Seen at Chicago Midwinter
1991: Step one a dentist takes a crown impression, calls the local lab, the lab sends a runner in a Chevette to pick it up, take it to the lab and the local guy makes a crown.
2001: Step two a dentist takes a crown impression, sends it via FedEx to a regional lab, the big lab sends it to Asia for a quick cheap crown.
2011: Step three a dentist takes a crown impression, puts the model in the digital scanner and sends it instantly via the Internet to Asia for a quick cheap crown.
I am not advocating sending crowns to Asia or anywhere else. However this does show how technology will disrupt our old business models, cutting out the middle men and eliminating time and distance problems.
Models and dies may be scanned from anywhere in the world using our scanner and electronically sent to our milling center for design, fabrication, and finishing.