CoVent-19 Calls on Engineers to Design Ventilators

GrabCAD, StrataSys, Ximedica launch design challenge to address ventilator shortage

GrabCAD, StrataSys, Ximedica launch design challenge to address ventilator shortage

The CoVent-19 Design Challenge seeks design ideas for rapidly deployable ventilators.


The news came out on April Fools' Day, but it's a serious call.

A collective of Boston-area anesthesiology residents are launching an eight-week hackathon hosted on the engineering collaboration portal GrabCAD.com to design a rapidly deployable ventilator for patients with COVID-19-related lung problems.

The CoVent-19 Challenge, as it's called, is open to teams and individuals anywhere. Finalists will work directly with Stratasys 3D printing experts and the CoVent-19 Challenge team to produce prototypes for physical testing.

Merely 24 hours after the launch, the project has received two entries as CAD assembly files.

According to the dedicated portal for the event, called INNOVATE2VENTILATE, “The deficit of ventilators in the United States alone is expected to be in the hundreds of thousands.  Our goal is to rapidly expand the capacity of hospitals, by expanding our current ventilation abilities, in order to survive the peak of this pandemic.”

Up to $10,000 in prizes are available for the challenge.

Judges include Evan Hochstein, Medical Applications Engineer at Stratasys; Diana Barragan-Bradford, Anesthesia Resident, Massachusetts General Hospital; Richard Boyer, Anesthesiology Resident, Massachusetts General Hospital; and Jarone Lee, Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine, Harvard Medical School.

To participate, go to www.coventchallenge.com

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