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Free Medtronic portable ventilator design specifications

Healthcare and biomedical engineering company Medtronic, which was in the news recently because Tesla CEO Elon Musk had discussions with the company about the automaker’s potential plans to build ventilator hardware in order to , but today it’s doing something potentially far more impactful. Medtronic is making the full design specifications, produce manuals, design documents, and in the future, software code for its Puritan Bennett (PB) 560 portable ventilator hardware available to anyone.

You can check it out here:

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I downloaded their files, and see PDFs for electrical schematics, user manuals, manufacturing requirements documents - all PDFs. I expected to see some other formats, like CAD files, source code or binaries, etc. Am I missing something?

Ah, from their website:

The PB 560 design specifications are available today, software code and other information will follow shortly.

MIT did the same thing. They announce their intention as if they’ve already released the actual files. We should expect to see more from this, since organisations will try to gain positive PR before actually making their contributions, and we shouldn’t see this as a reason to wait or delay our own projects.

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