Heroes of Rapid Product Development & Manufacturing — The Ventilator Project
Robotics entrepreneur Tyler Mantel paused work on his own startup to address the COVID-19 crisis. He founded The Ventilator Project to provide a solution for the growing ventilator shortage across the world. With a team of over 250 volunteers, he developed AIRA, an easily scalable ventilator that uses materials sourced from outside the biomedical supply chain. It falls under the EUA designation, and plans are to immediately mobilize sourcing and manufacturing partners to begin production once approved. To keep costs down, the team integrated supply chain and manufacturability into every level of the design process, thus reducing dependency on medical supply lines.
Come hear how:
- The Ventilator Project assembled a team of volunteers, including experts from The White House, Cornell University, Google, and even the San Francisco 49ers
- The team iterated its 4th prototype in just 2 weeks
- Volunteers worked with industrial designers to design a sleek new exterior while optimizing airflow to ensure the lifetime quality of each unit
- The project is making its way through the regulatory process