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WeTeamUp Terms: “Chip Load”

  What’s “Chip Load”? [Chip lohd] Milling is a very dynamic process. As a milling tool advances through material, its cutting edges remove small chips of material every time it rotates. Chip load is the term used to quantify this action. It is the length…
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New Blog Series: WeTeamUp Terms

WeTeamUp is starting its new blog series “WeTeamUp Terms” The new series will take a comprehensive look at terms that matter to those of us involved in dental CadCam. Most of us reading this site are dental lab techs looking to become more knowledgeable. A…
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Damaging Milling Burs: For Science!

Damaging Milling Burs: For Science!

Damaged CAD/CAM milling burs will have a shortened life. As a dental lab invested in digital technology, you want to get the most from your milling burs. Let’s take a look at what it takes to cause notable damage and how to avoid it. We’ll…
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Top Ten Tool Life Tips

  When you purchase tools for your mill you want to make sure you get the most out of them. Many labs out there don’t realize how many different things that can impact the life they get from their tools. There are numerous contributing factors…
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Runout: Is it Chipping Away at Your Productivity?

In this post, we’re going to outline what runout is and what you can do to avoid it. Runout is one of the most significant sources of milling problems in the dental lab. If you have ever had abnormal tool wear or strange breakages you…
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WeTeamUp Terms: “Tool Profile”

What is “Tool Profile”? Tool profile is the shape of the tool’s cutting edge as seen from the side. As a milling tool shapes your part, it leaves a path that is the negative of its profile shape. The selection of tool profile is dependent…
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WeTeamUp Terms: “Calibration”

[kal-uh-brey-shuhn] What is “Calibration”? Calibration is the comparison of values produced by a machine to a known standard of accuracy. Like any sensitive piece of equipment, modern dental CNC machines need to be calibrated in order to produce good milling results. All machines in our…
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WeTeamUp Terms: “Workholding”

[wurk-hohl-ding] What is “Workholding”? Workholding is a term used in industrial machining to refer to an apparatus or device that holds the workpiece during machining. Its job is to securely and rigidly hold the material in place. We have workholding in dental, but most of…
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WeTeamUp Terms: “Shank”

[shangk] What’s a “Shank”? The shank is the part of a milling tool that is held in the machine’s collet – opposite of the cutting end. The importance of the shank is often overlooked. It’s responsible for centering the tool in your machine’s spindle. A…
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WeTeamUp Terms: “Limit Switch”

  [lim-it-swich] What’s a “Limit Switch”? A limit switch is a device used to control the movement of mechanical parts. Dental CNC machines use several of these switches to operate various sub-assemblies. They are found in each machine axis, tool measurement probe, and safety interlocks.…
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WeTeamUp Terms: “g-code”

[gee-kohd]   What’s “g-code”?   G-code is a text-based language that’s used to control all types of CNC machines. When your milling machine is running a program, it’s reading a g-code file with instructions that tell it where to move, how fast to do it,…
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WeTeamUp Terms: “Air Blast”

[ er blast ]   What’s “Air Blast”? An air blast is a device that delivers a stream of high-pressure air to the tip of the milling tool while it is cutting. They are widely employed in both industrial and dental grade CNC machines. The…
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WeTeamUp Terms: “Stepper Motor”

What is a “Stepper Motor”? [ˈstepər] [ˈmōdər] A stepper motor is a special type of electric motor that is used in our dental CNC machines. These motors control the position of each of the machine’s axes. Stepper motors are different from regular electric motors because…
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WeTeamUp Terms: “Yttria”

  What is “Yttria”? [ih-tree-uh] Yttria, otherwise known as Yttrium Oxide (Y2O3) is an additive used in all dental grade zirconia material. It is used to stabilize the zirconia during sintering.  As your zirconia restoration is sintered, it experiences a crystalline phase change. As the zirconia undergoes…
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WeTeamUp Terms: “ATC”

What is “ATC”?   “ATC” stands for “Automatic Tool Changer”. This one might seem a bit self-explanatory, but it shouldn’t go unappreciated.  An ATC is vital to the modern dental milling workflow. An ATC is responsible for picking up and measuring the correct tool for…
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WeTeamUp Terms: “Axis”

[ˈaksəs] -Noun What’s an “Axis”? An “Axis” is an imaginary line around which a dental milling machine moves. The purpose of an axis is to provide a reference point for precise controlled motion of the milling machine. All CNC (computer numerical control) machines convert numeric…
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