Inside Dental Technology
April 2014, Volume 5, Issue 4
Published by AEGIS Communications
Argen Digital’s High-Noble SLM Substructures
40% gold SLM crowns and bridges created via digital workflow
Argen Digital is the first and only manufacturer in the dental industry to offer High-Noble Selective Laser Melted (SLM) substructures. This completes their line of SLM products, including high noble, noble, and non-precious substructures, all of which offer dental laboratories a solution to fit all of their crown and bridge needs.
Although the traditional PFM has been experiencing a decline in prescriptions as full zirconia and other metal-free restorations become more prevalent, many laboratory owners, technicians, and dentists still prefer the predictable and proven results of the traditional PFM. SLM technology enables laboratories to continue providing traditional PFMs to their dentist clients without having to invest in high levels of precious metal inventory and labor costs. Now, with the introduction of High Noble SLM substructures from Argen Digital, laboratories have access to high noble, noble, and non-precious copings and frameworks from one source.
Argen Digital’s High Noble SLM is printed with the popular Argedent EURO alloy. Argedent EURO is an economical, high noble, white gold alloy that contains 40% gold with universal porcelain application compatibility. By partnering with Argen Digital, laboratories are able to receive High Noble SLM single unit crowns to 6-unit bridges in only 2 business days.
Benefits of SLM
Selective Laser Melting is an additive printing technology that melts fine metal powder, specifically formulated for the SLM environment, layer-by-layer to build substructures. SLM technology offers many benefits to laboratories over traditional waxing and casting, including:
Reduced Inventory of Precious Alloys
Laboratories can reduce costs by decreasing the inventory of alloy kept in-house. With Argen Digital’s High Noble SLM, laboratory owners only pay for the metal required to build a unit plus a fixed CAM fee.
SLM processes result in less metal waste compared with casting, and fewer remakes due to the accuracy of the printing technology. What is designed is exactly what is received.
Increased Productivity within the Laboratory
By incorporating SLM technology through the digital workflow, laboratory technicians are free from having to spend time waxing and casting and are able to return to the art of designing and finishing each case to meet their dentist’s personal preference.
Extremely Accurate and Consistent Fit
A digitally designed file created by laboratory technicians contains very detailed anatomy and contours. These details are preserved in the SLM printing environment and offer laboratory technicians a level of detail that is typically unachievable with traditional casting. The precision offered by the SLM technology also removes a level of potential error.
Argen Digital is committed to delivering industry-leading customer care and technical support. In the past year the company has expanded their digital center to include 8 SLM machines, 15 milling machines, and 5 3D printers, all staffed and supported by over 40 technicians.
It is easy to receive SLM substructures from Argen Digital. Laboratories simply scan and design their restorations and upload the STL files to www.argendigital.com. From there, the laboratory will receive single to 6-unit high noble bridges in only 2 business days.
Disclaimer: The preceding material was provided by the manufacturer. The statements and opinions contained therein are solely those of the manufacturer and not of the editors, publisher, or the Editorial Board of Inside Dental Technology.
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