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Electro Optical Systems (EOS) will present two clinics, entitled ‘Producing Bridges, Copings, Implants and Models from CAD Data Via Laser-Sintering’, at this year’s Lab Day in Chicago.

The clinics are approved for 1.5 scientific Certified Dental Technician (CDT) credits.

They will be held in Hospitality Suite 930 on 26 February from 8:30 until 10:00 and again from 10:30 until noon.

The clinics will give dental technicians the opportunity to learn about direct metal laser sintering (DMLS) as a cost-saving, efficient alternative to traditional casting methods for copings, bridges and implants.

They will also explore plastics laser sintering for modelling, among other things, post-processing restorations.

EOS engineer Thomas Thiel, master dental technologist, will conduct the clinics; he has previously worked in commercial laboratories specialising in crowns and bridges, combined removable partial dentures, implants and ceramics.

In addition to biocompatible cobalt-chrome copings and bridges, EOS DMLS systems are used for titanium implants with controlled porous surfaces that promote osteointegration.

These implants are currently CE certified in Europe and are undergoing the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval process in the US.

An additive manufacturing technology, laser sintering uses computer-aided design (CAD) and other 3D digital data to build parts, layer by layer.

DMLS equipment can run unattended to produce about 450 individually designed bridges and crowns for porcelain-fused-to-metal (PFM) restorations in 24 hours.

In contrast, with the traditional lost-wax casting process, a dental technician can only produce about 20.

EOS will also showcase samples of dental products at its exhibit during Lab Day, which will be held at the Sheraton Chicago Hotel and Towers on 25-26 February.

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