PTC and Onshape’s COVID-19 Response Projects

Written By: James Goux
  • 5/6/2020
  • Read Time : 4 min
PTC and Onshape have COVID-19 response projects

The coronavirus crisis has impacted individuals, organizations, and companies in a way that we would have never imagined. Companies small and large are trying to balance their day-to-day tasks while stepping up to the plate and finding solutions to address unexpected shortages and needs the medical industry is facing. From designing and manufacturing ventilators to personal protection equipment (PPE), there has been a tremendous response from individuals, organizations, and companies worldwide.

Because CAD and 3D printing have played a major role in these efforts, PTC recently announced free time-limited subscriptions to Onshape for qualifying projects that address emergency needs such as:

  • Solutions contributing to the treatment or research of COVID-19
  • Coronavirus-related problems impacting the community
  • Making the creation of product design open-source for the greater good
  • Are not created for profit

PTC and Onshape are proud to support companies, individuals, and open-source projects devoted to solving challenges related to COVID-19. From the early stages of this initiative, Onshape has supported initial COVID-19 response programs that include, PulmoLogic, The Pandemic Ventilator Project, Rich Brilliant Willing, and Elevons COVID-19 Respirator.

As more and more companies and organizations are gaining access to Onshape’s COVID-19 support initiative, more projects are being launched. PTC and Onshape are proud to announce the following additional projects:

FIRST® – Robots to the Rescue

FIRST is a global non-profit organization that offers a suite of robotics competitions for students in grades PreK-12. PTC and FIRST have partnered up to conduct a virtual design competition that challenges teams to design a robot that can solve a current global problem. Some examples would include a robot that delivers emergency food and supplies to those living in remote areas, or a robot that cleans up pollution from the water and air.

CoVent-19 Ventilator Design Challenge – Innovate2Ventilate

The CoVent-19 Challenge is an 8-week open innovation Grand Challenge for engineers, innovators, designers, and makers with a goal of creating rapidly deployable ventilators that can be used to close the gap between those in need and our resources in healthcare systems around the world. The CoVent-19 Challenge offers participants incomparable platform of resources to streamline the winning design through prototyping, safety and regulatory testing, manufacturing, and distribution. Onshape is partnering with the CoVent-19 Challenge to offer participating teams free access to Onshape Pro.

ICTI-UFG: Instituto de Ciencia Tecnología e Innovación at the Francisco Gavidia University, El Salvador – VEMPU

The Francisco Gavidia University has collaborated with different companies in El Salvador to develop a prototype that automates the operations of an “AMBU bag.” The initial prototype started inside university facilities and grew until reaching an industrial design. Throughout the process, Onshape software allowed team members and designers to collaborate in real time. Additionally, the intuitive design of Onshape encouraged new collaborators to provide their contributions after a short tutorial in Spanish from a YouTube channel. Currently, this prototype is in the certification stages by the medical community in El Salvador and will soon go into its mass production phase.

Petro Mohyla Black Sea National University

A professor at the Petro Mohyla Black Sea National University, who teaches 3D CAD using Onshape, is working on multiple COVID-19 projects that are significant to meet the needs of the city’s medical field. Projects include face shields, sealed glasses with larger views, advanced valves for respiratory systems, and reliable replacement for PEEP valves.  

Parametric COVID Mask Design

This COVID-19 project involves the creation of an easy-to-print COVID mask. The mask only has three parts, all of which fit on a single 150mmx150mm 3D printer bed. Take a further look at the creation here.

Team 2537 – SpaceRIAders

SpaceRIAders is a FIRST team that focuses on manufacturing vinyl face shields for hospitals lacking PPE (specifically St. Agnes Hospital and HCGH). This design comes from a reusable 3D printed headband with a replaceable vinyl shield. The second design is created from a fully disposable foam block and Velcro straps stapled to the vinyl itself. Further information on the vinyl mask creation can be found here.

3D-seed – Open-Source Masks

3D-seed is an open-source project with a goal to create reusable masks that would require only replacing the two small N95 filters. These masks would be molded in medical-grade casting silicone. 3D-seed is looking to manufacture these masks at various sites to cut down on shipping time to hospitals.

Breath Eazy

Breath Eazy is one of many participants of the CoVent-19 Ventilator Design Challenge, with a goal to make a minimum viable ventilator that is affordable and manufacturable on a global scale. Breath Eazy plans to strip back the ventilator design to be purely mechanical, using pneumatic controls instead of software to deliver oxygen to the patient. The process is believed to reduce the manufacturing complexity and simplify the regulatory validation.

Dukes of Lost City

Dukes of Lost City is another team participating in the CoVent-19 Ventilator Design Challenge. Their ventilator uses bellows for volume and pressure actuated by a stepper motor. The stepper motor is controlled by a raspberry pi with a 7” touchscreen. The PI controls the motor by increasing or decreasing speed for adjustable pressure, increasing or decreasing stroke for adjustable volume, and allowing for breathing cycles between 10 and 30 breaths per minute. The PI also controls a 12v air valve in adjustable increments for oxygen volume per breath. It will monitor incoming oxygen pressure and power levels along with batter backup life with alarms to notify of loss of either.

If you’d like to partner with Onshape on a qualifying project – or if you are a current Onshape customer who would like to be matched to a project – please do not hesitate to get in touch with us.

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About the Author

James Goux

James Goux is Principal Program Manager of the Onshape business unit at PTC. His programs include Marketing Operations, Customer Success Operations, and Strategy and Analytics across the unit. As a result of COVID-19's impact on the community, he is leading the Onshape COVID-19 Response Support Program, finding and helping non-profit/open-source projects get off the ground with free Onshape software and consultation.

Before coming to PTC, James created and managed the Account Management function at Toast, Inc., listed #3 on Deloitte's Fast 500 during his tenure and was an early Customer Experience Leader at Hulu, LLC.