Every March 8th, people around the world are encouraged to think about the struggles that women have overcome and continue to endure. Though we have come far since the early days of women’s liberation movements, systemic and long-lasting inequalities between the sexes continue to affect women of all walks of life and in all parts of the world.

International Women’s Day is not only a day to reflect on the rights fought for and won by our ancestors, it is also a time to challenge current inequalities and look for ways to create a more egalitarian world.

As a woman working in the additive manufacturing industry, I am today thinking about the fact that tech and additive manufacturing remain male-dominated fields. I am thinking about why that is and how it can change. I am thinking not only about my own experience in the industry, but those of other women. Those who have been in the industry for a long time, pioneering the emerging technology, and those who are—like myself—at the beginning of their AM careers.

This International Women’s Day, we spoke to a number of women who are shaping the additive manufacturing industry from their respective fields and positions. They’ve each provided a unique insight into their experiences as women in the 3D printing sector and shared their hopes for the industry. On a personal note, I can’t thank each of these women enough for their contributions to this article.


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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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