Other Hardware

Oxygen Concentrators, door openers, thermocycler

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See also: https://coronavirustechhandbook.come/ventilators
See also: https://coronavirustechhandbook.com/ppe

Open Source Hardware Libraries

Medical Supplies

Group for sharing open source designs for medical supplies

This group is being formed to evaluate, design, validate, and source the fabrication of open source emergency medical supplies around the world, given a variety of local supply conditions.

Other Hardware

Team of 2000+ engineers, doctors, business people working on design, manufacture, distribution and funding of ventilators, masks and more

Open-source COVID-19 medical supplies Facebook group.

Shapeways COVID-19 Solutions and Resources: 3D printed medical supplies

A website with opensource designs and information for hand sanitiser, masks etc, a platform for opensourcing hardware

This is a public editable wiki related to COVID-19 and Open Source approaches to collaboratively conquer the global challenges of the pandemic. We are collecting Free and Open Source Hardware, as well as DIY and engineering approaches to fight COVID-19.

🔗3D printed masks using HVAC hepa filters.
"This protocol details using a conventional FDM 3D printer to create a reusable face mask that aims to be a mask of last resort if no N95 (or similar) masks are available."

Open-source projects for all sorts of protection gear.

Call to Action and Requests

UK Government looking for better ways to rapidly sanitise ambulances:


Ethics & practicalities of delivering life-saving hardware onto a desperate and non-technical public.

Bear in mind the lessons learned and debated by the #wearenotwaiting movement, who are type 1 diabetics developing open source continuous loop tech for other type 1 diabetics.

Variants on Van Halen’s ‘no bronwn M&Ms’ rider; bury instructions critical to get the thing to turn on, together with the tricky settings that users need to understand to make it work safely

🔗https://www.apsf.org/news-updates/joint-statement-on-multiple-patients-per-ventilator/ Joint statement of Anesthesia Patient Safety Foundation on multiple patients per ventilator

PCR solutions for environmental testing

My understanding is that there are many restrictions (FDA) for testing for the virus in people, but not much in the way of regulations for testing the environment.

Open COVID-19 initiative- The goal of this project is to develop an open source methodology to safely test for the presence of SARS-CoV-2 using tools as common as possible.


Open PCR - an open hardware tool for DIY quantitative PCR- List of hardware tools from the open hardware summit

Coronavirus environmental testing with Open PCR


Pocket PCR- Open source thermocycler used to amplify DNA and RNA samples by the polymerase chain reaction.

Prevention of Face Touching


Fitbit app to detect face-touching - “The University of Hawaii professor designed an app for the fitness tracker to help people remember to stop touching their faces.”

“Immutouch is a smartband that vibrates every time you touch your face, keeping you safe today and building clean habits for tomorrow.”

Webapps that detect Face touching

Do not touch your face- Web helper

Web app to detect facetouching

Other Methods

COVID-19 Skunkworks- 3D printable face masks


DIY visual cues for touching face- Use a bright or colorful wristband, or paint your nails with colorful nail varnish, to have a visual alert when you bring your hand close to the face. Untested: if you try this, please post results here. Simply wearing gloves while in public is a helpful reminder, too.

DIY Face-Touch-Preventer- A device to warn/ condition the wearer against touching their face with their hands

Face shield- Simple face shield using Overhead Projector film with 4 holes (drilled, melted or punched) through which to thread the arms of glasses - the sheets are available on Amazon and other stationary stores

A 3D printable device to stick an A4 transparent piece of paper and make a face shield.

📹🔗 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G-IoSrn-8VI

Open Source DIY Face Touch Detection Device (YouTube) - “This open-source DIY device can prevent you from touching your face by beeping when your hands get too close to your face. This device can be made at home within minutes and only requires a few parts. This video will show you step-by-step how to build your own face touch detection device. It only requires a few parts and takes minutes to complete.”

Not Touch Assist- For the list of parts and instructions to build your own face touch detection device,

Faceshift face touch warner- This one is based on a tilt switch and a vibration motor. It requires no soldering, no 3D printing, no woodworking, no hot glueing. It works well enough when working at a desk or when you go outside for shopping.

Other Tools to help in your environment

Oxygen Concentrators

🔗https://www.facebook.com/HackLabKiev/videos/226447948724405/ (Ukrainian)

DIY oxygen concentrator. This project is carried out at the Functional Materials Laboratory of ETH Zürich (Switzerland), led by Prof. Wendelin J. Stark.

RepRap Ltd repository for all the information, designs, and data for the open-source Oxygen Concentrator ( https://reprapltd.com/open-source-oxygen-concentrator/ ).

Door openers

A door opener-

Door opener-

Door opener / Manual actuator - Open doors, push buttons without getting infected. 
How to make it: Take a light hammer and tape the head so you don’t damage things. 
Pro-tip: use copper tape around it 

Door Handle Convertor- 3d printed components to convert door handles to contactless forearm bars.

UV Light Sanitisers

See also https://coronavirustechhandbook.com/sanitiser

Far-UVC ultraviolet light (207–222 nm) חן living) layers of human skin or eye; however, because bacteria and viruses are of micrometer or smaller dimensions, far-UVC can penetrate and inactivate them.

🔗https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tS6Us1rHVPc&fbclid=IwAR2vokz-T9Fo6v921uenMCm6NDqtj6AO asuPjU-mSfPIy5PZK6hyxmAlxvM
UVClean Open Air Sanitizer is a project aimed to provide useful designs for developing devices for cleaning the air from viruses (like COVID-19)  and bacteria using UVC light (the same one you can find in space). The designs were made taking care of users security, lowcost, easy to build and flexibilty.

Open UV Clean - Instructions for making a device that cleans thing in your home using UV light


Adhesive copper tape- Copper tape could be used to cover surfaces which are regularly touched e.g. door push plates. Copper mesh could also be used to fabricate gloves with anti-viral properties. 

Spit Guards- Having seen that Swiss pharmacists/cashiers use protective panels to protect themselves from sputtering, some plans to make one using a 3D printer and a LASER cut-out.

Automatic hand sanitiser dispenser- Kids use Arduino parts to make this.


This platform which identifies people suffering fever at the office/co-working space- This tool uses thermal sensors detecting co-workers with elevated body temperature. Statistically 90% of employees in the US come to work while sick. The platform automates early identification of people suffering from fever at work for varying reasons including coronavirus, flu, common cold, rhinoviruses etc.

Thing that remotely monitors people in Amsterdam for COVID-19 symptoms- This app was created by the OLVG hospital in Amsterdam. It asks you to provide data on your symptoms like sore throat, coughing, sneezing and temperature. A team of medical professionals monitors the data of all participants and contacts individuals that are suspect to be infected.

Project Ideas (add your own!)


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