With so many industry firsts, debuts and our own product launches that took place throughout 2017 (TCT AwardsRAPID + TCT and TCT Germany all made their debuts last year), it is difficult to pick just one highlight from the last twelve months.

However, from a personal point of view, a major high point was taking part in the UK’s first #3DTalk panel session with Women in 3D Printing and Cyant at TCT Show 2017.

Focussing on materials for 3D printing, the event brought together four female panelists to discuss advancements, impact on industry and what’s next for the development of AM (additive manufacturing) specific materials. Crucially, this was not just a “what is it like to be a woman in the industry?” discussion (though the topic certainly has its place) but rather a meeting of four experts to talk about one of the industry’s most interesting focus areas.

Nora Toure, founder of Women in 3D Printing, a group dedicated to support women in the AM industry, led the panel which included Dana McCallum, Head of Production Partnerships at Carbon, Sophie Jones, General Manager at Added Scientific, Dr. Nicola Jones, Marketing Manager at LPW Technology, and Martine van der Ent, European Sales Director at DSM Somos.

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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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