How will 3D technology help address the Coronation? A good example of what can happen when some, technically-oriented people work together is the open work that well-known entrepreneurs started. It is a standard design of a mechanical ventilator, made of pieces, printed on 3D printer, using readily available and inexpensive materials. The original was designed and manufactured in just seven days, after the project was presented at Facebook and attracted the participation of some 300 engineers, professionals in the field of medicine and researchers.
The original will now go through the approval process Irish Health Services Executive (HSE), Ireland's official health provider. First, the HSE will only validate the original for use in Ireland. However, the project aims to reach the countries in need or in low-income countries.
The equipment on USA it may also face shortcomings as it spreads coronavirus in the country. On Wednesday, the White House approved a law that gives the president rights to redirect materials and the ability of private companies to build the necessary supplies and equipment in times of crisis.
During the update which had an issue with his current status COVID-19, US Vice President Mike Pence said there are only 10.000 mechanical respirators in the country's strategic stockpile. With that number, though it does not include hospital stocks, the country likely will not be able to meet its overall needs for much longer.
This work could therefore help to address the deficit, along with automakers such as GM, Ford and Tesla, which will also produce respiratory support equipment if the country's needs are increased.
Also, the team behind the project recently changed the name of the project page to Facebook from "Open Source Ventilator Project" to "Open Source COVID19 Medical Supplies community". The team wants to get more involved in the project, with the aim of making other 3D printers lacking equipment such as masks, disinfectants and face protectors for frontline healthcare workers.