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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: “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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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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WeTeamUp Terms: “Collet”

What’s a “Collet”? [kol-it] – Noun The collet is the mechanism that holds the milling tool in the spindle during operation. It transmits the spindle’s power into the tool while keeping it precisely centered under milling loads. In dental milling machines, the collet opens and…
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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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WeTeamUp Terms: “Spindle”

What’s a “Spindle”? [spin·dl] – Noun The spindle is the business end of the dental milling machine. The term “spindle” refers to the mechanism that provides the power for the cutting tool. The spindle spins the cutting tool at high speed and supplies all the…
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Roland Milling Bur Installation Tips

Goal: Avoid damage to the milling bur during installation Loading burs into your machine is when you’re most likely to damage them. In this post, we’ll look at a few things you can do to avoid accidental damage to your Roland milling bur. Many lab…
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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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Introducing WeTeamUp – Powered by Sierra Dental Tool

WeTeamUp is an educational and tech support resource powered by Sierra Dental Tool    Right to the point: Why should you subscribe to our blog?   Knowledge is power. At Sierra Dental Tool, we believe in empowering you. We want to scale-up our ability…
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Anatomy of a Tool: Understand the Parts

In this post, we’ll give you a top-down view of the parts of a tool. If you know the basic parts of the tool and understand some of the design variables, you can understand what you’re buying and make your dollars go further. Overall Length: …
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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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