Kenowa Hills High School student using 3D printer to make tourniquets for Ukraine

KENT COUNTY, Michigan — Russia’s war in Ukraine continues with no end in sight. We now see Russians targeting and killing civilians almost a month into the conflict.

Maxwell Dinesen has no medical experience, but that doesn’t stop him from providing help. He says that if you have the right tools, you can help make a difference in this conflict too.

Maxwell’s 3D printer is in his room with all the supplies he needs.

“I wanted a 3D printer because I wanted to build things with it,” Dinesen said.

After a while, Maxwell started making random items.

“Like that Dwayne Johnson head on an octopus. It’s a ‘rocktopus’ and I just printed off a lot of random stuff. It got to the point where I wasn’t really using it. It was to the point where it was gathering dust,” Dinesen said.

He dusted it off and got to work. After seeing the gruesome images from Ukraine, Maxwell sought to make a difference.

“For example, I have the opportunity to help and there is no reason why I shouldn’t. So if I can help, why shouldn’t I help?” he said.

In 14 hours, Maxwell’s printer built three separate pieces.

The pieces fit together to form a tourniquet.

“The buckle goes in the back to tighten and you just twist it tight, pull it tight, then it just clicks there and it helps stop the blood flow.”

Maxwell is one of many in western Michigan building them.

Charles Elwood is the organizer of this effort. He says he has 37 people working with 60 printers to make more kits.

“I never thought I would use it for anything that would actually help people, but I can,” Maxwell says.

Elwood says the parts are sent to Denmark to be assembled and sent to Ukraine.

STL files to get started are also provided at this link.

Drop off locations:

Allthread Ink – main consolidation point
4876 Allen Park Drive, Allendale, MI

Holland Vision Systems – Stern Dock Door Holdall
11301 James Street, Holland, MI 49424

Accufacture – The drop box is in the lobby
2791 Research Drive, Rochester Hills, MI 48309

1734 Collegewood Street, Ypsilanti, MI 48197

Accufacture – The drop box is in the lobby
2791 Research Drive, Rochester Hills, MI 48309

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