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The 20 Most Influential Women in 3D Printing

The 3D printing industry is historically a very male-dominated industry, and you’d struggle to find many women in leading positions. But this situation is gradually changing for the better, and as the 3D printing industry grows in size and reach, it also grows in demographic diversity and inclusivity.

Here are the 25 most influential women in the 3D printing industry today. Each of them are shaping the way 3D printing makes a positive impact on design, engineering, personal 3D printing, and biotechnology.

Is there anyone else that you’d like to see in this list? Let us know in the comments, and we’ll add them in for a future update.

1. Neri Oxman, Professor at Mediated Matter Lab, MIT

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Who is she? MIT professor, PhD, designer, architect, artist, Neri Oxman has received more awards and recognitions to her creative talent than we can list here.

Many of her artistic experiments push the boundaries of 3D printing, often in collaboration and with the support of industry leaders Stratasys, have been among the most talked about and influential of the past five years. These include highly intricate multi-color, multi-material and multi-density objects made with Stratasys’ Connex3 polyjet technology and extrusion 3D printing with glass.

More on Neri Oxman here.

2. Limor “LadyAda” Fried, Founder of Adafruit

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Who is she? One of the women that best represents a new generation of makers and designers, she was the first female engineer on the cover of WIRED magazine and has received awards for her entrepreneurial achievements.

Limor Fried founded Adafruit as a place for learning electronics and making the best-designed products for makers. Adafruit has since grown into the leading online retailer for maker projects, with over 50 employees in the heart of NYC with a 15,000+ sq ft. factory. It has also expanded its offerings to include tools, equipment and electronics.

More on Limor Fried at Adafruit.

3. Arita Mattsoff, Global Marketing Manager at Stratasys

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Who is she? As the global VP of Marketing at Stratasys, by far the biggest company in the world of 3D printing, Arita is one of the most influential persons in the industry.

She previously held the same role at Objet (the company that merged with Stratasys) and has led the company’s marketing activities since 2010, all the way through the recent logo redesign and organizational redesign.

4. Kerry Hogarth, Founder of Additive Manufacturing Show

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Who is she? As founder of the influential 3D Printshow, Kerry has neatly packaged the concept of 3D printing for a mass audience, and the concept has since been exported to major locations around the world. It also helps that she won over all the key industry players to sign up as exhibitors and sponsors at her shows.

Currently, she is revamping the 3D Printshow into the new Additive Manufacturing Shows for Europe and the Americas in 2016.

5. Jennifer A. Lewis, Professor at Lewis Lab, Harvard and Founder of  Voxel8

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Who is she? The Lewis Lab is behind many innovations in the field of bioprinting and materials science. It generally focuses on the directed and self-assembly of soft functional materials, which are extruded through pneumatic extrusion systems.

Apart from breakthrough research on multi-material bioprinting of capillary networks, Prof Lewis also founded Voxel8, which uses a pneumatic extrusion 3D printing technology to build functional electronic devices.

More in Prof. Lewis here.

6. Iris Van Herpen, fashion designer and artist

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Who is she? Pushing the boundaries of 3D printing in high fashion? That would be Iris Van Herpen. Many of her collections — which have been exhibited at Amsterdam, London and Paris Fashion Week since 2010 — focus on the implementation of generative design and industrial 3D printing technologies.

Recent items such as Quaquaversal, Hacking Infinity, Biopiracy, Wilderness Embodied and Voltage and Hybrid Holism integrate several 3D technologies. She has also collaborated with Neri Oxman.

More on Iris van Herpen at her website.

7. Anouk Wipprecht, designer and artist

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Who is she? Wipprecht is an artist, designer, curator and lecturer in electronic couture. Many of her creations make intensive use of 3D printing, often in collaboration with 3D printing service Materialise.

She has worked with Black Eyed Peas, SuperBowl, Eurovision, as well as Audi, Volkswagen and more. Famous 3D printed incarnations include the Smoke Dress and Spider Dress. She is also curator of the TECHNOSENSUAL ‘Where Fashion meets Technology’ exhibition.

More on Anouk Wipprecht at her website.

8. Virginia San Fratello, Co-founder Emerging Objects, Assistant Professor at San José State University

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Who is she? Together with partner Ronald Rael, Virginia San Fratello is leading materials research in 3D printing, especially with an eye toward architectural and housing applications.

They founded the Rael-San Fratello architect studio, as well as Emerging Objects, a studio that focuses on experimenting with new materials for binder jetting technologies (in collaboration with 3D Systems). She was the recipient of Metropolis Magazine’s Next Generation Design Award for her Hydro Wall concept.

More on Virginia San Fratello at her website.

9. Bathsheba Grossman, Sculptor and Jewelry Designer

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Who is she?  Bathsheba Grossman is among the very first artists to explore the possibilities of direct metal 3D printing in jewelry, creating amazing products, like the Klein Bottle Opener, the Ora Pendant and the Cuttlefish Pendant. These items are some of the most recognizable and popular in the entire landscape of 3D printed things.

More of her work over here.

10. Marinella Levi, +Lab, Professor at Politecnico di Milano

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Who is she? Professor Levi has been a Full Professor at Milan’s Politecnico University, Chemical and Materials Engineering Department since 2007. 

In 2013 she founded the +Lab, which employs engineers, designers, researchers and makers to forge a multidisciplinary approach to 3D printing. It’s a place where teaching, research and design are blended together to develop innovations in materials and technology. Pro Levi is also actively collaborating with the green divisions of Italian energy giant ENI.

More on Professor Levi right here (Italian only).

11. Alice Taylor, Founder of MakieLab

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Who is she? MakiesLab is one of the first 3D printed consumer product companies in the world, and one of a very small group of independent toy companies outside of the big four (Mattel, Hasbro, etc). With the Makies dolls, Taylor demonstrated that 3D printing — in this case Selective Laser Sintering (SLS) technology — is feasible for actual production.

Taylor has a long list of professional experiences in media and interactive digital entertainment, including Vice President of Digital Content for BBC Worldwide and a commissioning editor for Channel 4 in the UK. In September 2006 she was named one of the Game Industry’s 100 Most Influential Women by Next Generation Magazine Online.

12. Niki Kaufman, Founder of Normal Ears

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Who is she? Kaufman uses professional FDM 3D printing to make custom earphones in a factory in lower Manhattan. The Normal Store is a futuristic space, with 3D printers in the walls which fabricate custom earphones through digital models of your ear canal created using a mobile app. The concept was inspired by Kaufman’s previous experience at Quirky.com, where she was a founding team member.

13. Rachel Park, Journalist

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Who is she? Rachel Park is perhaps the best-known journalist covering the 3D printing industry, and has been on this particular beat for nearly two decades. She’s a passionate advocate for the benefits and potential of additive manufacturing, but also very outspoken about the hyperbole and misinformation that sometimes clouds the industry.

Park was an editor at Rapid News Publications until 2008, then founder and Editor in Chief at 3Dprintingindustry.com, before moving to launch Disruptive Magazine in collaboration with 3D Printshow.

More on her active Twitter feed and in her column at All3DP.

14. Jemma “Jem” Redmond, Founder of Ourobotics

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Who is she? Starting out as a Project Engineer at Biotexo, working on gel-based extrusion 3D bioprinters, Redmond went on to start her own company, Ourobotic. The company has launched a bioprinter capable of using 10 different materials and switching automatically between them.

She also has an extensive knowledge of all physics, biology and material science involved in gel extrusion 3D printing, a segment that is shaping the future of artificial tissue and organ production.

More on Jemma Redmond’s blog here.

15. Danit Peleg, Designer and Lecturer

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Who is she? Fashion designer Danit Peleg rose to international media attention when her clothes collection went viral, which was entirely 3D printed using flexible materials and desktop Witbox 3D printers (supplied by TechFactory and BQ). She’s also a proficient public speaker and has held talks all over the world, including TEDx, to illustrate her lateral thinking approach.

More on Danit Peleg here.

16. Julielynn Wong, MD, MPH, Founder of 3D4MD lecturer

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Who is she? Dr. Wong is Harvard-educated public health physician, innovator, educator lecturer and pioneer in 3D printing medical devices in austere environments.

She carried out several experiments involving 3D printing and space exploration with NASA, and launched the first 3D printing learning activity for students and teachers at Canada’s only Challenger Learning Centre. She is also a frequent contributor to various media outlets including ABC News, Forbes, and the Huffington Post. 

More information on Julielynn Wong right here.

17. Grace Choi, Founder of Mink

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Who is she? The inventor of the Mink 3D printer and the pioneer of 3D makeup printing and digital fabrication, Choi has been recognized by Advertising Age’s Creativity 50 2014, Glamour’s 2014 Tech Hero of the Year, and listed as one of the “35 beauty superstars under 35”.

The Mink is not yet available on the market, but Choi has already had the opportunity to shape the future of 3D printing through her very captivating public speaking style.

More information on Grace Choi here.

18. Bridgette Mongeon, Sculptor

women in 3D printingWho is she? As an artist working with multiple 3D technologies (additive, subtractive and scanning), as well as other traditional manufacturing methods, Mongeon has extensive experience in combining them to create amazing works of art. She has collected this experience in the recent book ‘3D Technology in Fine Arts and Crafts’.

More on Bridgette Mongeon here.

19. Nora Toure, Creator of  Women in 3D Printing

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Who is she? Nora Toure works in San Francisco for 3D printing service Sculpteo as a sales manager. She also created the business group “Women in 3D Printing”, featuring leading women in our industry. The group has a website that profiles female influencers in the 3D Printing industry, plus a series of meetups featuring female speakers and a Linkedin group.

More information on Nora Toure’s Women in 3D printing here.

20. Gina Häußge, Founder of Octoprint

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Who is she? With the open source Octoprint software, Häußge developed a “snappy web interface for your 3D printer”. Using a Raspberry Pi, you can add a 3D printer to a wireless network, lets you control and monitor your prints, and even provides webcam features — and it’s totally free. Incredibly, she developed the Octoprint in 2012 over a 2 week Christmas vacation… and it’s taken over her life ever since.

More information on Häußge and Octoprint right here.

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