We are excited to officially announce that today we are becoming Covid-19 Makers UK and hereby welcome all of you to the community. We are a community of Makers and engineers in the UK organized to design and build medical equipment and ventilators.
Increasing our healthcare system capacity is critical in saving lives and defeating Covid-19, and medical equipment to protect hospital staff and ventilators for patients sit at the center of the fight.
A few days ago, we created this group to unite efforts and build a well organised open-source library of projects, designs and CAD files of medical devices to fight Covid-19.
Today we are taking a next step towards building those much needed devices and bringing them to our hospitals. We are humbled to announce that we have partnered with Coronavirus Makers - a community of +15k makers and engineers in Spain that have been working with doctors, designing and printing for the past few weeks and already got regulatory approval for their visors (see pictures below). They have also built a ventilator that is in the last phases of regulatory approval (see video).
With our network of Makers and our manufacturing capabilities, we are going to be building those designs in the UK to accelerate the process and make sure they can get to our hospital staff and patients as soon as possible. All designs will be open source under the condition that nobody can make a profit of them. This is a community effort to fight corona, save lives and our healthcare system. From makers to people.
As a first step, we intend to build a Makers’ Map to have a clear view of our production capabilities and coordinate them with hospital needs. We will then be organizing engineers and makers locally in Telegram groups so we can start printing and manufacturing the designs most efficiently. We will need regulation to be flexible but intend to work to grow the community and build prototypes in the meantime as there's no time to waste.
At a time where the best most can do is stay at home, we makers and engineers have the power to have a real impact in defeating COVID-19. Our healthcare system is ours to save. But fighting corona is a team effort and we are all in this together.
Makers to people, we want to save lives.
Please join us by signing up here: https://carmen155544.typeform.com/to/nkjA6f , share it with your network and #letsbuild together to #stopcorona.