COVID-19 adaptation: Corus voluntarily offers its 3D printing to produce ventilators

March 2020

During the COVID-19 crisis, Corus voluntarily offered its services in response to the shortage of assisted breathing equipment in hospitals and ICUs. This was done through a collaboration led by Leitat, a technology center with more than 100 years of history that aims to create economic, social and sustainable value.

The group of companies and institutions launched the first medically validated and industrially producible 3D emergency ventilator. The development was crucial to increase the availability of assisted breathing equipment in the midst of the pandemic.

Magí Galindo, Coordinator of Design and Industrial Development at Leitat, elaborated 3D-printed splitters that allowed a single ventilator to support more than one patient affected by coronavirus. Thanks to this piece, an assisted breathing equipment became much more accessible and was able to support two, three or even four people simultaneously with the same ventilatory requirements. Industrial capacity allowed the production of 17 pieces per print, without interruption, reaching a daily production capacity of 50 to 100 units.

Through this partnership, Corus voluntarily offered its 3D printing services to produce such splitters, contributing to the very relevant company community involvement in the context of the global pandemic.

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