Industrial Design Ideas Developing Due To The Coronavirus From All Over The World
In response to the unprecedented crisis caused by the COVID-19 Pandemic, industrial designers, inventors and product development companies from all over the world are coming up with creative ways to help defeat this threat.
Its unbelievable how creativity remains consistent even during a pandemic. In fact, most innovation happens in great moments of crisis.
People’s minds are blooming with all sorts of solutions to new and existing problems. Bressler Group came up with a remote research method for product designers during these social distancing times.
Onshape is helping engineering teams adapt and become more flexible.
Lots of large and small companies are helping, adapting and changing to continue to be significant during these times. In desperate moments either to help, or in some cases in order to survive, we have seen many interesting ideas focused on fighting this war against the virus we wanted to share.
Mercedes F1 and UCL Breathing Aid Approved For NHS Use
With a worldwide shortage of ventilators hitting healthcare supplies everywhere, the need for new breathing devices has become paramount in the fight against COVID-19. The Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) devices are already in use in some of the worst-affected areas, such as Italy and China, but now clinicians from University College London Hospital (UCLH) and Mercedes F1 have worked with engineers at UCL to develop the aids for the NHS. The devices work by delivering oxygen to the lungs without the need for a ventilator, which should help to get coronavirus patients out of intensive care.
Brazilian Startup Aiming To Deliver A 15-min Coronavirus Test
Hi Technologies, a Brazilian health-tech startup that specialises in laboratory exam equipment, is working on a faster test for COVID-19 that could return results in only 15 minutes.
Captured CO2 Used To Make Hand Sanitizer
After launching its carbon-negative vodka last year, New York City-based technology and lifestyle company, Air Co., has shifted its production to hand sanitizer, in response to the COVID-19 crisis. The company captures CO2 pollution, combines it with water to make alcohol, and then distils the final product using solar-powered equipment.
Until the PPE shortage is resolved, this team of designers are addressing the critical gap during which health care workers are left unprotected. They are adapting full-face snorkel masks to fit breathing filters that are already being used in hospitals. They will mass-produce mask adaptors via 3D printing and distribute to hospitals and clinics across the country. These masks are targeted for use by clinicians performing high-risk for COVID transmission procedures.
Hands-Free Door Handle Could Prevent Spread Of Coronavirus
London-based architectural designers, Ivo Tedbury and Freddie Hong, have created a 3D-printed device that adapts door handles to be opened without the use of hands, with the aim to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus.
Cardboard Desk Offers Quick Fix For Those Now Working From Home
As tens of millions of quarantined people continue working from home, many are finding it difficult to find space in crowded quarters. People are working from kitchen tables, couches, tucked in corners and under stairs. But some of these ad hoc arrangements can be bad for the back and posture, and lead to joint and nerve problems. Danish furniture start-up Stykka has a solution — a cardboard desk.
Dyson, the company best known for its vacuum cleaners and commercial hand dryers, designed and built their own ventilator in just 10 days after being recruited by UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson. The company has committed to manufacturing 10,000 for British hospitals and 5,000 more to export where they are needed.
GM is retooling its Indiana auto components plant to produce up to 10,000 ventilators per month, and is reopening its closed transmissions plant in Michigan to make surgical masks.
Bauer, the hockey equipment provider for the NHL, is now manufacturing single-use medical face shields out of material originally earmarked for helmets and protective gear. Resembling a welder’s shield, the devices are meant to protect first responders’ eyes and still require breathing masks underneath. The company has asked other corporations to step up and convert their factories for anti-coronavirus efforts, too.
A Rapid Development ICU Pod Inside A Shipping Container
As the global fight against COVID-19 accelerates and many hospitals run out of space, it has become imperative to construct new medical facilities, particularly intensive care units (ICUs), as quickly as possible. Working as part of an international task-force, Italian architects Carlo Ratti and Italo Rota have come up with a design that may be able to help.
Auto Manufacturing Giant Magna Develops Sanitizing Box That Could Kill Coronavirus
Auto parts manufacturing giant Magna International has developed a Puro ozone sanitizing device that may be capable of killing coronavirus. According to a release from the Canadian company, the equipment is even ready for an accelerated production run. So what’s the holdup? Magna needs a partner to help test and validate that the devices, which have already been proven to kill MRSA, can eliminate COVID-19 as well.
These are just a few examples; the list goes on and on showing how the efforts are global. What are you doing to make your company more flexible and able to adapt? Do you have an idea that can help your community? Treat these uncertain times that have forced you to adapt as an opportunity to find what works better; An opportunity to go through a process that will impact how you work, how you live, how you buy things and how you socialize.
Think about ways in which you can help. If you cant then simply stay home!