Design Brief

A system was required that could securely mount a tooth sample or restorative material for experimental processing. This would include mechanical reduction and or heat applications to the sample. The mounting system needs to incorporate a integral temperature measuring sensor.

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Component Design

The final design incorporated two parts, the major sample slide which was inserted in to its receptacle and a small rear plug that secured the thermocouple and also gave direct access to the rear of the mounted sample.

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Version 2.0

Version 2.0 was designed to test dental materials and a slot was provided for the thermocouple wire to exit on the top surface.

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Interchangability

All versions of the sample slide design will fit within the standardised mounting plate on each experimental station. The cross section in both the X and Z dimension is unchanged.

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Initial Concept

The initial design provided sufficient thickness to accommodate a sectioned tooth sample with a rear module which allowed insertion of a thermocouple. To aid retention of the sample material notches were incorporated to engage adhesive material.

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Version 1.0

Version 1.0 was intended for the mounting of human tooth samples that had been sectioned together with rear access for the thermocouple.

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Version 3.0

Version 3.0 incorporates access slots to allow lateral cutting of the sample material.

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Mounting Points

The mounting point can be integrated into various experimental stations, be it tooth reduction, heat measuring stations both with and without integral 'dry' waterbath mountings.

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