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UF experts are teaming up with others to design a ventilator people can build in case the machines  are needed during the COVID-19 pandemic. In these images from video, components are demonstrated in the lab. Photo: UF

UF experts collaborate to design a DIY ventilator for COVID-19 crisis

Imagine teams of volunteers building ventilators, with each team member assigned a job. One does the pipes. One does the electronics. One loads the software. Then they put it all together and, voila, a ventilator. This is possible, thanks to anesthesiology professor Sem Lampotang  and his team of open source collaborators at UF and around the world. Lampotang is an inventor with numerous medical patents. He designed a commercial ventilator years ago.  He says the engineering for this project is rigorous. The difference is anyone can get the parts, including PVC pipes and sprinkler valves. “The concept is a proven design,” Lampotang said. “What is not proven is using — I’m laughing a bit — is using Home Depot parts.” …
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