AAPN Coronavirus Sourcing Center views exceed 10,000

April 7th, 2020

The Americas Apparel Producers’ Network (AAPN) online Sourcing Center continues to produce for the medical community during the coronavirus crisis. Within 10 minutes of launching the center on March 22, the Center had its first post. As of April 3, it has had more than 10,000 views, more than 3,500 are now registered users, and there […]

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Pattern hub now available

April 6th, 2020

Sewn products industry organization SEAMS reports that, as it has been engaged with its members in helping to manufacture much needed PPE products for the U.S. Covid-19 pandemic.  As part of this collaboration with the industry, SEAMS has centralized many patterns required to produce PPE products from home creations to approved medical products for easy access. […]

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Top tips for operating a specialty fabrics business during a pandemic

April 1st, 2020

IFAI Division Webinars this week are bringing together diverse members of the specialty fabrics industry to discuss how they are navigating the COVID-19 crisis. For companies that are operational—that is, they have either been deemed essential businesses or they are not currently under a “shelter in place” order—worker health and safety is a major concern. […]

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Drexel U. works to fill critical need for masks and respirators

April 1st, 2020

Drexel University design professor Genevieve Dion shifted 3D knitting machines from a Dept. of Defense project to the challenge of developing masks and respirators, according to a story in the Philadelphia Inquirer. “This is an opportunity to show what advanced manufacturing can do and rapid prototyping can do,” said Dion, who directs Drexel’s Center for Functional […]

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ASTM providing free access to COVID-19-related standards

April 1st, 2020

ASTM International is providing no-cost public access to important ASTM standards used in the production and testing of personal protective equipment—including face masks, medical gowns, gloves and hand sanitizers—to support manufacturers, test labs, health care professionals and the general public as they respond to the global COVID-19 public health emergency. Click “Access” below, register if […]

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