Engineers at Auburn University’s Department of Mechanical Engineering designed the RE-INVENT device as an accessory that would repurpose a household CPAP machine. RE-INVENT is a product of collaboration between engineering faculty and students, as well as medical professionals. The device can be assembled in four hours using an existing CPAP machine plus about $700 in commercially-available component parts, according to the team. In comparison, a traditional ventilator can cost as much as $25,000.
The university is exploring options for sharing the design with health care providers and potential manufacturers.