Sundays’s father, Sunday, Medical Maker Mary Dyck and Athletic Therapist Brittany Mercier.

We are constantly striving to explore the ways we can use our 3D printers for good. We do this primarily through our Enviromaker initiatives around education, innovation, and sustainability. One of those initiatives is working with our Medical Makers team to develop assistive devices for a young man in rural Nigeria who lost both his arms above the elbow in an electrical accident. Our team is made up of an impressive roster of designers, engineers, and project managers from around North America. The team consists of our very own Colin Pischke with Mary Dyck, Sai Vemula, Dean Jin, Godfrey Onwubolu, Tyler Cossetto and Chris Rivers. We could have never made it this far without the contributions of the whole team along with support from Joshua Coutts of the Victoria Hand Project, eNABLE community founder John Schull, Skip Meetze, and Medical Makers founder Julielynn Wong. Thank you so much to everyone who has made it possible to get to this stage with the project. We still have a lot to do before this project will be over, but we also have to celebrate what has been accomplished thus far.

Photo of Sunday on his custom designed motor bike attachement

This is Sunday’s story. Sunday is 19 years old. Sunday was studying to become an electrical engineer. In December 2015, Sunday wanted to bath himself and went to get water by going to a well and dropping a rope with a bucket on it. On this particular day, the bucket was already in the well and no rope was attached to it. He found a pipe long enough to reach into the well to retrieve the water bucket. When he raised it up from the well, the pipe hit the high voltage wire above him. All he remembers is a loud noise and the fire burning his clothes. He was taken to the teaching hospital in Ado State. The force of the electrical explosion broke both hands and the hospital tried to bandage his broken bones back together. Five days later, his father found him in a great deal of pain but he was not getting better. Two weeks later Sunday asked the hospital to remove the bandages only to find that his skin had decayed. His father took him to EWCA Egbe Hospital to see if something could be done to save his son. Unfortunately, the damage was too great, and his arms were amputated above the elbows. Sunday also had many skin grafts including one that covered his ankle. The skin graft reduced Sunday’s ability to bend his ankle and he was having to walk on his toe.

Gripper Thumb Terminal Device

Gripper Thumb Terminal Device

We have been working over the last year to develop a custom design to aid Sunday to perform daily tasks like brushing his teeth, putting on his clothes, and eating. We recently completed printing the phase 1 prototype at our office in Calgary which was delivered to the recipient thanks to team member, Mary Dyck. The arm consisted of a custom designed socket, forearm, and the Gripper Thumb Terminal Device designed by eNABLE community member, Skip Meetze.

Completed Phase 1 Design

The prototype presented some challenges due to damage in transit, sizing changes, and harness capabilities. During this trip, we used a Sense Scanner (1st Generation) direct into a laptop to capture both residual limbs for 360 degrees without using expensive data. Sunday saw only a glimpse of the potential we can create for him to assist in tasks of daily living and to return to university. The team will continue in Phase 2 with the goal of delivering two prosthetic arms to this young man in early July. We have learnt so much by going through the process of developing the Phase 1 prototype. We will take all of these lessons learnt to build a better, stronger, and more functional Phase 2 design.


Scanning Sunday for more accurate models to be used in Phase 2 

                     3D scans of residual limbs taken during first visit to Sunday   


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David Eric Oloruntoba

April 12, 2017

It is indeed an opportunity to be handy during the phase 1 process. I believe this project had brought much releave and hope for Sunday’s family and Sunday.

I am happy this is happening and am involve.


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