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EWI & Manufacturing: Living in the Present, Thinking About the Future

June 1, 2020

By Henry Cialone
President & CEO, EWI

We were all busy — BEFORE. And many of us are still busy. But today’s busy looks a little different than yesterday’s busy, and we’re operating in a significantly more unpredictable and rapidly changing environment as priorities shift, almost daily.

At EWI, the last couple of months have found us — like so many others — juggling those priorities. To name just a few:

  • In response to critical shortages of personal protective equipment (PPE), we partnered with Building Momentum of Alexandria, Virginia and leveraged our capacity for technology development and rapid prototyping to develop and test a protective medical mask in just a few weeks. The resulting vacuum-formed stopgap face mask design is now available to the public — and, unlike previous commercialization efforts, we’ve made it free via open source….

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