Dento-Munch – A Robotic Chewing System

UK Researchers have developed a robotic system that mimics human biting and chewing. The `Dento-Munch` system will be used to test dental materials for wear and tear. It is seen as a less expensive and less time-consuming alternative to clinical trials. The robot that can reproduce the full movement of the human jaw. Two platforms act as the upper and lower jaws, with the lower jaw capable of moving in 6 degrees of freedom. Just like the human jaw, it can move and rotate around each 3D axis: up and down, forwards and backwards, and left and right. The software controlling the motors and gearboxes inside `Dento-Munch` are also designed to respond to loads in a similar way to muscles and tendons.

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