Hospitals and First Responders need help, and traditional manufacturing isn't delivering with the urgency demanded by the current pandemic. Local Donors, Makers with 3D Printers, Makerspaces, and Manufacturers need to be supplied with clean product information with design files, best practices, approval statuses, and without the latest information, people be making equipment that is less safe. Many Manufacturers aren't sure what their machines and materials could make during an emergency situation. We are inspired to help support the distributed manufacturing model and help protect the people risking their lives to save ours.
What it does
a. This project is a centralized hub for distributed manufacturing of essential medical equipment and supplies, necessitated by the urgent needs of a pandemic that traditional manufacturing may not have the ability to respond to with the required speed and scale. It will have Maker Education, Manufacturer Education, Location-Based Donation & Need Matching, and importantly, and Open API for storing donor/donation/business/need information that can be used by the various sites for donation-tracking. b. The primary spokes in the hub will be i. Needs Tracker 1. Business Registration including Contact Information & Location of Hospitals and essential businesses, with the capability to report their needs. 2. Needs information should be available to website visitors, searchable and summarized by City, State, and Country, with the ability to view needs by Product by individual location. 3. Visitors should be able to contact businesses to discuss and coordinate donations. ii. Distributed Production Capabilities Tracker 1. Donor Registration including facility type, production process & materials summary, sanitization process, contact information, production capabilities (products), planned production capacity by product (claimed & unclaimed). 2. Donor information should be available to website visitors 3. Registered Businesses should be able to request available production capacity and contact the Donors. 4. Donors should be able to review Requested Donations from their unclaimed capacity and Accept/Reject the Request (accepting would mark the capacity claimed) iii. Pandemic Maker Hub 1. Organized by Product, up-to-date design file iterations, community feedback, testing status a. Products may be 3D printed or otherwise produced (e.g., sewed masks) b. Nice-to-have: professional engineer & user reviews 2. Links to Pandemic Maker Projects/Groups (e.g., Open Source Ventilator, OxVent) 3. Best Practices a. Pandemic Printing b. Donation Sanitization & Handoff 4. Key Links, including 3D Printing Training Resources, Equipment Regulations, and Materials & Funding Resources iv. Production Capability Identification 1. By Core Product (Masks, Face Shields, Gowns, Ventilators, Biohazard Suits, Bubble Masks, Isolation Bays, Emergency Ventilator Masks, Key Parts such as Valves), identify the Parts/Materials and required Manufacturing Equipment 2. Allow Users to enter Parts/Materials and Manufacturing Equipment, and identifies needed Products that the user is capable of producing.
How we built it
We built this using PHP, Laravel, Bootstrap, and a typical (but hackathon-speed build) process for W2O, using Github, and supporting continuous integration, and using AWS environments.
Challenges we ran into
The team finding time, for a virtual hackathon, on a weekend, was difficult. We were late to Slack/DevPost signup so most of our team's collaboration took place within our work chat instead of the hackathon Slack channel.
Accomplishments that we're proud of
Having a fully thought-out idea, executing to build services, pages, mockups, functionality definitions, and a content outline in such a short time period.
What we learned
Distributed manufacturing during a Pandemic is a large problem, so we needed to evolve the 'be another competing data source' for Donor/Maker information to being a shared data source and API that helps bring the data together, and helps solve the challenges of competing data.
What's next for Pandemic Response Distributed Manufacturing Hub
We need Makers & Engineers to help with our manufacturing taxonomy and functionality, as well as curate our education materials. We need Healthcare Professionals and Administrators who understand the urgent needs to help define a proper user experience. And we need more creatives, developers, engineers, and more people who want to help!
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bootstrap, laravel, php