A self-contained respirator built on a sprint to help during the COVID-19 pandemic






Product & Service Design

Built fast, to the highest standards

Since March 24th, a team of designers and engineers at Propelland, together with clients and friends, have been in an insane sprint to design and prototype the VentAid respiratory assistant. We have quickly learned from the best concepts published so far to develop a device that meets the specifications of the U.S. Department of Defense.

Simple and easy to build.

Our ambition is to turn the available hand-held respirators into self-contained respirators. These devices will be manufactured quickly, easily and, most importantly, at a low cost to be made available for anyone to build for the shortage of ventilators we will be facing worldwide in the coming weeks.

Open source and available worldwide

We already have a 100% functional prototype, and this week we will be releasing our second iteration, as well as the source code, blueprints, and list of materials needed for anyone, anywhere to download and use it.

What's the VentAID respirator?

It is a customizable and straightforward low-cost machine capable of converting existing manual bag valves into autonomous respirators.

VentAID is made of steel, manufactured through laser cutting and mechanical bends, and assembled with screws which makes it more durable and easier to clean and transport.

The designers have worked to keep the footprint as small as possible, so that it is easy to move and place next to patients during critical treatment, and to ensure it extracts the maximum amount of oxygen from the bag valves all day long.

Today, we are inviting the world to hack us. We are working as fast as we can to develop as many units as possible for Mexico, but if you want to take our work and replicate it in your country download the blueprints and source code, and drop us a line if you have any questions, suggestions or improvements you would like to see.