Project Inspiration

van totaal € 20.000 (84%)

A COVID-19 mechanical ventilator for everyone 


In short 

There is a high demand for easy-to-produce, durable ventilators in intensive care units across the world. This project aims to develop a mechanical ventilator that can be easily deployed and incorporates the basic functions necessary to ventilate COVID-19 patients. We not only aim to design the system, but we will also facilitate the implementation of local production and use to create the needed impact. 

Similar to the extensively used ventilator from the 60s that we based our design on, the East-Radcliffe ventilator, the working principle is purely mechanical. It has been designed in close collaboration with intensivists and military doctors to meet specific requirements and high standards, while it also can be fabricated with standard machinery in low-tech environments. It does not depend on specialized medical components that are part of standard ventilators. Such components are currently very scarce on the world market.

Right now we need your support to finance certification and ensure impactful implementation. 

Who are we? 

We are a team of academic staff, students and technical support staff at the Delft University of Technology, led by Dr. Gerwin Smit. Our non-profit team is building a mechanical ventilator to help to fulfill the high demand anywhere in the world. 


The goal of our project is to reduce the lethality of COVID-19 around the world. Core features of our project are: 

  • Our system is designed to be easily manufactured anywhere with widely available components and production processes.
  • Our project is not only nationally, but also internationally aimed. We are currently working with Guatemala and other low-income countries to discuss and guide local implementation.
  • The robustness of the purely mechanical working principle gives the device an intended maintenance interval of more than 2 weeks.
  • The ventilator is simple to operate by untrained personnel, for example in emergency field hospitals.


Why do we need your support? 

The raised money will be used to make the current design of the ventilator market-ready. This incorporates developing additional functionalities of the ventilator, such as weaning and free-breathing trials, and conducting tests for certification. Applying for certification is crucial to be able to proceed in this project. 

Furthermore, to provide interested low-income countries with an example ventilator to examine the design and start production in their own facilities. These partners will adjust the design to match with the available parts and production facilities in that specific country. This means that the compatibility of these components needs to be tested for each configuration that will be used. The crowdfunding support will also create budget for the production and transport of these parts to the interested countries and for testing of the configurations. 


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Example ventilators shipped to local projects

13-05-2020 | 12:25 Example ventilators have been shipped to Guatemala and Ukraine, where they will be used as base model. In Guatemala, this project can double the national stock of ventilators! The goal is to produce the ventilators by the local production company Talleres Hernandez and provide them to the Rooseveld Hospital in Guatemala City. This local project in Quatemala launched their own website: In the meantime, information is shared with local organisations in various countries as the US, Costa Rica, India, Niger, Mexico and Honduras. More information about the collaboration with Quatemala can be found in the following article, written by TU Delta: 
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