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.
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.
Version 2.0 was designed to test dental materials and a slot was provided for the thermocouple wire to exit on the top surface.
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.
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.
Version 1.0 was intended for the mounting of human tooth samples that had been sectioned together with rear access for the thermocouple.
Version 3.0 incorporates access slots to allow lateral cutting of the sample material.
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.