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Milling Digital Partials – The Profitable Way!

Hey, we just did a very in-depth webinar with Kris from Myerson – We went through the digital partial framework workflow step by step! This is a great one to watch if you’re considering milling your partials! Webinar description: Learn how to efficiently produce a…
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Zahn Dental Webinar

  We recently did a webinar with Zahn dental. Lots of great info on CadCam and digital processes in the lab! In this webinar, Greg Everett from Sierra Dental Tool speaks about the role of milling tools in the modern digital workflow. He covers industrial…
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Featured Article in IDT: “Milling Tools – The Bottom Line”

  We’ve recently been published the trade magazine: Inside Dental Technology! If you want to know the key considerations when choosing milling tools, Be sure to check it out here: https://www.aegisdentalnetwork.com/idt/2019/03/milling-tools-the-bottom-line  
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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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