Protective sleeve for intraoral scanner

  • US 11,134,834 B2
  • Filed: 08/20/2018
  • Issued: 10/05/2021
  • Est. Priority Date: 02/27/2014
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A protective attachment of an intraoral scanner, comprising:

  • a removable housing configured to fit over a portion of the intraoral scanner and to provide an outermost surface for the portion of the intraoral scanner that protects the portion of the intraoral scanner from an external environment, wherein the removable housing comprises a first longitudinal axis that aligns with a second longitudinal axis of the intraoral scanner, wherein the removable housing defines an aperture for transmission of optical signals, wherein a vector normal to a plane defined by the aperture is at a right angle or an acute angle to the first longitudinal axis, and wherein the vector normal to the plane defined by the aperture is at a right angle or an acute angle to the second longitudinal axis when the removable housing is fit over the portion of the intraoral scanner;

    one or more supports attached to the removable housing; and

    a defogging element secured to the removable housing by the one or more supports, the defogging element comprising;

    a transparent substrate aligned with the aperture; and

    a transparent conductive layer on a surface of the transparent substrate, wherein responsive to the application of electrical power to the transparent conductive layer, the transparent conductive layer generates heat.

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