Jul 2, 2021
Open hardware projects and campaigns against COVID-19 have been on our company radar since the start of the pandemic. As I know for many engineers and designers are looking to contribute an effort against the COVID-19.
As of July 2021, there have been more than 25,000+ daily cases in Indonesia, which surpassed the United States. As an initiative to combat the spread of this virus, I have listed open hardware projects to help fight the pandemic.
I will continue to research and update this list over the months ahead. So, please check back regularly to discover more projects.
DISCLAIMER! Some of these projects are in use by medical professionals, but others are experimental. If you plan to try designing your open hardware project to fight COVID-19, consult with healthcare professionals so you can provide medically appropriate solutions.
People wear face shields in addition to the masks, or as an alternative to masks. Combined with masks and good hygiene practices, both effectively block particle transmissions up to 95%.
Loma Linda University Health says, “Face shields are beneficial if someone cannot wear a mask. If someone coughs 18 inches from you while wearing a face shield, the immediate viral exposure is reduced by 96%. If the person remains coughing and talking with you for 30 minutes, then the face shield blocks 68% of the small air particles.”
Most face shields do not feature moving parts. That means that they are relatively easy to make with a 3D printer. Here are some notable face shield projects:
Unlike Face Shields, Face Masks production requires extensive testing using specialized equipment to filter pathogens and microbes effectively.
NPR explains, “Both the masks made for medical personnel and consumer purchase require a once-obscure material called melt-blown fabric. It’s an extremely fine mesh of synthetic polymer fibers that forms the critical inner filtration layer of a mask, allowing the wearer to breathe while reducing the inflow of possible infectious particles.”
Fortunately researchers and engineers from universities have found solutions.
COVID-19 is known deadly for its hypoxia and happy hypoxia. When a patient cannot breathe on their own, they may be placed on a ventilator to breathe for them. As with masks and shields, the demand for ventilators during the pandemic has outpaced supply.
Because Ventilators is a complex piece of equipment and critical to keep people alive, making sure it works flawlessly without interruption must be a top priority. I recommend learning how these complex machines work and consult with medical professionals prior to attempting to build a ventilator.
You can check Ventilators 101: What They Do And How They Work by Hackaday to learn more about how Ventilators work.
Below are instructions for building a positive pressure PPE suit, courtesy of Civilpedia. I am not positive how reliable this design is, but we need all hands on deck to combat this pandemic.
Do you know of any high-quality open hardware projects to fight COVID-19 that are not listed here? Please contact me so I can review them for possible addition to this list.
Good luck with your endeavors in the future, and stay safe.
- End of Transmission