VentCore is an open source ventilator project designed and developed by Formon in Prishtina, Kosovo.
The shortage of ventilators that the hospitals worldwide are facing has become a big issue in our fight with COVID-19. That is why we developed VentCore.
The purpose of this ventilator is automate the operation of BVM (bag-valve-mask) in a simple, inexpensive and controllable way, for emergency cases.
It is designed as an open system that can be easily produced and replicated fast, at the same time inviting everyone to contribute in its improvement as a device.
Lets not let the lack of ventilators be the reason for more deaths from this unfortunate situation we as humanity found ourselves in.
All the material in this web site for this project is published under Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-Sharealike 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-SA 4.0) public licencse. Please read the license before using this project.
Most of the moving parts for the belt mechanism, and holding the BMV are 3D printable parts. In total 16 parts that you can 3D print.
The whole mechanical system for VentCore is made of only the components shown in the exploded view.
Designing it as simple as possible was the main challenge for driving the belt to compress the BVM and to enable fast assembly. The belt mechanism contains only 6 major components:
a. A sheet metal plate – where the belt mechanism is assembled
b. 6x 3D printable parts
c. Standard size shoulder screws
d. A standard NEMA23 stepper motor (changed from NEMA17)
The bottom plate is a composite (aluminum and plastic sheet) material (in this case – Alucobond 4mm), which can be cut in a CNC machine.
The knobs for the rotary switches are 3D printable.
The Front and Back Enclosure is white acrylic sheet (5mm) that can be cut with a laser CNC machine.
The Top Enclosure is 1.5mm thick sheet metal plate.
This current version of the design contains a simple custom made electronic board, 3x rotary switches and 2x toggle switches.
All these parts can be downloaded below for more information together with BOM (Bill of Materials).
This electronic board is designed specifically for VentCore. Find the files under the Downloads and Guidelines section below.
5 days after the first concept, we have finally come to a fully working prototype for VentCore. Next we will start testing the usage parameters such as Tidal Volume, I:Time and Respiratory Rate together with the sensors.
Please feel free to contact us for any feedback or request that you might have.
We will try to respond as fast as possible to all your messages. Doing our best.
These amazing individuals were crucial for further development of this product. Their professional expertise and experience has been an eye-opener for the Development Team and lead us to understand the practical usage of a breathing ventilator.
A very special group of companies who were available every single minute and who delivered everything we needed within a single day. These guys made it possible for such a project to be executed within 5 days.
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