Polish engineers release open source, last resort 3D printed ventilator, to solve coronavirus induced shortages
- As a response to the coronavirus pandemic, which has caused severe shortages of ventilators, Polish engineers have created and released an open source 3D printed ventilator project
- The device uses cheap and commonly accessible components. It may save the life of thousands of people in places where access to such equipment is very limited.
- The first working version of the ventilator is ready. Works on the next prototype (II) are currently ending.
- The project needs the support of the following specialists: doctors and engineers.
- Experts and volunteers can apply via http://www.ventilaid.org/. The website contains all the necessary resources, for free download.
The idea of creating a last resort ventilator originated at the headquarters of Urbicum, a 3D printing company. Ventilators are easily manufactured using 3D tech, and the necessary materials are readily available.
“The main constructor Mateusz Janowski needed only two days to conceptualise VentilAid” says Szymon Chrupczalski from Urbicum. ´´VentilAid´s main advantage over similar projects is that it does not require materials that are difficult to access. We’ve created a project of a fully functioning device at the total cost of about 50 euros for components.”
The low cost of this ventilator is a key factor. Growing demand will cause the price of the equipment to rise, which will put patients in less developed countries in a difficult position, say the people behind the project.
The full documentation of the first operational prototype of VentilAid is ready to download from the project´s website http://www.ventilaid.org. It contains all the information and instructions for printing and putting the ventilator to use.
Currently, Urbicum´s engineers are working on an updated version that would be less reliant on power sources and will use even simpler materials.
The designers of VentilAid call for help. “We direct to doctors, anesthetists, hospital technical crew having the experience with ventilators. We also ask for help engineers specialised in 3D printing and managers, that can engage in the further development of the project, says Szymon Chrupczalski. “We hope that we find people of good will from all over the world. We can save together many lives.”
Meet the Team:
Szymon Chrupczalski - Urbicum managing director. Born in Cracow in 1981. Graduated in economy and law. Entrepreneur and traveller. For 15 years he has been successfully developing economic education and entrepreneurship in Poland.
Mateusz Janowski - the author of the project and main constructor at Urbicum. Born in Krosno in 1986. Entrepreneur and designer. He’s been dismantling machines for the last 30 years, and building them for the last 12. Specialised in the construction of CNC machines, 3D printers and their implementation. He started his adventure with machine construction by designing wind farms, motorbikes and electric bicycles. All his projects stumble upon the same obstacle- building the prototypes is expensive and time-consuming. After discovering 3D printing, he started to work independently on his own solutions. Solutions turned to products, and products into orders. And that’s how Urbicum has started.