A consortium of seven F1 teams supported by leading medical device manufacturers have responded to the government’s challenge to design and manufacture ventilators and other breathing aids to help in the fight against COVID-19.
Having utilised the engineering might of these motor sports giants to design the products, the project reached a stage of needing component parts manufactured in high volume. With these sorts of parts usually having turnaround times of months, and with an immediate demand for the lifesaving equipment, the consortium turned to a select group of manufacturing firms with the skills and equipment to enable large scale manufacturing with lightning fast turnaround.
The Inovus Medical® design and engineering team were called upon to utilise their expertise and the company’s additive manufacturing capabilities to assist in the production of these parts. The company has since been using its production level SLS 3D printer (ProX® SLS 6100 from 3D Systems) to manufacture components for the ventilators with the first parts being delivered to the consortium in under a week from receiving the call to help.
Face visors to protect frontline staff
Protecting front line care givers is critical to helping the fight against COVID-19 and, in response to repeated requests from existing customers to help with this protection, the design team at Inovus have conceptualised and designed an Emergency Face Visor to help meet this demand. The face visor utilises the same production level 3D printing technology as that used for the ventilator parts to enable large scale manufacturing and supply of the visors.
Within a week of the first request for face visors the Inovus Medical team designed and tested the product, built technical files and other documentation to be in line with the necessary EU directives governing such products and installed a new manufacturing and assembly line in their St Helens based factory. Demand for the visors has been overwhelming with thousands of visors already delivered to front line care givers across the UK.