today’s honorary KisPians

…Doctors at the Chiari hospital, located near a region of Italy that has been particularly hard-hit by the coronavirus outbreak, raised the alarm on March 13 after it became clear their supplier would not be able to provide new ventilator valves in time.
They reached out to Nunzia Vallini — editor of the Giornale di Brescia, a local newspaper — who approached physicist and 3D printing expert Massimo Temporelli.
The duo began seeking someone local in possession of a 3D printer that could be taken to the hospital to reproduce the much-need spare valves for the ventilator.
Christian Fracassi, a local engineer and business owner, rose to the occasion, bringing his printer to the hospital and — within a matter of hours — succeeded in redesigning and printing a replacement part for the intensive care machine….


“I wish I didn’t have this on my shoulders right now. I wish it was on somebody else’s…”


  1. dick, not quite dead white guy
    Posted March 16, 2020 at 8:53 pm |

    “…the company that manufacturers the valves refused to supply Mr Fracassi and his associates with the specs for the original valve designs — and warned them off of trying to reproduce the part.”
    You have to do something?
    Yup – shove the broken valves up this asshole’s nose.

  2. TheBigHarry
    Posted March 16, 2020 at 8:55 pm |

    When NY goes into the San Francisco style forced quarantine, all residents in home 24-hours-a-day for three weeks, it’s going to get nasty. Cuomo better hope his helicopter pilot doesn’t leave without him.

  3. DougM ☞crotchety and judgmental☜
    Posted March 17, 2020 at 12:02 am |

    It seems that state & local gov’ts are discovering the meaning of federalism

  4. mech
    Posted March 17, 2020 at 6:30 am |

    Determine your assets and keep your ears open for problems that need solving.
    Awesome story.
    Are the complete plans on the internet to 3D print fully automatic unregistered ventilators?

  5. WeeBrowser
    Posted March 17, 2020 at 6:31 am |

    I’m always amazed at the a*holes who demand priveledge but refuse to do what’s right and expected of them. I first thought this was a Babylon Bee article but unfortunately it isn’t.

  6. jlw
    Posted March 17, 2020 at 7:04 am |

    it would be cool if you could notify the good guys in that story that they are now Honorary KisPians.

    any porch dwellers know how to speak or write Italian?

  7. accipiterNW
    Posted March 17, 2020 at 8:47 am |

    Inslee and the WA state dems would have all 3-D printers banned- cant have the people making high capacity mags if you’re trying to ban them.

  8. staghounds
    Posted March 17, 2020 at 11:13 am |

    I understand being overwhelmed with things and realising you can’t cope.

    That’s when you resign and get out of the way.

  9. OldFert
    Posted March 17, 2020 at 1:08 pm |

    1^ (d, nqdwg).
    With an abundance of caution(tm), I’ll have to add this isn’t so much a medical or pandemic emergency, as it’s an example of how we have lawyers inserted at every level to “mitigate risk.”

    And I’m wondering if the “stimulus” Trump is proposing isn’t just some sparkly thing being used to distract the press and other troublemakers.

  10. blake
    Posted March 17, 2020 at 1:52 pm |

    As has been pointed out elsewhere, Cuomo wants to have it both ways. He wants to tell the Feds, in the form of ICE, to pound sand yet, is demanding the Feds do more for NY when it comes to this virus.

    Also, considering the galling irony of San Francisco proclaiming a public health crisis, now, over the Corona Virus while ignoring bums defecating in the streets among all the discarded needles.

  11. Claire: rebellious pink pig with car keys - and a *cause*
    Posted March 18, 2020 at 2:50 pm |

    unserious people buffoons.