Members of the additive manufacturing community are mobilizing to provide 3D printers and medical and protective equipment to help defend Ukraine.
3D printing software developer 3YOURMIND is working with Polish 3D printing service provider Sygnis and start-up TeenCrunch to support the ‘Tech Against Tanks’ initiative in response to the ongoing Russian military invasion of the country .
The project assists in the production and distribution of 3D printed medical, tactical and protective equipment from 3D printing centers and manufacturers across Poland, Germany and Ukraine, with Sygnis having already supplied more than a dozen 3D printing machines and equipment on the ground in the Ukrainian city of Lviv.
Tech against tanks
The initiative started when TeenCrunch members started receiving messages from NGOs in Ukraine and other institutions reporting missing equipment. 3YOURMIND, Sygnis and TeenCrunch have come together to form “Tech Against Tanks”, a database platform to facilitate the production and distribution of 3D printed supplies in the country.
The goal of the project is to produce high-end parts in Poland and then distribute them to various locations in Ukraine.
Building on the experience gained during the Covid-19 pandemic, 3YOURMIND quickly set up a platform to distribute 3D printing of parts across Poland, Germany and Ukraine to professional production centers. The company is responsible for building digital inventory and distributing parts across the maker community and various additive manufacturing centers.
Sygnis, meanwhile, is responsible for qualifying 3D printed parts, sourcing production equipment, and preparing production instructions in Polish, Ukrainian, and English. Selected logistics companies are then tasked with transporting the 3D printed supplies to Ukraine in coordination with the Polish military.
According to the partners, 3D printers in the field in Ukraine are ready to produce battlefield parts for military, police and civilian use. Those who have portions of 3D files that could be useful in aiding Ukraine’s military and humanitarian efforts are encouraged to submit their files to 3YOURMIND’s Stand With Ukraine platform.
Sygnis will then qualify, validate and publish the parts in order to make them available to the international maker community or specialized production centers. The Stand With Ukraine platform can be accessed here.
Delivery of 3D printers to Lviv
As part of its role in the “Tech Against Tanks” initiative, Sygnis supports the Ukrainian 3D printing community by providing machines and various 3D printing materials to members of the additive manufacturing community in the country, who are making a series of projects for Ukraine. military.
In particular, Lviv-based 3D Tech ADDtive asked the company for help, prompting Sygnis to send the company a bus full of 20 3D printers and over 380 kg of hardware for free. 3D printing. After arriving safely in Lviv, the 3D printers and filaments were immediately distributed to local manufacturers.
The donation bolstered 3D Tech ADDtive’s available machine base, which is used to 3D print items such as CAT tourniquets, street periscopes and other exclusive designs for the Ukrainian military.
Sygnis itself also works to complete in-demand projects across Poland’s eastern border, and after consultation with the Territorial Defense Forces, doctors and humanitarian aid specialists, its machine park produces designs that will be provided to Ukraine to assist the country’s efforts. To that end, the company has created an online repository of 3D models that can be downloaded for free for makers to get involved in the project.
Sygnis’ initiative is part of the larger “Tech Against Tanks” campaign, and the company has issued an open call for designers, 3D printers, and anyone else with ideas on how to help the effort to Ukrainian defence.
3D printing community mobilizes around Ukraine
Since Russian forces began their full-scale invasion of Ukraine on February 24, 2022, the Western world has increasingly stepped up pressure on Russia with sanctions aimed at crippling its economy, while supporting Ukraine. with military equipment.
Many of the world’s largest 3D printing companies have followed suit by refusing to deal with Russian firms. Companies like EOS, 3D Systems and HP have ruled out sales to Russian companies, while Zortrax broke off share talks with a Russian buyer. Many companies, including us here at 3D Printing Industry, have also come together to show their support for the security and foreign policy of the German Federal Government, the European Union and NATO regarding the measures imposed on the Russia so far.
Open-source medical device developer Glia, meanwhile, has appealed to bring its tourniquets, originally used in Palestine, to Ukraine to help tackle the country’s humanitarian crisis. Bandage design files have been made free for doctors in the field to download via GitHub, and the company has also launched a fundraiser with the goal of getting $25,000 to manufacture and ship its tourniquets to those who need it. need.
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Featured image shows Sygnis has so far delivered 20 3D printers and 380 kg of materials to 3D Tech ADDtive in Lviv. Photo via Sygnis.