In an industry where alleged “ground-breaking” solutions and “world firsts” are ten a penny and the word “evangelist” is thrown around often, it can be very easy to become cynical – though I’d take that over another mention of a Star Trek replicator any day. But when you meet someone who has a genuine passion for not only their job but the impact that they can have on the wider industry and generation, it’s hard not to be infected by their positivity and vigour for the technology. That is exactly what happened to me when I was introduced to Kadine James of Hobs Studio last month.

I speak to James as the 3D Tech Lead for the UK’s largest 3D printing bureau is gearing up to host the first Women in 3D Printing regional meet-up at the studio’s HereEast home inside London’s Olympic Park. The event is part of a growing network of chapters and events, spun out of the group founded by Nora Toure, to encourage more women to get involved and share their stories from the 3D printing industry.

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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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