The COVID-19 Ventilator Open Source Project

Our ventilators cost around $1,000 in parts to manufacture. Why is this important? Your single donation of $1,000 can help us SAVE A LIFE by supplying much needed medical equipment in this fight against COVID-19 (Coronavirus).

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Why is the COVID-19 Ventilator Open Source Project necessary?

In the coming months, projections suggest the US could have a shortfall of over 800,000 ventilators. What are we going to do about this shortfall in coming weeks?

Here’s the scary math…

  • The US is projected to need over 1 million ventilators to treat COVID-19 patients
  • The US only has around 160,000 ventilators nationwide.
  • Currently US manufacturers produce just 14,000 ventilators per year.
  • Some ventilator manufacturers are ramping up production by 40%, so in a year they can produce 20,000 ventilators.

Based on these eye opening statistics, there is simply no way for current manufacturers to even put a small dent in the number of ventilators required. We have all heard news of corporations like GM and Tesla planning to mass produce ventilators, but as an engineer, it just doesn’t sound like enough to solve the problem at hand fast enough. Automakers are accustomed to working on multiple year long timelines, we currently have weeks, maybe a month before we run out of ventilators.

The Solution

We are putting together a campaign, using a multi-disciplinary team of volunteers, to develop and produce ventilators for emergency use in hospitals. We need makers across the country and globe to manufacture any parts they can handle, and have the ventilators assembled and shipped to hospitals as needed.

The Concept

Using readily available off the shelf parts, we will develop a device to automatically and smartly control a Bag Valve Mask (commonly referred to as an AMBU bag), which is essentially a human powered ventilator that will be converted to a reusable electric ventilator.

By using a Bag Valve Mask, the patient is only in contact with a medically approved device that is also disposable. The Bag Valve Mask can then be replaced as needed for sanitary or wear reasons.

Our design

  • Uses existing hospital supplies to minimize parts required and reduce the risk of sanitary issues.
  • Has most of the primary functions of a typical ventilator
  • Costs around $1,000 in parts to manufacture.
  • Full digital controls

What can you do?

Right now, we need to put together a design team that consists of:
  • Engineers (software, electric, bio-medical and mechanical).
  • Medical professionals with ventilator experience.
  • People with business or project management experience.

And eventually we will need:

  • Anyone with ability and aptitude to assemble components repetitively.
  • People with CNC machines, 3d printers, or other manufacturing ability.
Software, electric, bio-medical and mechanical engineers are needed.
Medical professionals
Ventilator experience preferred but not necessary.
Business managers
Have you managed a team of people before? We need your help.
Project managers
We need your project management experience as this will be a rapidly growing project.
(Soon) Product assembly
Do you have the aptitude to assemble components repetitively? We need your experience.
(Soon) CNC machines
Do you have CNC machine equipment available or maybe just experience using CNC equipment?
(Soon) 3D printers
We will need 3D printers as our project progresses.
(Soon) Manufacturing ability
Do you have experience in a manufacturing environment? Your skills would work great for our project.

Production Process

Defining product goals




Product Launch

See the prototype COVID-19 ventilator in action!


COVID-19 Ventilator operates as a fiscally sponsored program under Community Shares of Mid-Ohio, a 501(c)(3) organization. EIN – 31-1363943 You can review our corporate Bylaws HERE