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BCD resident’s wire chess set wins competition

Chess Set

Not many people would think to use orthodontic wire to create a chess set, but Dr. Aaron Swapp did and it proved successful as he took home top honors in the Hu-Friedy Wire Bending Contest.

Swapp, a resident in orthodontics at Texas A&M Health Science Center Baylor College of Dentistry, won first place and received $3,000 in orthodontic products for his multiple-wire chess set. The winners of the competition were announced during the American Association of Orthodontists’ annual convention in July.

Aaron Swapp

To make the complete set, Swapp used about 300 feet of orthodontic wire and even used heat to create a second color. Although he couldn’t calculate exactly how much time he spent working on the project, he said more time was spent just thinking about how to make all the pieces and create dual colors than in actually putting it all together. 

Swapp said he entered the contest because he likes working with his hands and building things.

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