The Arthur articulator
The Arthur articulator replicates the movements recorded analogically without use of CAD. It is used for final finishing and trial before insertion in the oral cavity.
Initially, years ago, Beppe Rampulla had a single desire and a precise goal: to replicate the real movement of the patient’s mouth, and hence their jaw, something that could not then be done in any way.
The starting point was the use of video cameras to record the patient’s mouth movements, movements that were subsequently replicated only on the dynamic articulator. This fundamental starting point enabled him – and still enables him – to use the system only analogically.
Only later, after almost three years, did CAD technologies implement the function of a virtual articulator able to move the jaw, and ITAKA was ready to record movements that could be transferred from the patient’s reading to the digital platform.
In practice, we can insert the patient’s head with all its habitual movements in the computer with the possibility to move it in any way but above all to see it from within, something that is not logically possible in reality.
Having already traced the movements with analogical exit designed for our ARTHUR robot, we only had to take those tracks and import them into CAD system. We thus became the first to use the patient’s real movements within CAD systems able to allow the use of such movements.