Engineers share 3-D-printed ventilator adapter design to help during COVID-19 pandemic

Engineers share 3D-printed ventilator adapter design to help during COVID-19 pandemic
Engineers used 3D printers to create ventilator adapters to help during the coronavirus pandemic. Credit: Binghamton University, State University of New York

Engineers at Binghamton University, State University of New York have made their designs for 3-D printed ventilator adapters available to the public to help during the coronavirus pandemic.

This project was initiated because of the possible shortage of medical ventilators during the COVID-19 pandemic. Several studies have shown that a single ventilator could be used for multiple patients simultaneously to meet disaster surge. Engineers at Binghamton University designed three ventilator adapters and used 3-D printing to create them.

The adapters are made from PETG, a glycol-modified version of polyethylene terephthalate known for its chemical resistance, durability and formability.

Interested parties can download the designs for 3-D-printed ventilator adapters designs free of charge. Those with 3-D printers can sign up to make adapters, and can say if they need adapters.

To learn more, visit https://www.binghamton.edu/watson/covid-19-response/index.html.

Engineers share 3D-printed ventilator adapter design to help during COVID-19 pandemic
Engineers used 3D printers to create ventilator adapters to help during the coronavirus pandemic. Credit: Binghamton University, State University of New York

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