Straddling the technology and manufacturing industries, the burgeoning 3D printing sector receives much attention in market analyses and industry forecasts. One aspect of the industry that has been notably less subject to analysis, however, is its work force.

Like most technology-centered industries, additive manufacturing has largely remained a male-dominated sphere, a reality which has not been lost on the women working in the industry. Nora Toure, the founder of Women in 3D Printing, has been particularly outspoken about the gender gap in the industry, and has focused her efforts on highlighting some of the women who hold prominent positions in the field.

To understand the dynamics of the 3D printing work force and to continue to promote diversity in the industry, Toure recently teamed up with Sarah Goehrke, editor-in-chief of, to put together a quarterly report focused on gender diversity in additive manufacturing.

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