Since the early days of the pandemic, Cyngn has been using its 3D printers to produce critical PPE for the healthcare industry. The effort has been ongoing for eleven months.
In April, Emily McNamara, Cyngn’s Director of Operations, came across a campaign to bring more resources to bear on the problem of PPE shortages.
“The need was great and our equipment was just sitting there while we were all working remotely,” said McNamara. “This seemed like a real opportunity for us to contribute to the pandemic effort.”
While on Zoom calls, the company went to work implementing its PPE plan, tapping a rotating list of Cyngn employees to come into Cyngn HQ to print and assemble masks.
“I guess I shouldn’t be surprised by how many people volunteered to contribute — but I was. Almost everyone signed up for a shift and I think that really made a difference. I mean, I know it was my idea but we really have to give a huge amount of credit to the vehicles team. I'm particularly grateful for John Wichmann, Andrea Mariotti, Clay Pottorff, and Manny Carrubba for coming in and helping to deliver upon this effort.”
Using a publicly available template, the company has produced several shipments’ worth of PPE for distribution to hospitals and healthcare clinics across Maryland and Nor-Cal.
As stay-at-home orders continue for companies in San Mateo County, this has been a great way for the Cyngn team to not only stay connected with its community but also with each other.