The OxVent ventilator

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The OxVent ventilator

In just one week, a team at Oxford University and King’s College London have built a simple ventilator that could potentially save thousands of lives as part of the UK and the world’s fight against coronavirus. The OxVent is a rapid prototype ventilator that could keep people breathing while they battle the worst impacts of COVID-19. Andrew Farmery of the University of Oxford, one of the people involved in its development, talks about its past, present, and potential.

Read about it here if you wish: https://theface.com/life/oxvent-prototype-ventilator-health-nhs-covid-19

It looks as if this machine would not merely address the present inadequate provision of ventilators but have a future in less-developed countries.

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Very interesting, being local to oxford this is being talked about, sounds promising, red tape should be relaxed in these uncertain times.... Take care all.

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I read that Dyson were working on a design too. Presumably with similar parameters of low cost, simple manufacture, rapid implementation (so using existing tools and techniques). (There are clearly jokes and political jibes to be made about this which I will not do)

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I read that Dyson were working on a design too.

Yes.

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Gtech have also released details of their development.

  https://www.gtech.co.uk/ventilators

These would be manufactured in the UK. Dyson have no remaining manufacturing redources in the UK.

It shows what can be done when the heat is on. If this leads to better production numbers and low-cost, simple supply then there will be a huge advance.

Never mind the resources for the NHS, just think how good, simple & cheap ventilators would help the less wealthy, less "developed" countries around the world (and even remoter areas of "developed" nations)

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I read:- Dyson didn't work through the night to design a new ventilator as announced by @BBCHughPym it was designed by The Technology Partnership in South Cambridge and given to Dyson to manufacture.

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I think you will find that Dyson have significant amounts of space and capacity to manufacture in the UK

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Yes Alan, space at Malmsbury but no tooling, no machines, no line. I thought the point about all these designs was about rapid implementation once approved (and low cost).

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They also have a rather large airfield and buildings that were set up for the car project. I know how we can source tooling really fast when we need it so I am sure they can do it if they want to.