2. How long will it take before it pays for itself?
This is difficult to truly know as there are so many contributing factors. However, if we look at full contour zirconia (FCZ) production, a simple equation will give you an idea of whether you can reduce your monthly production costs; Monthly number of FCZ multiplied by £7.50 (approximate material and tooling cost to mill each STML FCZ), plus the monthly cost of finance. If this is less than your outsourcing bill, then you’re in a good position.
3. Wet mill, dry mill or hybrid, which is the best dental milling machine for you?
It depends on what you want to mill. A dry mill will use Zirconia, Wax and PMMA, a wet mill will be used for PMMA also and for harder materials like Metals. Generally a lab will go with a dry mill and a clinic a wet mill. A dry mill will allow you to do several jobs at once, saving time and money. A wet mill will be used for one job at a time.
Hybrid mills will do both wet and dry milling and if this of interest you should check out our latest offering, the Redon Hybrid.
4. How long will it take to get up to speed?
Probably not as long as you think but difficult to say exactly. What I can say is that if you’re already au fait with CAD design then it should be comparatively simple and painless. We would always advise integrating in-house milling slowly and gradually switch from your out-sourcing partner. In reality most labs switch most production to in-house within a week or two.
5. Do I have the space?
This is a good question and one often missed out, do you have the space for a milling machine and the accompanying equipment, dental milling machines can be big beasts.
Of course, the answer is, it depends. The easiest thing to do is to give us a call and we can give you an idea of the sort of space you might need.
6. What additional equipment is required?
All dental milling machines will require some additional equipment. A wet mill will need a compressor and a dry milling machine requires both a compressor and an extractor
Both machines need CAM software and a computer to run it.
Both mills will come with milling burs but you will have to consider your ongoing consumables requirement such as materials like Zirconia, PMMS, Wax and of course additional milling burs.