3D Printing Ventilator Adapter
This project was initiated because of the possible shortage of medical ventilators during the COVID-19 pandemic. Several studies have shown that a single ventilator could be used for multiple patients simultaneously to meet disaster surge. We designed these ventilator adapters and used 3D printers to create them.
This project is not conducted to make a profit. We hope our hospitals never will need to have multiple patients share a single ventilator, but we must prepare for the worst.
This webpage serves two purposes: To share the adapter designs, and to share the demand and supply information. Please contact us if:
- You have a 3D printer and are willing to help with production.
- You work in a hospital and need adapters.
- You would like to contribute your design.
"Save one life, and it will all be worth it."
— New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (March 20).
Access to 3D Printers
If you have 3D printers and are willing to help on production, please fill out the 3D Printing Supplier Registration Form.
Hospitals in Need
If you work in a hospital and need adapters, please fill in the Hospital Request Form.
Here is the ventilator-sharing protocol developed by Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, and New York-Presbyterian Hospital (version date: March 24): Ventilatorsharingprotocol.pdf
Adapters Manufactured by 3D Printing
- 2 Outlets
- 4 Outlets
- 6 Outlets
Details of each adapter can be found below.
|Ventilator Models||Puritan Bennett™ 980 and 840||Puritan Bennett™ 980 and 840||Puritan Bennett™ 980 and 840|
|CAD Drawing||Adaptors X2 outlet (Triangle Support).STEP.zip||Adaptors X4 outlet (Triangle Support).STEP.zip||X6adaptor.step.zip|
|Printer Model||Prusa i3mk3s||Prusa i3mk3s, Ultimaker S5||Prusa i3mk3s|
|Printing Parameters and Time||0.2 mm layer thickness, 100% infill, 5-7 hours printing time per pair. (Our design needs no supports for internal structures.)||0.2 mm layer thickness, 100% infill, 10-15 hours printing time per pair. (Our design needs no supports for internal structures.)||0.2 mm layer thickness, 100% infill, 10-15 hours printing time per pair. (Our design needs no supports for internal structures.)|
|Testing||Preliminarily tested at Our Lady of Lourdes Memorial Hospital; in progress at UHS Hospitals||Preliminarily tested at Our Lady of Lourdes Memorial Hospital; in progress at UHS Hospitals||Not tested yet|
University Related News
- Binghamton University Faculty Produce COVID-19 Medical Equipment
- Binghamton University Faculty Creates Ventilator Adapters
- Engineers design ventilator parts, face shields to combat coronavirus
- Binghamton University professors team up to create medical supplies
To clinicians: Please be fully aware of the risk before attempting to ventilate multiple patients with one ventilator. Please read the statement from the Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM), American Association for Respiratory Care (AARC), American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA), Anesthesia Patient Safety Foundation (APSF), American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN), and American College of Chest Physicians (CHEST).