Women in 3D Printing started in 2014, from the simple blog you’re reading today, and from our founder’s desire to highlight and share the stories of the women shaping the Additive Manufacturing space every day.  Before embracing careers in 3D Printing and Additive Manufacturing, most of us had, and some still have, passions, hobbies, and jobs in other fields.  By the nature of Additive Manufacturing itself, because it is a manufacturing tool, it is meant to be used cross-industries. This is why we believe this industry should be enriched by the diverse backgrounds that compose its workforce. Unfortunately, we realize that because it is at the crossroad of tech and manufacturing, it is still male-dominated. Women in 3D Printing centers around the idea that we should embrace those diverse backgrounds because they are what makes this industry so rich and interesting.

With a mission of ‘Promoting, supporting, and inspiring women using Additive Manufacturing technologies,’ Women in 3D Printing seeks to foster a more diverse industry. By featuring women shaping our industry, our hope is to encourage more women to join the industry. Each week, we are highlighting a woman who contributes to our industry. You will find profiles of engineers, business professionals, teachers, researchers, artists, designers… We want to celebrate those women’s achievements and share their ideas and advice.

While working on shattering the gender glass ceiling, we realize that in order to be truly successful in our mission, we need to address diversity in its broader sense. Our web-magazine also features a semi-annual report, the #DfAM, standing for Diversity for Additive Manufacturing. This report is provided as a resource for understanding the shape and scope of diversity in the 3D printing industry.

In addition to our web-activities, we are building a strong network of global events, thanks to the support of our local ambassadors. We are inviting you to join us during those monthly gatherings, now happening all around the world.

Please contact Nora Toure at nora@womenin3dprinting.com for partnership opportunities, or to nominate a woman to be featured. Thank you for reading and being part of this community.