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Ukrainian Volunteers Use 3D Printers to Save Lives

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The Israeli Emergency Bandage.

Together with garment companies, makers organized the production of a 3D-printed version of the Israeli Emergency Bandages for Ukraine's self-defense forces.


During the first 16 days of the war in Ukraine, one group of more than 100 volunteers used three-dimensional (3D) printers to produce 3,019 individual parts to complete 930 products that were distributed to the Armed Forces of Ukraine, the Territorial Defense Force, and the Air Forces.

This was accomplished thanks to the network of companies, volunteers, universities, and concerned citizens established during the COVID-19 pandemic to supply personal protective equipment, with a logistics system for the 3D-printing industry established by the time full-scale war began in February.

To address a shortage of combat application tourniquets, the Ukrainian firm 3D Tech ADDtive developed, and later improved, a 3D-printable tourniquet design.

Meanwhile, the 3DPrintingforUkraine project enabled other volunteers to make computer-aided designs publicly available for 3D printing. Items being 3D-printed for the Ukrainian military include health-care products, such as the Israeli Emergency Bandage, and tactical tools like periscopes.

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