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Innovation in a crisis—fixing the ventilator shortage with 3D printing

A dozen Boston area anesthesiology residents launched an eight-week hackathon hosted on GrabCAD.com to design a rapidly deployable, minimum viable mechanical ventilator for patients with COVID-19-related ventilator-dependent lung injury.

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The CoVent-19 Challenge was open to teams and individuals anywhere, and finalists worked directly with Stratasys 3D printing experts and the CoVent-19 Challenge team to turn their designs into prototypes for testing.

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This is a story of innovation in the face of a crisis. Knowing that people can come together, collaborate, and innovate for others was an important learning for everybody. Everyone was working from home. A lot of designers and engineers, though, very much wanted to take action to make something to help solve the ventilator shortage for hospitals. This is a prime example of how many people gave it their all and accomplished a lot in a short amount of time, on top of their day jobs. In the […]

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