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UC San Diego Engineers and Doctors Team Up to Retrofit and Build Ventilators with 3D-Printing

UC San Diego Engineers and Doctors Team Up to Retrofit and Build Ventilators with 3D-Printing

Written by David

March 27, 2020

A team of engineering students and faculty at Jacobs School of Engineering at UC San Diego have developed a device to convert a manual ventilator into an automatic ventilator.

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This system uses 3D-printed parts to compress the bag to push air into a patient’s lungs. Even as university campuses close across the nation in an effort to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus, a team of engineers and physicians at the University of California San Diego is rapidly developing simple, ready-to-use ventilators to be deployed if the need arises.

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The project kick-started several weeks ago when news started to trickle in that communities in Northern Italy with widespread COVID-19 were in dire straits.

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“One of the biggest things we heard was that there weren’t enough ventilators to treat all of the patients […]

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