The design process is what allowed the far-flung team of technologists, healthcare professionals, MIT professors, and students to design a ventilator and commence manufacturing within 30 days.

The design challenges were immense:

  • The new ventilators needed to be manufactured quickly,
  • use a fraction of the 1,000-plus parts that typically go into such machines and
  • be able to push air into the lungs at several times the force required to resuscitate a normal lung.
  • And it had to cost much less than the $30,000, typical for a ventilator.

The effort was started by Marcel Botha, CEO of 10X Beta, and Scott Cohen, co-founder of a technology center for researchers and start-ups. Through a contact in San Francisco, Cohen was urged to contact an M.I.T. design engineer, who a decade ago organized a classroom project for the manufacture of an inexpensive, easy to use ventilator.

Almost instantly M.I.T. professionals, along with Botha, Cohen, and a variety of New York City business, healthcare, and government officials were working on updates and refinements that would be manufactured out of a former perfume factory in Long Island, City, now housing Boyce Technologies, another key player win the effort.

Just about 30 days after the effort commenced the first $3,300 Spiro Wave ventilators were being manufactured.

The consortium is now licensing the design for the Spiro Wave for free, which demonstrates the value of design in problem-solving. No one needs to rethink how to build an inexpensive ventilator quickly, because it’s been captured in the design created by the amazing team in New York.

Nature’s design can be destructive, but the human design can lead the effort toward restoration.

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Allison Rae

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