted by Craig Pickett on Fri, Feb 06,2015 @ 10:30 AM

The past 35 years of my association in dentistry, I have witnessed a plethora of restorative materials (for a great laugh look up that word exchange in the movie The Three Amigos). From Gold to glass filled Composites, non-precious alloy to Lithium di-silicate and many more in between, there has been a large amount of change. In conjunction with these materials came new procedures, new preparation guidelines and cementation materials. All of these materials have or have had a place in restorative dentistry, but not all of them can occupy the same place in restorative dentistry.

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Tags: Doctor-Lab Communication


Posted by Allen Steinbock on Thu, Jan 29,2015 @ 03:30 PM

Disclaimer:  This chapter of my history blog contains very little Whip Mix history, but chronicles at a distance of 50 years how the ties between a family and family business were woven and then redefined  into what has now endured for 4 generations.  If this interests you, gentle reader, please continue. 

The law of unintended consequences applied (in a good way) to the “Baby Stuart” articulator that Whip Mix had begun selling early in 1962. My Dad, Ed Steinbock, Jr, began to realize that over 45 North American dental schools were potential customers, and also that he’d best not be away from his seven children, aged 6 to 14, for extended lengths of time. So he hatched a novel, low-budget plan --- take the whole family of 9 on an extended cross-country sales call that would include Canada, 10 dental schools and the 1962 Seattle World’s Fair. 

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Tags: Whip Mix History

Improving Your Digital Technical Support

Posted by Craig Pickett on Thu, Jan 22,2015 @ 03:30 PM

Each of us want the best support we can possibly have, especially when it comes to the CAD/CAM technology we've invested in. When issues do arise that are beyond our ability to correct, it can be very frustrating.

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Lean in the Lab: Get Your Employees Involved

Posted by Robert Yenkner on Thu, Jan 15,2015 @ 04:30 PM

Many of you have been kind enough to share your stories and challenges with me as I spent my 2nd year in the dental lab industry. Organizations such as Whip Mix, and NADL, and countless state dental lab associations have included me in various meetings and gatherings so I can better understand how this industry works, and what opportunities lie in front of us.

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Tags: Lean in the Lab

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