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  • Across the globe,

  • companies and organizations began shifting production

  • to meet the demand for much-needed ventilators.

  • In Europe, scuba diving masks

  • became a new tool to fight COVID-19.

  • An Israeli missile company

  • now makes life-saving breathing machines.

  • And, in the United States,

  • Tesla engineers designed ventilators

  • made from spare electric car parts.

  • In late March, Elon Musk, the CEO of Tesla,

  • offered free ventilators to hospitals that needed them.

  • But, these machines, designed for sleep apnea,

  • had to be converted by doctors

  • at a New York City hospital.

  • Now, Tesla employees created a prototype

  • made from Model 3 parts.

  • - We've been working on developing

  • our own ventilator design, specifically one

  • that's heavily based on Tesla car parts.

  • You can see that all the red parts

  • here are a Tesla vehicle part,

  • so we've used a lot of those.

  • - This touch screen is powered by

  • the Model 3 infotainment computer in here,

  • which controls Model 3 vehicle controllers.

  • - In Michigan, Ford and GE

  • plan to use a former automotive plant

  • to build a ventilator that doesn't need electricity.

  • It uses air pressure to run.

  • The companies expect to get started in late April,

  • producing 50,000 ventilators in the first 100 days,

  • and then, 30,000 a month, going forward.

  • In Tokyo, Metron produces ventilators for animals.

  • Now, they're being converted to use for people.

  • The CEO said the respiratory systems

  • of humans and many animals are similar.

  • Japan's government asked Metron

  • to modify the equipment for human use.

  • Representatives from the UK, the US, and India

  • have also reached out to the company to ask for help.

  • The global effort to fight the coronavirus

  • even meant one company making a life-saving product,

  • instead of its usual life-taking weapons.

  • In Tel Aviv, Israel Aerospace Industries

  • rapidly shifted its production line

  • from missiles to ventilators.

  • It partnered with medical device maker Inovytec

  • and the Israel Defense Force

  • to deliver 30 ventilators.

  • In France, the Ambroise Paré Clinic

  • converted scuba diving masks to medical use,

  • so that patients would not need tubes

  • going into their lungs.

  • These can help less severe cases of COVID-19.

  • Decathlon, the maker of the masks,

  • suspended sales to the public

  • and donated them to hospitals in need.

  • In Belgium, an engineer devised an adapter

  • for the masks on a 3D printing machine.

  • - So that's why we could go very, very fast

  • and from the first talk we had

  • to the really usable prototype,

  • it was really a few hours.

  • - The printed prototype

  • became the model for a large order

  • using medical-grade plastics.

  • In the Czech Republic,

  • researchers designed a simple ventilator

  • for others to produce around the world.

  • The design will be released to the public

  • so that anyone can manufacture the ventilators,

  • instead of waiting for the finished product

  • to be shipped from somewhere else.

  • And in Slovakia,

  • these students built a stop-gap ventilator

  • for patients waiting on more professional designs.

  • In light of the pandemic,

  • the world is seeing human ingenuity and compassion

  • attacking a problem facing everyone.

Across the globe,

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How Ventilator Production Is Ramping Up Around The World

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    林宜悉 posted on 2020/10/24
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