3D printer manufacturer based in Barcelona BCN3D produced 300 3D printed parts to create tourniquets to aid the humanitarian relief effort in Ukraine.
The tourniquets will be delivered to two hospitals in the cities of Kryvyi Rih and Dnipro to help civilians and soldiers who have been injured as a result of the ongoing Russian military invasion of the country.
3D printing tourniquets
The BCN3D project was born out of an urgent request from the Ukrainian authorities for tourniquets that could be produced quickly in order to strengthen the supply of existing medical equipment in the country.
Authorities have requested 3D-printed tourniquets due to the technology’s ability to quickly produce tourniquet parts in the desired material. Four parts that make up a tourniquet can be printed in just 48 hours using a BCN3D Epsilon W50 Series 3D printer, with the company printing a total of 300 parts.
The 3D printed parts will be delivered free of charge by BCN3D and will be included in a humanitarian aid convoy leaving Barcelona in the coming days. The project is part of a larger initiative supported by the Ukrainian consulate in Barcelona and around twenty organizations supported by Barcelona City Council.
The 3D-printed tourniquet parts will be sent to two hospitals in Kryvyi Rih and Dnipro to help injured civilians and injured military personnel as a result of the conflict.
How the 3D printing community is supporting Ukraine
The Western world has continued to step up pressure on Russia since it began its full-scale invasion of Ukraine on February 24, 2022, imposing sanctions on the country in an effort to cripple its economy. The West has also supported Ukraine with military hardware and humanitarian aid, with a number of 3D printing companies getting involved in such projects.
For example, 3YOUR SPIRIT, Sygnis and TeenCrunch launched the “Tech Against Tanks” initiative to help produce and distribute 3D printed medical, tactical and protective equipment from 3D printing centers across Germany, Poland and Ukraine to those in need.
Elsewhere, developer of open source medical devices Glia appealed for its tourniquets to enter Ukraine to help deal with the country’s humanitarian crisis, and also made the design files available to medics in the field to download via GitHub.
Meanwhile, many players in the 3D printing industry have come together to show their support for EU and NATO security and foreign policy regarding the conflict, while people like EOS, 3D systems, HPand Zortrax announced their refusal to do business with Russian companies.
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Featured image shows 3D printing tourniquet parts on the BCN3D Epsilon W50 series 3D printer. Photo via BCN3D.