International Journal of Engineering Education
This paper addresses the collaborative journey of the SmithVent team, a 30-person distributed group of volunteers, who designed, fabricated, and tested a simplified and cost-efficient ventilator over a three-month period, and won the CoVent19 Challenge in July 2020. The paper first presents the SmithVent experience through a co-constructed narrative that describes the team’s approaches to collaborative distributed design and fabrication. The paper next reviews frameworks from five theoretical lenses and then details the process of extracting, synthesizing, and organizing relevant factors to create a new and emergent framework reflective of the SmithVent experience. Lastly, the paper discusses educational implications of the SmithVent experience and proposed framework, emphasizing that the team’s strategies provide a model for educational and industry settings for future collaborative and distributed design and fabrication.
distributed fabrication, collaboration, distributed design, virtual teams, remote making, remote learning, Scrum, ventilator, SmithVent, CoVent-19 Challenge, COVID-19
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Howe, Susannah; Ory, Eleanor C.; Carroll, Devin; Chu, Sarah; Clarke, Kalifa; Dalton, Beatrix; Dudek, Claire; Horne, Adrienne; Howe, Nicholas; Kazi, Sangye; Landeau, Astrid; Lin, Dan; DeGroot, Phoebe; Dixon, Emily; Sabry, Farida; and Widstrand, Alex, "The SmithVent Experience and a Framework for Collaborative Distributed Design and Fabrication" (2022). Engineering: Faculty Publications, Smith College, Northampton, MA.