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A weekly podcast dedicated to the dental laboratory industry. Featuring anyone associated with the profession from all over the world. Host are in their own dental laboratory every day making teeth and interviewing people from the industry on their time off. New episodes every Monday morning.

Voices from The Bench Elvis Dahl

    • Health & Fitness
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A weekly podcast dedicated to the dental laboratory industry. Featuring anyone associated with the profession from all over the world. Host are in their own dental laboratory every day making teeth and interviewing people from the industry on their time off. New episodes every Monday morning.

    Whipping it up at Whip Mix Part 2: Whitney McCarty & Gene Peterson

    Whipping it up at Whip Mix Part 2: Whitney McCarty & Gene Peterson

    DARE to say NO to bad impressions the shirt! Order one today!
    100% of the profits go towards The Foundation for Dental Laboratory Technology


    We love it when we can talk to people in our industry face-to-face. Last October we got that chance at the Preat booth while attending the Whip Mix Digital Forum. This annual event was on its 9th year and so far it was its best. This time we had a chance to talk to a wonderful digital technician Whitney McCarty. Whitney talked about starting as an expanded assistant, dedicating all her free time to learn digital dentistry, and taking what she has learned to become a pivotal CAD/CAM technician at Midwest Dental Arts doing a full arch digital workflow. Then we sit down and chat with Gene Peterson CDT from Stearngold. Gene has a rich dental lab background with early ties to digital dentures. Gene talks about the early days of Sterngold (125 years ago!), the ERA attachments that started the company, and how they became the implant company they are today.


    Whip Mix’s new Veriwash resin cleaning station is the ideal piece of equipment to use in the 3D printed resin post process. It’s oscillating, multi-speed stirrer produces a tornado-like vortex every 30-seconds, and guarantees efficient, effective and powerful cleaning whether the units are individual or still attached to the build plate.

    The two alcohol baths make an effective step-wash system. It cleans more efficiently and there is less alcohol needed, since it is re-used for both a fresh bath and a dirty bath.

    The VeriWash’s intelligent design offers features such as Mode, Time, and Start/Stop button display which gives the operator full and automatic control of the cleaning process. A mesh basket used in the wash container makes it easy to keep track of small printed parts when cleaning. The affordable unit’s one-year warranty ensures peace-of-mind for the owner.

    Visit whipmix.com or call (800) 626-5651 for more information about this great new product.



    Did you know that Gro3X wants to help lab owners to get better at marketing their own labs? They just had a marketing summit earlier in November in Charlotte, NC, where they had a bunch of lab and business owners present their best marketing practices.

    And now, they are getting ready for their Dental Marketing Masters program next year in May. This is going to be also in Charlotte. It will be a two-days workshop that goes deep into the Why? How? and What? of dental marketing.

    Just go to the Events section at gro3x.com, click on “Dental Marketing Masters” and then fill out the application at the bottom of the page.

    Gro3X will have scholarships for up to 3 different attendees (under the age of 30) that will get a free pass to the Master Program. Gro3x will donate $100 per applicant to The Foundation For Dental Laboratory Technology for the first 10 x applications received. So, if you are under 30 and interested in stepping up your marketing game, make sure you apply ASAP and no later than January 30th, 2022.Special Guests: Gene Peterson and Whitney McCarty.

    • 57 min
    Whipping it up at Whip Mix Part 1: Anne Steinbock, Pat Higgins, and Bryce Hiller

    Whipping it up at Whip Mix Part 1: Anne Steinbock, Pat Higgins, and Bryce Hiller

    DARE to say NO to bad impressions the shirt! Order one today!
    100% of the profits go towards The Foundation for Dental Laboratory Technology


    October 2021 Elvis and Barb FINALLY got to record at a LIVE event together for the first times since February 2020. Lucky it was at the Whip Mix Digital Forum, a packed event full of fantastic speakers, vendors, and attendees that were super excited just to be out enjoying the dental lab industry. This first episode for the event has Elvis and Barb talking to the CEO of Whip Mix herself, Anne Steinbock. Anne talks about the family history, her past jobs at the company and becoming CEO, and some great tales of Whip Mix past. Then we talk to Pat Higgins and Bryce Hiller about the new Whip Mix VeriONE Digital workflow for clinicians. This workflow, when announced, caused a lot of rumors and misinformation about what it was. Pat and Bryce come on to set the record straight on how it's actually a good thing for dental labs.


    Did you know that most inLab MCX5 users that have ordered burs from Gro3X once, keep on ordering Gro3X burs over and over again? Because Gro3X burs are engineered by some of the folks who have been providing burs to some of the largest US production labs for years.

    Did you also know, that most Roland and DGShape users have no idea what they are missing out?

    To give Roland and DGSHAPE users the opportunity to find out for themselves how good Gro3X burs work also for their machines, Gro3X is now offering a BUY 3, GET 2 BURS FREE special. This is exclusively for Voices From The Bench listeners.

    Simply go to the Gro3X website at gro3x.com click on burs, then select Roland & DGSHAPE. Add five burs of your choice to your cart, click on CHECK-OUT, enter discount code B3G2Burs and check out.



    Whip Mix, known today for its digital equipment and materials, has been known for decades as a leader in occlusion products with its Whip Mix, Hanau, and Denar articulators and facebows.

    The most popular of these is the Denar Mark 300 Series articulator. These popular semi-adjustable instruments are engineered for superior performance and tested thoroughly based on proven methodology. They bring a new standard of interchangeability with factory set accuracy within 20 microns. With their sleek, ergonomic design and powder-coated finish, these articulators have a contemporary look that’s as durable as it is aesthetically pleasing.

    The Denmat Mark 320 articulator features Adjustable condylar inclination with 0 to 60,° and Progressive side shift fixed at 15°. The Denar Mark 300 comes complete with: Dust cover, 10 magnetic mounting plates, instructions and standard black carrying case.

    Head over to Whipmix.com to order one today.



    Have you seen the high prices of precious metal these days? They are close to record highs on gold and palladium. With those high precious metal prices, you are paying a high cost for your alloys. We know that you are using less Precious metal in your lab these days, but if you send in half of what you sent in 5 years ago ,your scrap return will be higher than it was 5 years ago ,because of the high PM prices . You owe it to yourself to find a trusted, reputable refining company.

    Look no further! Kulzer refining has been tested, trusted and reputable for over 100 years. They burn, melt and assay all under one roof at their state-of-the-art refining facility in Wartburg Tennessee. They have doubled their production capacity to ensure your scrap return within 2 weeks.

    With all the non-precious material that has become present in today’s restorations it is important that we ensure the assay sample is homogenous. At Kulzer, they take the extra step to X-ray the top and bottom after they melt the bar to make sure the precious metal percentages--- are the same. If not, copper is added until they are positive the bar is homogeneous. We know this step is very important to get a precise assay result.

    Their reimbursement to the customer is after our 10%

    • 55 min
    Slightly Unhinged with Justin Gerard

    Slightly Unhinged with Justin Gerard

    When we discovered a Instagram account by a "gentleman" named @mrawwesome, we knew that he would be a interesting guest. Justin Gerard is a removable technician that tells it like it is. Entertaining and slightly offensive, Justin comes on the podcast to talk about getting into the industry, characters that help shape him in the profession, opening his own lab (Colonial Dental Lab) with a partner, and starting his Instagram account to share his unique take on dental lab technology.


    2022 NADL Vision 21 meeting: Las Vegas January 20 - 22


    Whip Mix is very excited to announce the new PRO 4K large format 3D printer from Asiga. The open-material printer for 385nm and 405nm resins features renowned Asiga reliability, and super-fast print mode for large batch printing of virtually all print resins. It’s ideal for printing any kind of model, dentures, splints, surgical guides, impression trays and more.

    The Asiga Pro 4K DLP printer is affordable so you can own it for under $25,000. It has a large build plate and is available in both 65 micron and 46 micron resolution versions. For information about the Asiga Pro 4K, visit whipmix.com or call Chris Frye at (513) 680-1512.



    Gro3X is a dental supply, service, and marketing company. It is to help dental labs, and especially small labs to lower their cost for supplies, provide business opportunities, and generate growth. They carry amazing zirconia burs and their “rainbow burs” for PMMA and TriLor are top-notch. They also carry zirconia from Aidite, a wide range of Harvest Dental products, and different 3D print resins.

    What’s really cool about Gro3X is, that you can join their Gro3X Family program for only 99 cents. This will then give you an additional 10% discount on all of their supplies and even their CAD/CAM design and fabrication services.

    Get a 3-months trial membership with Gro3X Family now for only $0.99 and receive 3 Shade Peg Shots - free of charge.

    Just go to www.gro3x.com and add Gro3X Family to your cart, then add 3- Shade Peg Shots of 3cc each to your cart and go to check out, enter discount code VFTB for Voices From The Bench and check out.



    Have you seen the high prices of precious metal these days? They are close to record highs on gold and palladium. With those high precious metal prices, you are paying a high cost for your alloys. We know that you are using less Precious metal in your lab these days, but if you send in half of what you sent in 5 years ago ,your scrap return will be higher than it was 5 years ago ,because of the high PM prices . You owe it to yourself to find a trusted, reputable refining company.

    Look no further! Kulzer refining has been tested, trusted and reputable for over 100 years. They burn, melt and assay all under one roof at their state-of-the-art refining facility in Wartburg Tennessee. They have doubled their production capacity to ensure your scrap return within 2 weeks.

    With all the non-precious material that has become present in today’s restorations it is important that we ensure the assay sample is homogenous. At Kulzer, they take the extra step to X-ray the top and bottom after they melt the bar to make sure the precious metal percentages--- are the same. If not, copper is added until they are positive the bar is homogeneous. We know this step is very important to get a precise assay result.

    Their reimbursement to the customer is after our 10% refining fee. They have zero additional fees. If you need any free shipping containers, which contain a UPS prepaid, full insured label, please visit mydental360.com/refining or call the Director of Precious Metal Refining, Tony Circelli, directly at (914) 906-1843.Special Guest: Justin Gerard.

    • 56 min
    Easy Peasy with EasyRX: Todd Blankenbecler & Andy Stark

    Easy Peasy with EasyRX: Todd Blankenbecler & Andy Stark

    When has anyone ever said life in a dental lab is easy? It's not. There are many struggles and challenges every day. Todd Blankenbecler and Andy Stark from EasyRX have a solution for a few of the issues. Easy Rx is a software that can run production in the lab, but it also has a clinician aspect that allows the two to communicate efficiently. Oh, did we mention that it can also prep your digital scans for model printing? They talk about how two different software companies combined, how they deal with the different business models, and what makes EasyRx stand out over the other production software.


    Denture Babes website


    The first 500 orders placed between November 1st and November 14th will all get a FREE LIMITED EDITION Metallic Voices From the Bench sticker!

    Swiss School of Prosthetics 2022 course dates!


    Gro3X is a dental supply, service, and marketing company. It is to help dental labs, and especially small labs to lower their cost for supplies, provide business opportunities, and generate growth. They carry amazing zirconia burs and their “rainbow burs” for PMMA and TriLor are top-notch. They also carry zirconia from Aidite, a wide range of Harvest Dental products, and different 3D print resins.

    What’s really cool about Gro3X is, that you can join their Gro3X Family program for only 99 cents. This will then give you an additional 10% discount on all of their supplies and even their CAD/CAM design and fabrication services.

    Get a 3-months trial membership with Gro3X Family now for only $0.99 and receive 3 Shade Peg Shots - free of charge.

    Just go to www.gro3x.com and add Gro3X Family to your cart, then add 3- Shade Peg Shots of 3cc each to your cart and go to check out, enter discount code VFTB for Voices From The Bench and check out.



    There are 3D Print resins for models that do a decent job, then there is Whip Mix VeriModel OS.

    Dr. Michael Scherer, a prosthodontist from Sonora, CA says “Whip Mix VeriModel OS is one of the finest model resins I have ever worked with. It’s amazing”.

    The popular resins offer the dental laboratory a high quality, smooth surface finish, extreme precision, reliable accuracy, and fine detail. They can be used in 385 and 405 nanometer printers, and are compatible with silicone-base separators. VeriModel OS print resins are available in Ivory, Golden Brown, Grey, and White colors for any model application.

    For more information, call (800) 626-5651, or visit www.whipmix.com.



    Have you seen the high prices of precious metal these days? They are close to record highs on gold and palladium. With those high precious metal prices, you are paying a high cost for your alloys. We know that you are using less Precious metal in your lab these days, but if you send in half of what you sent in 5 years ago ,your scrap return will be higher than it was 5 years ago ,because of the high PM prices . You owe it to yourself to find a trusted, reputable refining company.

    Look no further! Kulzer refining has been tested, trusted and reputable for over 100 years. They burn, melt and assay all under one roof at their state-of-the-art refining facility in Wartburg Tennessee. They have doubled their production capacity to ensure your scrap return within 2 weeks.

    With all the non-precious material that has become present in today’s restorations it is important that we ensure the assay sample is homogenous. At Kulzer, they take the extra step to X-ray the top and bottom after they melt the bar to make sure the precious metal percentages--- are the same. If not, copper is added until they are positive the bar is homogeneous. We know this step is very important to get a precise assay result.

    Their reimbursement to the customer is after our 10% refining fee. They have zero additional fees. If you need any free shipping containers, which contain a UPS prepaid, full insured label, please visit mydental360.com/refining or call the Director of Precious Metal Refining, Tony Circelli, directly

    • 58 min
    Babes In Dentureland with Jenelle Tabaković & MacKenzie Mayer

    Babes In Dentureland with Jenelle Tabaković & MacKenzie Mayer

    We love to talk to people that are so passionate about dental labs that they take their unique weirdness and turn it into a business that gives other technicians exactly what they want. Jenelle Tabaković and MacKenzie Mayer are both removable technicians with different career paths. But they didn’t like the options of clothing for dental technicians. After a lot of planning and hard work they have now created a huge following of technicians that share their passion, weirdness, and toothcreepness. They come on the podcast to talk about getting into the industry, meeting each other on Instagram, and building a business they both do out of love for their profession. Plus plenty of fart jokes. It’s a lot of fun that no one should miss.


    Denture Babes website


    The first 500 orders placed between November 1st and November 14th will all get a FREE LIMITED EDITION Metallic Voices From the Bench sticker!



    Whip Mix offers you the ultimate in ease, material flexibility and unattended production with the Roland DGA DWX-52DCi milling machine. The popular mill’s automatic disc changer expands your lab production and profit, using a 6-slot Automatic Disc Changer, 15-station Automatic Tool Changer and several other automated features.

    The DWX-52DCi dental milling machine now comes with performance visualization software and other intelligent updates. The 5-axis mill even knows which tool to automatically swap out when tools have reached their designated lifespan. Just power it on, let it go, and automatically and accurately mill numerous dental restoration jobs with complete unattended confidence.

    If you’re interested in learning more about the Roland DGA DWX-52DCi, visit whipmix.com or call 800-626-5651.



    Gro3X is a dental supply, service and marketing company that was founded by Norbert Ulmer and their goal is to help dental labs, and especially small labs to lower their cost for supplies, provide business opportunities, and generate growth.

    Attend their upcoming Gro3X Gem Talks on November 5th in Charlotte, NC. Gro3X Gem Talks is an all day marketing symposium in Ted-Talk style featuring some 10+ lab speakers as they share their most relevant and practical marketing techniques.

    We will hear from Sasha der Avanessian from Harvest Dental, Anne Kelzer from AMK Dental Lab, Frankie Acosta from AA Dental Design and Ricki Braswell from Beyond Coaching and former Co-Executive Director of the NADL. All of them will talk about real marketing as it is done in their own labs and businesses every day.

    Register now at gro3x.com to take advantage of their early bird special of only $95.

    Enter discount code VFTB for Voices from The Bench and receive an extra 10% discount, just because you listen to this Podcast.



    Have you seen the high prices of precious metal these days? They are close to record highs on gold and palladium. With those high precious metal prices, you are paying a high cost for your alloys. We know that you are using less Precious metal in your lab these days, but if you send in half of what you sent in 5 years ago ,your scrap return will be higher than it was 5 years ago ,because of the high PM prices . You owe it to yourself to find a trusted, reputable refining company.

    Look no further! Kulzer refining has been tested, trusted and reputable for over 100 years. They burn, melt and assay all under one roof at their state-of-the-art refining facility in Wartburg Tennessee. They have doubled their production capacity to ensure your scrap return within 2 weeks.

    With all the non-precious material that has become present in today’s restorations it is important that we ensure the assay sample is homogenous. At Kulzer, they take the extra step to X-ray the top and bottom after they melt the bar to make sure the precious metal percentages--- are the same. If not, copper is added until they are positive the bar is homogeneous. We know this step is very important to get a precise assay result.

    Their reimbursement to t

    • 1 hr 8 min
    Behind Every Great Dentist is an Amazing Lab: John & Jed Archibald

    Behind Every Great Dentist is an Amazing Lab: John & Jed Archibald

    They say behind every famous person is the true group that makes them famous. John Archibald has been the in-office dental technician to the famous Dr. Gordon Christensen. This gave John a chance to be on the forefront of a lot of new products and procedures. Seeing an opportunity to teach the lab industry, he started the country's only full time apprenticeship school. Raising his son Jed Archibald in the school, Jed was soon teaching in the school and continuing the name in the industry as a leader with the development to the digital workflow.


    Clinicians Report


    Gro3X is a dental supply, service and marketing company that was founded by Norbert Ulmer and their goal is to help dental labs, and especially small labs to lower their cost for supplies, provide business opportunities, and generate growth.

    Attend their upcoming Gro3X Gem Talks on November 5th in Charlotte, NC. Gro3X Gem Talks is an all day marketing symposium in Ted-Talk style featuring some 10+ lab speakers as they share their most relevant and practical marketing techniques.

    We will hear from Sasha der Avanessian from Harvest Dental, Anne Kelzer from AMK Dental Lab, Frankie Acosta from AA Dental Design and Ricki Braswell from Beyond Coaching and former Co-Executive Director of the NADL. All of them will talk about real marketing as it is done in their own labs and businesses every day.

    Register now at gro3x.com to take advantage of their early bird special of only $95.

    Enter discount code VFTB for Voices from The Bench and receive an extra 10% discount, just because you listen to this Podcast.



    Whip Mix offers you the ultimate in ease, material flexibility and unattended production with the Roland DGA DWX-52DCi milling machine. The popular mill’s automatic disc changer expands your lab production and profit, using a 6-slot Automatic Disc Changer, 15-station Automatic Tool Changer and several other automated features.

    The DWX-52DCi dental milling machine now comes with performance visualization software and other intelligent updates. The 5-axis mill even knows which tool to automatically swap out when tools have reached their designated lifespan. Just power it on, let it go, and automatically and accurately mill numerous dental restoration jobs with complete unattended confidence.

    If you’re interested in learning more about the Roland DGA DWX-52DCi, visit whipmix.com or call 800-626-5651.



    Have you seen the high prices of precious metal these days? They are close to record highs on gold and palladium. With those high precious metal prices, you are paying a high cost for your alloys. We know that you are using less Precious metal in your lab these days, but if you send in half of what you sent in 5 years ago ,your scrap return will be higher than it was 5 years ago ,because of the high PM prices . You owe it to yourself to find a trusted, reputable refining company.

    Look no further! Kulzer refining has been tested, trusted and reputable for over 100 years. They burn, melt and assay all under one roof at their state-of-the-art refining facility in Wartburg Tennessee. They have doubled their production capacity to ensure your scrap return within 2 weeks.

    With all the non-precious material that has become present in today’s restorations it is important that we ensure the assay sample is homogenous. At Kulzer, they take the extra step to X-ray the top and bottom after they melt the bar to make sure the precious metal percentages--- are the same. If not, copper is added until they are positive the bar is homogeneous. We know this step is very important to get a precise assay result.

    Their reimbursement to the customer is after our 10% refining fee. They have zero additional fees. If you need any free shipping containers, which contain a UPS prepaid, full insured label, please visit mydental360.com/refining or call the Director of Precious Metal Refining, Tony Circelli, directly at (914) 906-1843.Special Guests: Jed Archibald and John Archibald.

    • 1 hr 5 min

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Love, love, LOVE this podcast!

I absolutely love this podcast. It is so unique and perfect for our little industry. I love that they cover a broad range of topics. It is both educational and entertaining with their light hearted approach to such a deep topic; the dental lab industry. This is a great podcast for ANYONE in dentistry.

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I love what Elvis and Barb are doing for our industry! It’s crazy to listen to these PodCasts and realize that “I know that guy or girl”, the episode with the Texas Identical twins for example. I got a chance to talk with them again at Chicago I had met them 20 plus years before when working in Texas. I got to meet and sit down with Elvis as well as meet Barb at the IDT Digital Denture Roundtable.
Granted I’ve been doing this a long time but even thought it’s a big country we are still a tight knit family. I had a “dental” encounter just yesterday, sale guy was in the lab and he said I looked familiar, turns out it’s been about 8 years but we knew of each other when both working for other companies.

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