Entrepreneurs in Poland are rushing three-dimensional (3D) printers to Ukraine for the manufacture of defensive equipment like tourniquets, periscopes, and even drones for the besieged country.
The flexibility and speed of 3D printing is crucial in wartime, to ease the logistical debacle of transporting supplies; many 3D printers also are ideal for wartime production because they are small and can be deployed in basement bunkers.
The technology also enables at-scale parts production in multiple locations, and digital design sharing between multiple facilities or individual producers.
Donors include Warsaw-based 3D printing firm Sygnis, which sent printers that fabricate polymers or plastics to Lyiv.
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