DPM (Digital Precious Metal) and SLM (Selective Laser Melting) are key advances in dental manufacturing technology.

We have adopted both technologies into our design and manufacturing.

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Argen Digital by Skillbond delivers a full range of genuine ARGEN precious metals alloys, precision manufactured to save time, money and effort.

Simply design the case, upload the files through the Skillbond website and the Skillbond Digital Centre will manufacture the case through a process of 3D printing and traditional techniques.

Using high quality, precision 3D printers we process the units in a resin  / wax material giving greater accuracy and stability, then precision cast with the latest vacuum casting systems allowing our Manufacturing Centre to create highly accurate, precision units.

  • Indicated for Crowns, copings and bridges up to 6 units
  • Up to 11 different precious alloys.
  • Available covering all aspects and indications.
  • From high Gold alloys to high Palladium alloys.


SLM is a form of rapid-prototyping that we now use in preference to traditional lost-wax casting.

It utilises laser technology to melt alloy powder into thin layers, which are then fused together to create homogeneous copings, bridges and substructures for porcelain-bonded-to-metal type restorations.

SLM has many advantages over casting and milling fabrication techniques.

It provides a superior microstructure, with minimal internal porosity and internal fitting, marginal adaptation, and comparable strength in its bonding to porcelain.

The mechanical and electrochemical properties of SLM structures are better than those of castings, while the clinical longevity of single-metal ceramic crowns is comparable to that obtained using Au-Pt dental alloy.