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Tech Companies Keep Fighting COVID-19

A 3D printer maker switches to medical devices while an academic group creates ventilators using Home Depot parts.

VentLife Creates a Low-Cost Ventilators Initiative

VentLife was created to research, prototype, develop, and provide low-cost, clinically effective ventilators. The non-profit has developed a novel mechanical ventilator specifically targeted to meet the needs of COVID-19 patients. With input from over a dozen medical doctors, engineers, and entrepreneurs, the device has been designed to work effectively at a low cost. One of the group’s members has created a ventilator prototype in less than one week – using parts purchased at Home Depot. (Image source: VentLife)

Rob Spiegel has covered automation and control for 19 years, 17 of them for Design News. Other topics he has covered include supply chain technology, alternative energy, and cyber security. For 10 years, he was owner and publisher of the food magazine Chile Pepper.

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