L3Harris is an agile global aerospace and defense technology innovator that delivers solutions to meet customers’ mission-critical needs. When a team of L3Harris engineers learned about an impossible challenge to build a low-cost ventilator out of readily-available parts, it responded swiftly to respond to an urgent need.
The team recruited support from both inside and outside the company to try and develop a solution for ventilator availability and critical care requirements around the world. The team developed the Innovative Inspiratory Ideas (i3) Breather after a five-day agile sprint design process modified for social distancing and remote participation, and delivered a prototype in three weeks.
“I am extremely proud and inspired by the i3 Breather team’s ability to develop a life-saving solution for a critical public health need in just three weeks,” said Sean Stackley, President, Integrated Mission Systems, L3Harris. “The result showcases their agility and innovative spirit and highlights the power of a government and industry partnership to combat a global crisis such as COVID-19.”
The i3 Breather was designed to be assembled and operated by personnel using easily producible and widely available parts.