Revolutionize Dentistry by Developing a Robotic Assistive Device
Engineering, IT, Mathematics and Statistics, Medical, Biological and other Sciences
- This internship is able to cover project costs for domestic students only.
- The Industry Partner has implemented appropriate preparations to comply with Federal and State Government requirements regarding COVID-19 safety. Due to remote arrangements, this internship is now accepting applications from eligible PhD students nationwide.
- This research internship is partly funded in partnership with IMCRC
ABOUT THE INDUSTRY PARTNER
Dentroid® is a Canberra based Start-up founded in 2017 that aims to revolutionize dentistry by developing a robotic assistant device. The small device is attachable directly to teeth and driven by the dentist to effect ultra-precise, rapid and pain-free treatment without using numbing needles. The technology allows treatment under COVID-19 distancing protocols. When paired to 3D printers or milling machines, the final cosmetic restoration can be produced in the same session.
Dentroid® will empower dentists to deliver ultra-precise and needle-free dental treatment with unprecedented convenience and speed. The technology also offers the prospect of mobile, computer guided and remote dentistry.
The dentist will be able to perform the entire treatment, from diagnosis to the final cosmetic and mercury free filling, in one session mostly. Above all, the dentist will deliver the bulk of treatment without inserting their hands and instruments into the patient’s mouth.
WHAT’S IN IT FOR YOU?
- Opportunity to work with the Co-Founder/CEO
- Ability to learn from engineering professionals around “cutting edge” robotic technology
- Improve engineering, project design and teamwork skills in an innovation company
RESEARCH TO BE CONDUCTED
The project aims to further develop and miniaturise the existing proof of concept prototype (currently at 3x the anticipated size below) into an advanced working version for the Dentroid Device which has 3 modules:
- Intra-oral module: A small device (2 cm in X dimension, 2 cm in Y dimension and a maximum of 2 cm in Z vertical dimension). This will house micro motors (steppers, servo or else) to move a cutting tip in 3 dimensions (more degrees of freedom will be required later). Other components are sensors and micro cameras. The cutting tip will use lasers.
- Cables and delivery system: This is the connection between the intra-oral module and the extra oral unit. It will host fiberoptic cables, power, etc.
- The extra-oral module: This will consist of the digital input means (a joystick), processors, laser resonator and so forth.
The intra-oral module will be attached to teeth by means of clamps. Once in place, the dentist will use the cameras (and built in analytics) to reach a diagnosis then will operate the assembly using the joystick to induce laser ablation. The geometric data can be shared with an external 3D printer or milling machine to build the restoration.
SKILLS WISH LIST
If you’re a PhD student and meet some or all the below we want to hear from you. We strongly encourage women, indigenous and disadvantaged candidates to apply:
Dentroid requires the help of two hands-on researchers to assist in developing the next prototype. Mainly they are after:
- Micro-electronics or micro -mechatronics engineering/industrial design skills: The ability to identify, design (industrial), procure, assemble, and test micro motors, micro cameras, PCB, and their external controllers. Experience in biomedical applications is a plus.
- Laser ablation of dental hard tissues: Understanding of the principles of laser use (mid-high infra-red) in ablating enamel and dentin. The researcher should be able to research, test and assess ablation characteristics and parameters.
- Engineering / Industrial Design: Further develop and miniaturise the intra-oral module of the Dentroid device. The key components to consider are micro motors and electronics. While miniaturisation takes precedence, it is desired to also identify components that are bio and regulatory compatible
- Dentistry/Medicine: Design and perform laser ablation tests on dental hard tissue (enamel and dentin), with aim of identifying optimal laser parameters and characteristics.
The intern will receive $3,000 per month of the internship, usually in the form of stipend payments.
It is expected that the intern will primarily undertake this research project during regular business hours and maintain contact with their academic mentor throughout the internship either through face-to-face or phone meetings as appropriate.
The intern and their academic mentor will have the opportunity to negotiate the project’s scope, milestones and timeline during the project planning stage.
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