Tesla is making a ventilator using the Model 3 computer, screen, and parts (video)
Tesla released a video on the weekend showing the progress on making a prototype ventilator in the wake of the current Coronavirus crisis, Tesla engineers briefly explain on how they are making a ventilator with the parts used in their cars such as a Tesla Model 3 screen, graphics computer, and valves to name a few.
The following video showing the progress on the Tesla Ventilator prototype was filmed at the Tesla Engineering R & D Lab at the automaker’s Fremont, California car factory — this is a smart move by Tesla, as they chose the parts and stuff they are already acquainted with, this will also streamline ventilator production because of parts availability from the company’s own inventory and existing supply chain, cannot be made 100% from Tesla car parts but would be great have as many as possible.
Recently Elon Musk announced that the Tesla Ventilators made at the Gigafactory New York will be ‘donated’ to hospitals and health care facilities in the United States and worldwide, not sold for profit. Before Tesla engineers shared the progress report video on the Tesla Ventilator prototype, the automaker’s CEO Elon Musk shared some information on SpaceX working on the solenoid valves for Medtronic ventilators as well.
Were these bought or did tesla start making these?— Tesla Owners Silicon Valley (@teslaownersSV) April 4, 2020
Tesla is on second rev of internal ventilator design. Will post an update on this tomorrow.— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) April 4, 2020
Medtronic chairman and CEO Omar Ishrak says its partnership with SpaceX is "extremely important," as the rocket builder is using its "expertise in valve production" to make a "critical component" for ventilators.— Michael Sheetz (@thesheetztweetz) April 6, 2020
"SpaceX is helping us multiply the number of such devices." pic.twitter.com/hxkDLgKqbN
Ventilator manufacturer Medtronc’s CEO & Chairman Omar Ishrak while talking to CNBC confirmed that SpaceX is making a vital part for their ventilators which will help in ramping up the production at his company — because SpaceX ships carry life-support machines on their missions, Elon Musk’s space exploration company has the expertise in making solenoid valves, with the help of Tesla valve production will ramp up and fill the gap between supply and demand.
The pneumatic design diagram that we see in the Tesla Ventilator video above, all the flow chart signs marked in ‘red’ are the parts that Tesla already uses in their cars and those are readily available at the company, by a rough visual estimate of mine, this looks like around 50%.
In this ventilator prototype, the Tesla engineers also attached a breathing simulator for testing, by the looks of it, this ventilator becoming a reality seems promising — hopefully, this arrives in time to help the maximum number of people during the COVID-19 pandemic.