The Start of the project
Beginning of March, the first signs showed a major lack in availability of ventilators.
Luuk Altenburg: “Many people said: Someone needs to do something! But when push comes to shove, if you want to change the world, you have to start with yourself."
The need for a rapid manufacturable open source ventilator - for temporary use - was defined. Before making any design, the team started with gathering information from medical experts and medical user groups. From this resource the core requirements were derived that are typically necessary and important to treat COVID-19 patients. Soon it became clear that for respiratory support an electrically actuated air pump – like an in/out type of approach, what a ventilator basically is - would not be enough.
Lucas Ottenheym: “The information shared by Bronkhorst coming from other open source projects, with the knowledge about mass flow control, really helped our team to make important design decisions.”