US DOE says researchers at Oak Ridge are developing ways to help industry get up to speed fast to supply facemask filter media

OAK RIDGE, TN, June 22, 2020-

Technological innovation in advanced manufacturing is helping our nation overcome the unprecedented challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic. The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) National Laboratory and industry partners have heeded President Trump’s call to dramatically accelerate timelines to bolster the domestic manufacturing sector and redirect resources to areas of critical need.

Researchers at two advanced manufacturing facilities at DOE’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) are developing new ways to rapidly produce N95 filters, masks, face shields, test kit components, and more—all in support of the medical professionals on the front lines of the pandemic response.

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