The growing new until the U.S. has turned around with electric cars and rockets, and once again, Musk is crossing the border as a “slash youth,” this time in the medical device industry, producing ventilators to help doctors fight the epidemic. Tesla recently released a video on the company’s Youtube channel in which engineers have come up with a prototype of the ventilator. Most importantly, the Tesla Ventilator also shares components with the Model 3.
In the video, all the engineers are “fully armed” (wearing masks and gloves), and next to them are their new inventions. Instead of specially designed components such as compressors and pumps, Tesla’s ventilators are built with electric car parts. The benefits of such a design are also obvious – not being supplied with parts to the neck and accelerating the mass production of the ventilator.
“We wanted to use components that we were really familiar with and reliable, so we could mass-produce quickly. Joseph Mardall, Tesla’s head of engineering, said. “That’s what we did this time. “
The touch panel used in Tesla’s self-developing ventilator comes from the Model 3 and shows the amount of oxygen and carbon dioxide in and out of the air. The ventilator also uses Model 3’s computer system, lithium batteries and on-board pumps, compressors, piping and oxygen mixing rooms. Given that this is still a prototype, it is still unknown when mass production will be delivered and sent to major U.S. hospitals, after all, the FDA will have to test and approve it before it goes into use.
In fact, for Tesla, the robot doesn’t start from scratch, after all, Tesla electric cars have a “biochemical defense model”, and for SpaceX, which makes the spacecraft, it’s not to say that keeping astronauts breathing smoothly in outer space is not the only thing left.
Earlier, Medtronic, the US medical device giant, said it was in talks with Tesla to work together to boost ventilator production. On April 3, Musk tweeted that SpaceX was now helping Medtrony step up efforts to catch up on proportional solenoid valves.
Tesla, the nation’s most valuable automaker by market capitalisation, is also making sense to join the medical device maker, after all, GM and Ford have already started working hand-in-hand with medical device makers to accelerate the production of ventilators. However, instead of coming up with their own designs, they were manufactured according to ready-made drawings.
In addition to developing his own ventilators with existing components, Musk has also turned on the “buy-to-buy” model, purchasing FDA-compliant ventilators and sending them to hospitals through his own channels.
“The problem now is not the problem of ventilator manufacturing, but the problem of parts. “The ventilator manufacturer, Mick Farrell, points out. “We’ve got hundreds of programs for automotive, aerospace and defense companies, and they’re really good. But the quickest solution is to help us build the parts we need so that we can meet the needs of the hospital as quickly as possible. “
In addition to manufacturers of fast-horse whipping to manufacture medical devices, the FDA has also accelerated the approval process for products related to the outbreak. Still, medical device expert Gail Baura warns that building a ventilator is not that simple and takes a lot of time to invest.
“Designing medical devices requires a wide range of professional engineering standards, which is the only way to get FDA certification. Baura explains. “So while working together, manufacturers need a lot of time to validate ventilators, even if it’s now a ‘war state’.” “There are also experts who point out that it could take up to 18 months for the car companies to transition to production of ventilators, and that manufacturers will have to take time to retrofit their production lines.
For now, we can only hope that Tesla will speed up its research and development and help healthcare professionals end the global disaster as soon as possible.