APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR CUSTOMIZED SHAPING OF ORTHODONTIC ARCHWIRES AND OTHER MEDICAL DEVICES

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US Patent Application 20140076015 A1 published 20/3/2014

An apparatus and method for bending or shaping orthodontic archwires or other medical devices into a complex, patient individual shape is described. The apparatus comprises of two moveable, compact, manipulators with, in total, at least three revolute joints defining three rotation axes and at least three prismatic joints defining at least three translation axes. Gripping tools are provided on the manipulators. The two manipulators are arranged to allow a relative movement in six degrees of freedom. A reduced complexity embodiment is also described having only one or two revolute joints.

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