The coronavirus pandemic has shown once again that design and engineering are drivers of change and innovation. In recent weeks, many Elisava Alumni have been placing their experience, knowledge and resources at the service of the fight against COVID-19.
Due to the shortage of medical supplies, different projects have been launched to supply hospitals. In this sense, 3D printing has positioned itself as one of the most effective practices to provide solutions in a record time.
Crowdfundings to finance medical supplies to protect from COVID-19
The digital manufacturing and 3D design company, ADDIT·ION, led by the Alumni Saulo Armas and Ignasi Sagré, has started a crowdfunding to cover the costs of designing new products in 3D printing for hospital use, as well as for the design and optimization of pieces for the conversion of existing products into PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) protection material. For example, working alongside with the 3Digital Factory, they have converted a Decathlon snorkel mask into a PPE used at the Quirón Salud Hospital in Madrid.
Another open crowdfunding is the LibreGuard project, a protection screen that can be produced in large quantities using only a laser cutter. Behind the project we find a network of more than 30 professionals, including Elisava's professor Raul Nieves and the Alumni David Haro and Javier Notivol.
Low cost homologated respirators
Respirators have also become products of special need in recent weeks. Celera, a national network of young talent that includes the Alumni Edgar Pons, is behind the creation of The Open Ventilator, a health-approved artificial respirator designed to help COVID-19 patients with severe respiratory difficulties. The device is low cost and has a scalable production, so it is can be used when other suitable alternatives are not available.