It's been 2 years to the day since Daniel Omar fed himself using a 3D printed prosthetic. A lot has changed, and a lot has stayed the same.
In 2011, 14-year-old Daniel Omar had both his arms torn from his body by a bomb dropped by Sudanese forces on civilians in the Nuba Mountains.
On November 11, 2013, Not Impossible's "Project Daniel" fitted a 3D-printed arm on Daniel that enabled him to feed himself for the first time in 2 years. This was the video we posted in January, just two months after that moment:
Of course, the world works in mysterious ways, and the situational elements prevented the people, the product and the printers from continuous use. The motors wore, were replaced; civil war broke out in South Sudan which led to the fleeing of thousands and the deaths of more; and the hospital itself where the printers were housed and where Dr. Tom Catena continues his life-saving work, was bombed for the first time.
The story, though, continued to populate the media, leading some in far off places to download the files and print limbs for others. And other groups, like ddesigner and pioneer Richard Van As of Robohand, the brilliant e-Nable, like the super-smart Open Bionics, and like the kind and generous people at Limbitless Solutions, also continued to pave the movement around 3D printed bionics and mechanical prosthetics as affordable and accessible solutions for those in need.
The world has changed, and we thank all of those working with technology for the sake of humanity who are changing the game on a daily basis, and truly delivering real and immediate impact to those with real needs.
It's only been 2 years, and so much has advanced, unfortunately, so much also has stayed the same, so let's each focus on helping one person. We're full believers that by helping one, we end up helping many.