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Ford is using stock car parts to upgrade the design of ventilators and respirators
Part of the initiative involves rethinking the design of 3M’s Powered Air-Purifying Respirators, a protective device responders use when attending to a sick patient.
“All this has inspired us to get scrappy,” says Jim Baumbick, Ford’s vice president of enterprise product line management. “How do we get creative and think about the basic design of the powered air-purifying respirator…in its ideal state and looking at the set of building materials and components that we already have?” The upgraded respirators will be produced by trained auto manufacturers in a Ford facility in Michigan.
One of the most pressing shortages facing hospitals during the Covid-19 emergency is a lack of ventilators. These machines can keep patients breathing when they no longer can on their own, and they can cost around $30,000 each.
Now, a rapidly assembled volunteer team of engineers, physicians, computer scientists, and others, centered at MIT, is working to implement a safe, inexpensive alternative for emergency use, which could be built quickly around the world.
MIT Will Post Free Open Source Plans Online Soon for an Emergency Ventilator
That Can Be Built for $100