Revolutionary 1st in the world Non-Ligating Bracket System

Revolutionary 1st in the world - Non Ligating bracket system

Project Development with SIMTech

The idea of a non-ligating bracket system first started in 2010 when Innobrace  Orthodontics wanted to create a novel approach that uses a unique flexible engagement system to hold the arch wire in place unlike any commercially available bracket system, This novel design is specially  designed to save time for orthodontists, yield better treatment efficiency and comfort for the patients.

In 2010, Dr. Atsushi Danno, a PE-COI (Precision Engineering Centre of Innovation) Senior Consultant of Singapore Institute of Manufacturing Technology (SIMTech) - a research institute of the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR) - introduced a special titanium alloy to Innobrace for the flexible engagement system of the bracket. The special titanium alloy with low elastic modulus and good mechanical properties were found suitable for the flexing concept in the novel non-ligating bracket design. This started the feasibility study to assess the forming process of the special titanium alloy non-ligating brackets.

With the support of A*STAR's "Get-Up Program", three SIMTech staff were attached to Innobrace full-time to assist the company to work on developing this new innovative non-ligating bracket system. After the successful completion of the Phase 1 project, the innovation and commercialisation value was recognised by SPRING Singapore and the Capability Development Grant (CDG) was awarded to Innobrace Orthodontics Pte Ltd in 2011 to continue the collaboration with SIMTech to pursue the commercialisation of the NLB system.

SIMTech provided technical know-how and consultation to Innobrace through simulation, design and process development. With the simulation data, Innobrace as able to modify and improve further on the design of the NLB system. The final design of the NLB was finalised in 2012 and SIMTech continues to assist Innobrace in establishing manufacturing processes and transferring technical know-how for commercialisation.

Our commitment to pursue product excellence and innovation depends on feedback from the industry. We are grateful to all the doctors who have given us their valuable input and would like to thank all individuals and the SIMTech team who have contributed to this project and made this journey possible.

Special thanks and credits to the SIMTech Project Team:

Name:  Dr. Atsushi Danno

Designation: PE/COI Senior Consultant

Dept/Centre: Precision Engineering Centre of Innovation 

Dr. Danno joined SIMTech as a PE-COI Senior Consultant for metal forming technology such as spin-forming, combined sheet and bulk forming. Prior to his appointment in SIMTech, Dr. Danno worked at Toyota Central R&D Labs. Inc. (Japan) from 1964 to 2002 and was the director and board member of TCRDL from 1995 to 2001. Under his leadership, the R&D team researched on new bulk metal forming technology for automotive components. To date, he has more than 50 papers publication and 25 patents.

Name:  Mr. Steven Tong

Designation: Group Manager

Dept/Centre: Forming Technology Group

Mr. Steven Tong has led the group through completion of numerous projects. He joined SIMTech in 1993 and has established research direction in hybrid metal forming processing techniques such as liquid forging, rotary forming, micro-forming and combined stamping forging process.

Name:  Dr. Chua Beng Wah

Designation: Metal and Ceramic Team Leader

Dept/Centre: Forming Technology Group

Dr. Chua is also the principal investigator for the commercialisation effort of liquid forging technology. He obtained his PhD in Mechanical Engineering (Materials Division) from National University of Singapore in 2006. For his PhD, he worked in the area of powder process of nanostructure non-ferrous materials such as magnesium alloys to study the deformation mechanism at the nano-grain regime.

Name:  Dr. Alex Thoe Teck Beng

Designation: Senior Industry Development Manager

Dept/Centre: Industry Development Office

Dr. Alex Thoe joined SIMTech in 1997 and actively collaborates with the local PE industry with projects from the various technological fields. He also helps SMEs strategise and transform their businesses for high productivity and sustainability.

Name:  Mr. Yap Wai Teng

Designation: Research Engineer

Dept/Centre: Forming Technology Group

Mr. Yap Wai Teng is a research engineer in the metal and ceramic team in SIMTech. He graduated from Nanyang Technological University with a Bachelor in Aerospace Engineering in 2009. His main competencies are product and process design in the field of metal forming technologies, finite element analysis and mechanical testing.

Name:  Ms. Seet Wei Leu

Designation: Research Engineer

Dept/Centre: Forming Technology Group

Ms. Seet Wei Leu is a research engineer in the metal and ceramic team in SIMTech. She graduated from Nanyang Technological University with a Bachelor in Chemistry and Biological Chemistry in 2010. After graduation, she joined SIMTech and as established research direction in powder metallurgy processes, failure analysis and material microstructure and mechanical characterisation.

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