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Medtronic shares PB560 Ventilator specifications, design files, BOM and CAD

Lead Inspiration Engineer @ RS Components and DesignSpark


September 28, 2020 08:11

Hi, can someone guide me where to get the turbine specification for PB560? No information on the electrical motor present at both assembly modeling & BOM on those files shared by Medtronic. Also does building a ventilator required cleanroom environment or a normal control room will be suffice? Thanks in advance.

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October 2, 2020 13:53

Hi @ChanYeanMei , sorry no further information is available other than that shared by Medtronic. There is an FAQ guide here: Manufacturing regulatotions will vary dependent on your country and the markets in which the product is being sold. We advise you to contact the regulators in your country for more information on requirements. Thanks, Sam

May 6, 2020 08:04

Hi, Sam - one of the main drawbacks as to prevent people willing to join this Medtronic initiative is the Ventilator's cabinet manufacturing. It could take at least three months to have mould matrix avaliable to the production line. Furthermore does not seem quite fair from Medtronic's side, as to make plans avallable of a discontinued and old model Ventilator, as long many of its parts are no longer manufactured.This being so, could you tell me what is the actual point of this so "dignifying" initiative?

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October 2, 2020 09:22

Hi @TELMOKOTLHAR - thanks for your comments, I agree that manufacturing of the Ventilator casing would require significant effort in terms of tooling to reproduce. It is very rare for a commercial organisation to release design specifications and CAD into the public domain. The medical device industry is very complex, with many rules, regulations and oversight to keep people safe. I wouldn't recommend anyone to take these files and attempt to manufacture the device themselves. I would hope that this initiative helps others to understand how products are designed, manufactured and tested - perhaps helping them to develop a product of their own.

April 29, 2020 12:41

Hi Sam,
We are now trying to make ventilator on our own with the reference design of PB560. But we have a lot of difficult to have the sources of the parts. How can i find direct sourcing or suplier for the parts?


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May 1, 2020 15:01

Hi @WinMoe, I think you will find it very hard to reproduce this design - many parts are custom and will require tooling, also given the age of the design many parts may have now been discontinued. I would recommend using these design files to influence your design approach for a new ventilator design. Thanks, Sam

April 23, 2020 12:39

Hi we are interested in building PB 560 ventilator and have downloaded all the files. I however cannot find any code for the PIC18F43K227 8 bit uP on the Powerpack2 board. I have been through all the files but cannot find any source code for the above device. Maybe the idea is to generate your own code or else they forgot to include the code in the data pack. Your comment would be much appreciated. :)

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April 27, 2020 07:22

Hi @ElbertKruger! I'd advise getting in contact with Medtronic directly. They have made a few updates to the release so it may be that there may be more information coming soon.

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April 9, 2020 08:09

Hi Sam thanks for the info.

I have a question, I am interested in seeing the possibility of assembling the PB560. What can be done with the components that are discontinued? Is there a shopping list with components and replacements?. best regards

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April 12, 2020 14:18

Hi @ElvinDiaz, I think you might find it very challenging to exactly reproduce this design. Availability of parts is one factor, another consideration is the software and ensuring that you have all of the information required to build and program the software onto the microcontrollers. I would recommend using the archive of information to inform your own approach i.e the code is very useful to understand how they have implemented control systems to regulate the correct conditions, the bill-of-materials gives you an understanding of the standard of sensors that are chosen for these devices and the documentation gives you insight into the process of preparing a device for medical certification.

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