The Chewing Robot uses technology found in aircraft simulators (Photo: Drs. Kazem Alemzadeh and Daniel Raabe)
A CAD Model of the Chewing Robot (Image: Dr. Daniel Raabe)
The Chewing Robot concept and CAD model of the complex mechanism (Image: Dr. Daniel Raabe)
In news that might be a little worrying when coupled with our recent story of the flesh-eating robotic clock, UK researchers have developed a Chewing Robot. Thankfully the uses for the Chewing Robot are more benign - it has been developed to study the wear and tear on dental elements, such as fillings, crowns and bridges. By reproducing the motion and forces sustained by teeth within a human mouth, the robot has the potential to dramatically improve the process of developing and testing new dental materials.
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