Dental Capsule Mixer: Mixacap

by Benjamin Lowry

Mix dental capsules anywhere without a triturator
Meridian, ID United States Dental Community Emergency Medicine

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About our project

The problem we solve: Dental capsules are currently mixed in a traditional triturator, which are heavy, overbuilt for amalgam mixing, loud, large, and stationary. Traditional triturators cost hundreds of dollars.

About our solution: The Mixacap triturator easily fits onto an electric toothbrush. Dental capsules can be easily inserted and removed. The Mixacap is cordless and can be used anywhere. It can be moved from room to room or taken on a mission trip. While traditional triturators cost hundreds of dollars, the Mixacap will cost under a fraction of the cost due to it's simple and unique design.

Progress to date:Mixacap has been beta testing for the last year. I personally have been using the Mixacap in my clinic and have a handful of other clinicians using it. Dental capsule sales representatives are also successfully using it to demonstrate their products. So far, all the feedback is great. The Mixacap is mixing their capsules and it is a lot easier. It has been difficult to keep up with the demand as the Mixacap is currently being 3D printed, which is expensive and time consuming. Our next step is to have the Mixacap injection molded. We would also like to be able to fund clinical research to fully validate the mixing effectiveness.

About Our Team

Creator: Benjamin Lowry

Location: Idaho

Education: University of California San Francisco

Bio: Dr. Benjamin Lowry is an Engineer and a Dentist. He earned a doctorate of dental surgery degree from University of California San Francisco and a bachelor of science in mechanical engineering from BYU. He worked in the semiconductor industry specializing in product handling robots. Currently owns and operates large private dental practice. One of his inventions is called Mixacap, which is a dental device that mixes dental capsules.

Hospital Affiliation: Lowry Dental

Title: Dentist

Advanced Degree(s): DDS

About Our Company

Mixacap

Location: 863 Seasonal Creek Ln
Meridian, ID 83642

Founded: 2015

Website: https://mixacap.com/

Product Stage: Prototype/MVP

YTD Sales: Working on it

Employees: 1-2

How We Help Physicians

It is about time to upgrade from the old triturators.  No longer are we doing amalgams, there is no need for such a large triturator.  Reclaim some counter space and don't worry about injuries from getting too close.  It's time to rid the old triturator.  

Mixacap is easy.  It fits on an electric toothbrush.  I've been using the Oral B, which is recommended.  Most offices, if like mine, have received multiple samples of this toothbrush so now they can actually be put to use.  The dental capsules fit easily into the Mixacap and are easily removed.  The Mixacap can be used anywhere as no power plug is needed.  Take it from room to room or on your next mission trip.  The mixacap is inexpensive, so you might want one for each room.

Please support Mixacap.  I am a Dentist and an engineer.  I've designed this product and tested it.  It works, it's easy and why not give it a try.  

How We Help Partners

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Innovation Details

Intellectual Property Summary

Provisional Patent.

Clinical Information

Triturators have been used for years as the gold standard for triturating dental capsules.  The Mixacap has been tested and used clinically succesfully.  However. more clincal research is desired, specifically using microsopy to compare mixing efficancy.  

Regulatory Status

 Triturators are FDA approved and the Mixacap fits under the it's umbrella for approval.  

How we will use the funds raised

Funds will be used to finalize designs and ramp up manufacting, specifically injection molding. Funds will also be used for microsopy study in order to demonstrate mixing efficiency compared to traditional triturators.

Thank You

Some time ago in my dental office, my assitant and I had an expericence with an old triturator that prompted me to create the Mixacap.  We had an anxious child in our chair who was having a difficult time and was generating a lot stress for all around.  As my assistant went to mix the capsule, the child was scared by the loud noise of the triturator and the parent had to hold the child still.  Meanwhile the mixing was completed and my assistant tried to remove the capsule from the triturator, but it was stuck.  By the time the capsule was removed, the material was hardened and unusable.  The whole process had to be repeated.  We were able to successfully do it the second time, but similiar stories happen all the time. There had to be a better way to mix dental capsules.  I began designing various ideas and soon invested in a 3D printer.  I began testing different methods and eventually created what is known as the Mixacap.   I would love to introduce every dentist to the Mixacap.  It will make it easier for them to mix capsules and will not scare patients like the traditional triturator.   

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