The alliance between Consorci de la Zona Franca (CZFB) and Leitat (Tecnio), together with CatSalut, through Consorci Sanitari de Terrassa (CST) and Hospital Parc Taulí de Sabadell, has managed to develop the first and industrially producible emergency ventilator, ready to support hospitals and ICUs.
Given the rapid expansion of the COVID-19 virus which has led to a shortage of medical equipment, especially respirators which are essential to save patients’ lives, Leitat has designed a 3D-manufactured emergency ventilator to make this essential device available for the healthcare system.
Thanks to 3D technology and the capabilities of the alliance in both design and technology and prototyping, the functionality of this first model has been developed and tested. This device also has the capability of being industrially scalable, so it can reach a daily production capacity of between 50 and 100 units.
This is an emergency ventilator, called LEITAT 1, in which its design and components have been simplified to the maximum so that they can develop a robust, useful and less complex medical device, facilitating its production and coupling.
The design was performed by Leitat’s senior engineer, Mr. Magí Galindo, and medically validated by Dr. Lluís Blanch, Innovation Director of Hospital Parc Taulí Hospital de Sabadell, an expert in mechanical ventilation.
Its production started immediately, although the experts are also working on obtaining an improved model (LEITAT 2), according to the adjustments that the Spanish Medicines Agency may require.
The production of these devices will take place in the facilities of Consorci de la Zona Franca, HP and Seat, and will be supported by the 3D Incubator and the IAM3DHUB. Airbus and Navantia, which have joined the alliance, will also be providing their capacities, and a community of users and makers will also be giving support, aiming at increasing production capacity in a short period of time.