Radical Self Reliance

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Radical Self Reliance

Postby gyre » Thu Aug 16, 2012 8:23 pm

It may be more than using a search engine.
Or remembering to buy enough bunny slippers for the party.

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He lost his hands building an explosive device for fishing.

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After the accident, Sun Jifa, 51, of Guanmashan, Jilin province, in northern China, desperately needed to work on his family farm.

“I survived, but I had no hands,” he explained.
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“I couldn’t afford to buy the false hand the hospital wanted me to have, so I decided to make my own,” Jifa says.

He spent eight years handcrafting prototypes before finally creating metal hands that could grip and hold.
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The devices depend on a series of wires and pulleys inside, and are controlled by movements in his elbows, he said.

“I made this from scrap metal for virtually nothing,” Jifa says.
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“There is no need to pay hospitals a fortune.”

He says he will further develop the design for other disabled people.
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“The only drawback is that steel is quite heavy,” he concedes.

“So they’re tiring to wear and get hot or cold in the extremes of summer and winter.”
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Re: Radical Self Reliance

Postby skippy3k » Thu Aug 16, 2012 9:11 pm

I keep wondering how he handcrafted them with no hands? Amazing.
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Re: Radical Self Reliance

Postby gyre » Thu Aug 16, 2012 9:12 pm

I presume there was some community participation in the work at first.
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Re: Radical Self Reliance

Postby Gunslinger » Thu Aug 16, 2012 9:22 pm

absolutely wowing. I know doctrates in Engineering that couldn't have designed / made these. This guy is a survivor and awesome.
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Re: Radical Self Reliance

Postby wraith » Fri Aug 17, 2012 3:41 pm

Gunslinger wrote:absolutely wowing. I know doctrates in Engineering that couldn't have designed / made these. This guy is a survivor and awesome.


There's a lot to be said for the difference between six months of CAD and prototyping, and having a job to do that ends in 'Fuck it, we need this done this week. Weld it up out of something stupidly over-spec so it won't break and let's do the job'.
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Re: Radical Self Reliance

Postby stinkyfoot » Fri Aug 17, 2012 4:12 pm

wraith wrote:
Gunslinger wrote:absolutely wowing. I know doctrates in Engineering that couldn't have designed / made these. This guy is a survivor and awesome.


There's a lot to be said for the difference between six months of CAD and prototyping, and having a job to do that ends in 'Fuck it, we need this done this week. Weld it up out of something stupidly over-spec so it won't break and let's do the job'.


It's was like that in school for product design, kids that were good at making pretty CAD models and sticking them in powerpoints to justify their crappy, crappy designs, got all the cred, those of us who were actually, I dunno, good at designing objects, relegated to the sidelines. While it was totally hilarious watching the overachieving CAD monkeys struggle and fail when they got the privileged of doing large scale extra juicy good cred projects,— and I got to witness a few— it would have been nice to get a chance to actually do the thing I was good at. Or even get credit for it.

If you've ever wondered why the world is filled with nothing but mass produced junk...

I love this post by the way. I am also wondering how he managed to make the first set of hands. Or why even he was fishing with explosives.
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Re: Radical Self Reliance

Postby theCryptofishist » Fri Aug 17, 2012 4:19 pm

Probably because fishing with explosives is fast and easy...
Farmers work hard wherever they are. Is it surprising that some cut corners without regard of possible maiming?
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Re: Radical Self Reliance

Postby ygmir » Fri Aug 17, 2012 10:25 pm

and, sometimes, things go wrong.........or "I didn't think that would happen" occurs.
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