Dilek SezenThe Woman in 3D Printing figure I am delighted to present in the blog today is Dilek Sezen. She got into 3D Printing only recently, but already created amazing collections out of this technology. I am thrilled to have her part of our community and to share her experience here.

Dilek, could you let us know how you got involved with 3D Printing?

Dilek: Overall, 3D printing caught my eye about two years ago. Initially, it was just a couple of things here and there, but then I started looking more into it. Luckily, we live in the Bay Area, a very active environment that embraces innovation, so soon enough, I was going to seminars, fairs, and taking classes about 3D design and printing.

Why using 3D Printing for your pieces of jewelry?

Dilek: There are many reasons why I got into 3D printing. Personally, about two years ago, I realized I wanted to break the routine I had molded for myself over the years. Then I had a chance to be the art director for an art exhibition. The content of the exhibition made me more aware of the social and economical changes around me and it also inspired me to look into other disciplines.

Professionally, I’ve always felt like the time and financial restrains of traditional manufacturing prevents you from expressing yourself as an artist. It creates boundaries between the design and the designer. On the other hand, 3D printing gives you choices that you did not have before. And this is not just limited to jewelry. I am also a painter, sculptor, and a designer of objets d’art and I am planning on incorporating 3D printing into all areas of design I am interested in.

Finally, 3D printing has also a lot of potential to be very environmentally friendly which is very appealing to me.

Do you think being a woman helps you in this industry?

Dilek: Even if it does, I don’t know it yet, because 3D design is a very new trade. In the twenty plus years I have spent as a designer, I have felt negative effects of being a woman from time to time. Maybe I am being overly optimistic, but with 3D design, I don’t think your gender is going to matter. When it comes to 3D design, you have to learn how to transform what you have in your mind into a digital platform and you also have to learn between three to ten software programs to be able to adequately do that, so what matters is how well you can learn these. With 3D printing, I don’t think being a woman will help you, but being a good designer will.

Anything you would like to share with our readers (in particular with our female readers)?

Dilek: Don’t be afraid of change no matter how impossible it seems. I know a lot of people say this, but it really needs to be said more. I could have come up with a thousand reasons why I should not dive nose first into a new trade of design, I could have said that it is meaningless to do this after so many years in my career, but that would just be limiting myself which is exactly the opposite of what I am trying achieve by 3D design and print.

Thank you Dilek for your involvement with Women in 3D Printing!

You can find more information about Dilek by reading her Bio. or checking her website!

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Nora is a 3D Printing expert since 2010, particularly skilled at building strategic alliances and strong business relationships.
Named among the 20 most influential women in Additive Manufacturing every year since 2015, Nora also received the Certificate of Honor in Manufacturing by the City of San Francisco in 2017 for her work with Women in 3D Printing, and was awarded Community Advocate of the year 2018 by her peers.

She started her career in Additive Manufacturing in 2010 by joining 3D Printing service leader, Sculpteo.

Nora joined Ivaldi Group in 2018. Ivaldi Group leverages cutting-edge additive manufacturing solutions to provide on-site parts on demand services for various industries. Drawing on a breadth of additive manufacturing industry experience, Ivaldi Group works across a range of stakeholders to digitize product portfolios and improve cost, risk and delivery for all parties, providing a Part Replacement as a Service solution.
As the VP of Strategy, Nora works closely with the CEO to build and implement the company's strategies in various segments: from core business value to customer relationship and parts production and delivery.

Nora founded Women in 3D Printing in 2014 to promote women leaders in the Additive Manufacturing industry. She also co-initiated and co-organizes #3DTalk, an industry-specific and educational event series featuring women in the 3D Printing and related industries. #3DTalks are global events hosted in various cities across the USA and Europe.

Pursuing her vision for more social inclusion, she joined 3D Africa as Board Advisor. 3D Africa is a youth and women economic empowerment program developed by the Youth for Technology Foundation (YTF), a nonprofit organization with years of experience combining education, technology, and economic development to transform economically challenged populations into self-sustainable communities. 3D Africa is part of the YTF’s Clinton Global Initiative 2016 Commitment to Action.

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