In 2012, FIRST relaxed the rules for First Technical Challenge. Aluminum extrusions of any type (including OpenBeam) is now allowed in the bill of materials for robot construction.
In 2013, an Australian Group, created a robotic arm called "The Most Powerful Arm", using OpenBeam extrusions. The arm was used to raise money and awareness of Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. The arm recreates the handwriting of Jacob Lancaster, a 19 year old from Sydney who has lost the ability to write due to DMD, to sign signatures on a petition for the Australian government to fund clinical research into DMD.
OpenBeam is proud to have played a small role in the creation of this arm. Although the campaign has ended, you can see their campaign video below and donate to their cause here.