A 3-D printer gathering dust in his room inspired a young man to send humanitarian aid to Ukraine.

Maxwell Dinesen used to love making odd stuff with his family's new 3-D printer, like putting Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson head on an octopus (a rocktopus, get it?), but after a while the novelty wore off.

Until he had an idea.

Could the printer collecting dust in his room help the ugliness he was seeing from the war in Ukraine?

Dinesen hooked up with local organizer and business owner Charles Elwood, who has come up with a 3-D printer pattern to produce low cost tourniquets that be used to stem the blood flow of bombing victims in Ukraine.

Dinesen and 36 other area residents with 3-D printers are chipping in to produce the tourniquets and get them overseas.

Elwood says the local printers get the parts to him, and he ships them to a place in Denmark, where they are assembled and shipped to Ukraine.

Dinesen recently told FOX News that it takes about 14 hours to print the three pieces that can be pieced together for a tourniquet.

"I have the opportunity to help and there's no reason why I shouldn't. So, if I can help, why don't I help?" Dinesen told FOX 17.

"I never thought I would use this for anything that would actually help people, but I can," says Maxwell.

If you have a 3-D printer and would like to help, the STL files can be found here, and the parts drop off points are listed below:

Allthread Ink - main consolidation point
4876 Allen Park Dr., Allendale, MI

Holland Vision Systems - Tote by dock doors in rear
11301 James Street, Holland, MI 49424

Accufacture - Dropoff box is in lobby
2791 Research Drive, Rochester Hills, MI 48309

Accufacture
1734 Collegewood Street, Ypsilanti, MI 48197

Accufacture - Dropoff box is in lobby
2791 Research Drive, Rochester Hills, MI 48309

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