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[Updated] Medtronic releases all CAD files and PCB schematics for PB560 ventilator manufacturing

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Medtronic, one of the largest medical device manufacturers in the world, has released the design specifications for the Medtronic PB560 ventilator system to help address the shortage of ventilators due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The first release over 200 pages of documentation. In the v2 release that was just published, the firm made available manufacturing fixtures, printed circuit board drawings (including multiple BOMs), mechanical part drawings and even all 3D CAD files. Some of these parts could be rapidly produced using 3D printing and Medtronic is certainly not new to the technology.

This is truly a first and impressive initiative from Medtronic, as the company works with Tesla, at the automaker’s New York facility to scale up the US’s ventilator reserves. The documentation is also meant to help engineering firms who are looking to develop their own systems and have the capabilities to design all the necessary components. Medtronic also invites manufacturers, engineers, and other innovators to use these files as inspiration for their own innovations.

PB560 ventilatorLinks to the v1 and v2 documents, files and models can be found here. Medtronic has assured that even more documents pertaining to the PB560 ventilator system will be made available soon. These files may be used subject to the terms of the license agreement acknowledged and included in the attached files, within the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. While Medtronic is providing these assets free of charge for third-party development, according to the terms and conditions specified in your acknowledgment, the firm does not assume any liability or responsibility for its use or application.

As of March 18th Medtronics increased production by more than 40 percent to date and is on track to more than double its capacity to manufacture and supply ventilators in response to the urgent needs of patients and healthcare systems across the globe confronting COVID-19. Medtronic manufactures the Puritan Bennett 980 (PB 980) and Puritan Bennett 840 (PB 840) high-performance ventilators in Galway, Ireland, which are primarily designed for critically ill patients in high acuity setting. A COVID-19 patient (with or without an underlying health issue) could be such a critically ill patient.

With a standard price tag of about $8,000, the PB 650 portable ventilator was introduced in 2010 and has the recorded a decade of proficient performances, and it is also much simpler to carry and produce than the more advanced systems from Medtronic.

*This article was updated on April 1st, 2020 to reflect the fact that Medtronic made available all CAD files and PCB schematics in the v2 release


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Davide Sher

Since 2002, Davide has built up extensive experience as a technology journalist, market analyst and consultant for the additive manufacturing industry. Born in Milan, Italy, he spent 12 years in the United States, where he completed his studies at SUNY USB. As a journalist covering the tech and videogame industry for over 10 years, he began covering the AM industry in 2013, first as an international journalist and subsequently as a market analyst, focusing on the additive manufacturing industry and relative vertical markets. In 2016 he co-founded London-based 3dpbm. Today the company publishes the leading news and insights websites 3D Printing Media Network and Replicatore, as well as 3D Printing Business Directory, the largest global directory of companies in the additive manufacturing industry.

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  1. Dear Davide,
    Medtronic recently updated their release set to v.2 for PB560 and included below,
    Manufacturing fixtures
    Printed circuit board drawings (including multiple BOMs)
    3D CAD files
    Mechanical part drawings
    Best regards,
    Adem Kurt

    1. This is amazing. Thank you for letting us know, the article has been updated!

    2. Adem Kurt,

      I have down loaded Medtronic release set to v.1, v.2 and v.3.
      I am unable to find out Turbine part No. and Make. If you know can you share the details.

    3. say Kurt where I may dowload PB560 Dwgs .
      Thks Eng JADS

  2. Un Chapeau bas pour tous ceux qui ont participera cette iniative
    L’humanité peut survivre seulement si l’ensemble des humain s’uni

      1. Hi David, Can we get the CAD Models in Step Files, some of the models are not opening and Step Files conversion can be the quick solution as most 3D Cad Software can read the Step Files.

        Can we also get the Full Assembly of the 3D CAD with all covers and circuit boards in one Assembly.

        Kind Regards


        1. Not sure what you mean sorry. But we don’t have the files Medtronic does.

          1. Update: Medtronic said they are releasing the remaining files tomorrow “We’re targeting providing final packages of documents with additional BOMs and other information by April 3. “

  3. Hi David, Can we get the CAD Models in Step Files, some of the models are not opening and Step Files conversion can be the quick solution as most 3D Cad Software can read the Step Files.

    Can we also get the Full Assembly of the 3D CAD with all covers and circuit boards in one Assembly.

    Kind Regards


      1. I do not have any other information other than what Medtronic has offered

  4. Can you share location for files?
    Is there a bill of materials with manufacturers name for mechanical parts (turbine etc?)

  5. Hi Davide we are considering moving in this direction but many are of the opinion that the PB560 is useful for short-term emergency treatment only and not suitable for prolonged use. Do you have a view on that?

  6. I hope to know ,what can I do after we made this device , What we need to sell it . THX.

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