Mar 8, 2017 | By Tess
Today, on International Women's Day 2017, women from all walks of life are celebrating their achievements, both individual and collective, and recognizing the ongoing equality struggles that women all over the world are still facing. Today, many women will take to the streets to make this recognition public and to break down barriers that continue to exist socially, politically, and professionally.
We at 3Ders want to highlight and celebrate some of the women who have made an impact within the 3D printing industry (a still male-dominated field), and who have not only contributed to the advancement of the technology, but who have helped to challenge gender barriers in the tech field. From scientists, to company founders, to makers and engineers, to designers, women have played a crucial role in the proliferation of 3D printing across a number of industries. To recognize some of these inspiring women, we've compiled a (non-exhaustive) list of influential women in the industry:
Influential woman in 3D printing #1: Neri Oxman
It is not by chance that Israeli designer and architect Neri Oxman is at the top of our list of women in 3D printing as she has been responsible for some amazing advancements within the field of ecological architecture. Oxman, who is a professor at the MIT Media Lab, has been using 3D printing to usher in and introduce a new architectural philosophy that is inspired by nature and material ecology. Recently, at this year’s World Economic Forum in Davos Switzerland, Oxman even predicted that 3D printing would be responsible for a fourth industrial revolution not focused on exploitation and profit, but on humanity and ecological creation.
Influential woman in 3D printing #2: Jennifer A. Lewis
Dr. Jennifer A. Lewis, a professor at the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University, is also the co-founder of Voxel8, a startup that has begun to commercialize the 3D printing of functional materials, such as wires, embedded conductors, and batteries into the normal matrix materials of 3D printing. Lewis and her team of researchers have been responsible for making some big advancements in the field of multi-material 3D printing, having successfully 3D printed conductive inks, lightweight composites, lithium ion microbatteries, and embedded sensors in stretchable matrices. Lewis has also worked within the field of 4D printed structures, and has helped to develop quick changing multi-material printheads.
Influential woman in 3D printing #3: Grace Choi
Grace Choi, a graduate from Harvard Business School and the founder of the world’s first makeup 3D printer Mink, is another inspiring and successful female figure in the world of 3D printing. Her makeup 3D printer was first presented at Techcrunch Disrupt in 2014 and provoked much interest in both the maker community and mainstream news. Mink, which is capable of 3D printing custom colored makeup from colors selected by you on a desktop computer, even shocked the makeup industry through its capability to create any color on demand.
Influential woman in 3D printing #4: Caroline Walerud
25-year-old Caroline Walerud was recently added to Forbes’ renowned 30 under 30 for her innovative work developing 3D foot scanners and has also made it onto our list of inspiring women for her dedication to 3D scanning technologies and innovations. Walerud is the co-founder of Stockholm-based startup Volumental, which is using 3D scanning technologies to find the perfect fit for shoe-shoppers. Excitingly, the company recently made a deal with U.S. retailer Nordstrom to implement their 3D foot scanning system, and will soon branch out into their second phase of 3D facial scanning for opticians and eyewear brands.
Influential woman in 3D printing #5: Ann Marie Shillito
In 2007, contemporary designer/maker Ann Marie Shillito co-founded the Scotland-based 3D software development company Anarkik3D. Since then, Anarkik3D has been a useful platform for designers unaccustomed to using CAD technologies to work with 3D modeling. Created by and for designers, Shillito’s company has incorporated touch and tactility into 3D modeling through their signature haptic 3D mouse, making for a unique and innovative 3D design experience.
Influential woman in 3D printing #6: Nora Toure
Not only has Nora Toure had a successful career in the 3D printing industry working as Sales Manager for online 3D printing service Sculpteo, but she is also the founder of Women in 3D Printing, a progressive blog that highlights influential women within the 3D printing world all year round. Along with a team of four other women, Toure conducts interviews and writes profiles on women within the industry, effectively showcasing how crucial women are to the continued development of 3D printing technologies.
Influential woman in 3D printing #7: Kerry Hogarth
In 2012, Kerry Hogarth founded 3D Printshow with the aim of showcasing innovation within the 3D printing world and introducing the technology to other industries, such as the healthcare, aerospace, and automotive industries. Since its founding, Hogarth’s 3D Printshow has been recognized as the world’s first fully interactive 3D printing show and has gone on to host some of the most renowned events in the 3D printing world by bringing together the most innovative names of the industry with individual creatives using 3D printing. Though Hogarth sold part of her company to Tarsus PLC in 2014, she continues to work on spreading the potentials of 3D printing with 3D Printshow.
Influential woman in 3D printing #8: Cherie Stamm
Cherie Stamm, another influential woman in 3D printing, is the co-founder of Norwegian 3D software development company Uformia. With a background in IT technologies and digital processes, with a special interest in 3D modeling and printing, Stamm and her team have successfully created a volumetric 3D modeling software that is built to prioritize parametric 3D fabrication instead of just visualization. Not only that, Stamm has built her company around a humanitarian and ecological ethos focused on community development and open source innovation.
Influential woman in 3D printing #9: Stefanie Mueller
Stefanie Mueller was sure to make it onto our list of influential women in the industry as we have followed her various and impressive engineering projects over the past two years. Mueller is a PhD student in the Human Computer Interaction Group at the Hasso-Plattner-Institute in Germany, and has helped to create a number of notable projects in her time there, such at the LaserStacker, a 3D laser cutter; the Protopiper, a sort of large-scale 3D printing pen; a 3D patching system; Scotty, a conceptual teleporting 3D printer; Platener, a 3D software that uses both 3D printing and laser cutting; WirePrint, a generative software that speeds up prototyping; and faBrickator, a software that “legofies” your design.
Influential woman in 3D printing #10: Jessica Rosenkrantz
Jessica Rosenkrantz is one half of generative design studio Nervous System, which you may know from its amazing Kinematic designs. Along with her partner Jesse Louis-Rosenberg, Rosenkrantz has been integrating new technologies such as 3D printing, generative systems, and webGL, into unconventional design projects since 2007. Nervous System’s 3D printed kinematic flowing dress design, as well as their more recent 3D printed petal dress have provided a unique model for 3D printing a whole garment on a relatively small 3D printer. Rosenkrantz, a graduate in architecture and biology from MIT never ceases to inspire us through her uncanny ability to combine generative design, innovative materials, and 3D printing to create stunning works of fashion art. In fact, Nervous System’s 3D printed dresses are even featured at renowned art museums such as the MoMA and the MFA Boston.
Influential woman in 3D printing #11: Iris van Herpen
Of course we had to include Iris van Herpen on our list of innovative women within the field of 3D printing as the Dutch designer was the first to ever send a 3D printed fashion piece down the runway in 2010. Since the debut of that first piece, Crystallization, van Herpen has forged on into the world of 3D printed fashions making some of the most conceptually intricate and physically beautiful 3D printed garments we’ve ever seen. A pioneer of 3D printed fashion, van Herpen has been an inspiration to innovative fashion designers everywhere.
Influential woman in 3D printing #12: Danit Peleg
Israeli fashion designer Danit Peleg has also been a big inspiration to us at 3Ders, and we are sure many other designers and makers out there can say the same. The fashion design student made a name for herself last year when she designed and created an entire ready-to-wear collection on a desktop 3D printer. Not only did the additively manufactured garments turn out stunningly, but the collection was Peleg’s first 3D printed endeavour. Now, after the success of her stylish and accessible 3D printed garments, Peleg works as a technology advisor for designers and fashion houses.
Influential woman in 3D printing #13: Megumi Igarashi
Sometimes the most innovative and inspirational people are those who cause some controversy, which is exactly the case with Japanese artist Megumi Igarashi who 3D scanned and printed a sculpture of her own vagina. While the piece may have provoked interest almost anywhere, Igarashi was actually arrested for her 3D printed vagina as Japanese officials claimed she was illegally spreading obscenity. Now, two years after her initial arrest, Igarashi is still entangled in court processes and is being fined thousands of dollars, but has continued to create her progressive 3D printed artworks despite this. You go Rokude Nashiko! (Japanese for “bad girl”).
Influential woman in 3D printing #14: Anouk Wipprecht
Dutch designer Anouk Wipprecht is one of the leading forces in the field of Fashion-Tech, which seeks to combine fashion with engineering, science, and interactive user experience. The designer has not only forged an impressive path into the future of smart wearables, but has consistently used 3D printing technologies to do so. From her 3D printed Smoke Dress which was unveiled in 2013, to her 3D printed robotic Spider Dress, Anouk Wipprecht has truly brought fashion into the future with wearables that not only look amazing, but respond and react to their wearer and their environment.
Influential woman in 3D printing #15: Ping Fu
Ping Fu is the definition of a powerful tech entrepreneur, and is definitely one of the most inspirational women in 3D printing today. Fu is the co-founder of 3D software development company Geomagic, where she served as CEO until the company was acquired by 3D Systems in 2013. At that point, Fu rose to the occasion, and became Vice President and Chief Entrepreneur Officer at 3D Systems, one of the leading 3D printer companies in the world. Fu has been honored with several awards, including being named Inc. magazine's 2005 "Entrepreneur of the Year."
What's even more incredible, is that Ping Fu's massive influence in the tech world goes beyond 3D printing: In the early 1990s, while working at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA), she helped initiate Mosaic—an early web browser that helped popularize the World Wide Web as we know it today.
Influential woman in 3D printing #16: Cathy Lewis
3D Systems is one of the leading industrial 3D printer manufacturers in the world, thanks in large part to the business savvy of our next influential woman in 3D printing: Cathy Lewis. As Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer, Lewis is responsible for all marketing strategies and functions, including global branding, multi-channel marketing, and the positioning and marketing of the company's leadership and product services. Before joining 3D Systems, Lewis spent more than ten years at Xerox in a number of executive marketing and sales management positions. She then became CEO of Desktop Factory, a 3D printer startup that was acquired by 3D Systems in 2009. The rest, as they say, is history.
Influential woman in 3D printing #17: Marleen Vogelaar
Way back in 2007, Marleen Vogelaar, Peter Weijmarshausen and Robert Schouwenburg founded a small spin-off of Royal Philips Electronics, called Shapeways. Flash-forward almost a decade, and Shapeways is one of the leading 3D printing services and marketplaces worldwide. As COO/CFO of the company, Vogelaar was in charge of overseeing production both in New York City and the Netherlands, and although she resigned in 2014 to pursue new areas of work, her overarching vision as one of the lead founders had a lasting effect on Shapeways, and on the 3D printing industry as a whole.
Influential woman in 3D printing #18: Suz Somersall
Suz Somersall is notable for her passion for promoting STEAM education—that is, Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics, incredibly important areas of study that, unfortunately, young girls are often discouraged from pursuing. Recently, we wrote about Suz Somersall and her project KiraKira, which is using 3D printing and jewelry design tutorials to get young girls interested in engineering and new technologies. Somersall, an industrial designer herself, saw the importance of shrinking the gender gap in such fields as engineering, and is working to inspire the next generation of women to become active makers and innovators.
Influential woman in 3D printing #19: Barbara Hanna
Barbara Hanna has a PhD in Computer Vision and is co-founder of both Neuromatters and 3D printing startup, Cyant. Hanna is passionate about fostering engagement, creativity, and real-world problem solving using both Arts and Technology. Lately, that passion has turned towards 3D printing technology. Cyant is a creative project that teaches children STEAM concepts by allowing them to turn their drawings into 3D printed objects. It's a fun and hands-on experience that combines creativity with the technological skills they'll need for the future.
Influential woman in 3D printing #20: Gina Häußge
As the creator of OctoPrint, one of the most versatile and popular 3D printer hosts, Gina Häußge is undoubtedly on our list of influential women in the 3D printing industry. The German developer created the 3D printer host web interface in 2012 and has since maintained OctoPrint as a free and open source tool for makers everywhere. OctoPrint, for those unfamiliar, allows makers to wirelessly connect their 3D printers through a Raspberry Pi in order to easily monitor and control their prints remotely. According to Häußge, the monthly download rates for OctoPrint are in the thousands.
Influential woman in 3D printing #21: Mary Huang
In 2011, NY-based designer and technologist Mary Huang founded Continuum, a design studio that has become known for its innovative and stunning tech fashion pieces, including the N12 3D printed bikini, as well as ShoeKit, an open source DIY shoe-making kit that uses 3D printing. In founding and running Continuum, Huang, who studied design and media arts at UCLA and interaction design at CIID, has established herself as a pioneer of tech oriented fashion, and as a notable woman within the field of additive manufacturing.
Influential woman in 3D printing #22: Kegan Schouwenburg
Kegan Schouwenburg made her debut in the 3D printing world at 3D printing company Shapeways, where she worked for many years. Since then, the young entrepreneur has gone on to found her very own company, SOLS, which our readers may already know as a manufacturer of custom 3D printed insoles. Schouwenburg currently sits as CEO of the New York based 3D printing startup and is an inspiration to young industrial designers everywhere. What we particularly appreciate about Kegan Schouwenburg is not only her achievements within the field of 3D printing, but also her candidness about what is it like to run a business in the industry as a woman.
On February 22, 2017, footwear specialist Aetrex acuqires SOLS Systems. The SOLS team will begin integrating its product line immediately, and is expected to work with Aetrex's engineers on the newly launched Albert 3D foot scanner.
Influential woman in 3D printing #23: Joan Horvath
Joan Horvath, aka the “3D Printing Evangelist,” is the co-founder of Nonscriptum LLC, a 3D printing consulting firm that has helped many businesses and educational institutions to integrate additive manufacturing technologies in a strategic and beneficial way. Not only that, however, Horvath also has sixteen years under her belt, working for NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab on such programs as the Magellan spacecraft to Venus, and the TOPEX/Poseidon oceanography spacecraft. Clearly a boon to the aerospace and 3D printing industries, Joan Horvath has also made her knowledge and experiences accessible to makers everywhere through her many 3D printing books, as well as her blog, which is self-described as being made up of “Occasional musings about the intersection of education, science and the maker movement.”
Influential woman in 3D printing #24: Karolina Bołądź
Karolina Bołądź is the Chief Operating Officer (COO) at Zortrax, the Polish 3D printing company responsible for such systems as the M200 3D printer and the recently unveiled M300 3D printer. Bołądź, who has held her position at Zortrax since 2014, has seen the company through significant growth (including a 350% increase in filament sales earlier this year, and reaching 100k likes on Facebook) and has been a crucial player in keeping Zortrax’s brand reliable and trusted amongst its clientele.
Influential woman in 3D printing #25: Julielynn Wong
Harvard educated public health physician Julielynn Wong is on our list of influential women in 3D printing because of her company 3D4MD, which she founded in 2011. The company, which manufactures and develops 3D printed medical devices and supplies, is specially aimed at helping remote and marginalized locations. As the company states on its website, “3D4MD is committed to bringing quality healthcare services to people regardless of their race, national origin, religion or political affiliation.” For instance, Julielynn is responsible for designing a solar-powered mobile 3D printing system which is meant to be deployed in remote areas for the on site manufacturing of supplies. In addition to her duties for 3D4MD, Wong has contributed to the 3D printing community extensively through lectures, and more.
Influential woman in 3D printing #26: Limor “LadyAda” Fried
While many makers will know and likely have used Adafruit hardware, most will also likely know that the prolific open-source hardware company was founded by a woman, Limor Fried, also known by her moniker ladyada. Fried, an electrical engineer, is highly accomplished in the field of open-source hardware, being recognized for a number of achievements, including being the first female engineer to be featured on Wired’s cover page, being awarded the Pioneer Award by the Electronic Frontier Foundation in 2009, the Most Influential Women in Technology award by Fast Company magazine in 2011, and the Entrepreneur of the Year by Entrepreneur in 2012. Under Limor Fried ownership, Adafruit has been proudly maintained as a “100% woman owned company”.
Influential woman in 3D printing #27: Melissa Ng
Many of our readers will be familiar with 3D designer Melissa Ng, whose awesome cosplay designs for her design studio Lumecluster have wowed the maker community. Not only is Melissa a creative fantasy 3D designer, but she has also dedicated much of her work to supporting females within 3D design and cosplaying communities. For instance, she 3D printed stunning Dream Regalia armor for female geek activist Felicia Day, and proved to skeptics that women’s cosplay armor could be practical as well as beautiful with her 3D printed Sovereign Armor. Melissa Ng is a self-taught New York based artist. In addition to 3D printed armor, she also makes intricately designed 3D printed masks, jewelry, and art.
Influential woman in 3D printing #28: Eva Wolf
Eva Wolf is the co-founder of Airwolf 3D, a California-based 3D printer, software, and 3D printing materials manufacturer. Eva, who founded the well established company in 2012 with her husband Erick Wolf, has helped the company to expand its reach by reaching out to new investors and partners, as well as by building on Airwolf 3D’s internal infrastructure and external distribution. Notably, Airwolf 3D has taken a particularly inspiring approach towards STEM education, by developing specialized drone building kits for schools, as well as by donating a number of their AXIOM 3D printers to schools (despite a number of them being stolen).
Influential woman in 3D printing #29: Virginia San Fratello
Virginia San Fratello is one of the co-founders of Rael San Fratello, an innovative architecture design studio, and Emerging Objects, which has explored the use of some truly boundary pushing 3D printing building materials, such as salt, tea, and even rubber tire. San Fratello, who currently holds the position of Assistant Professor in Art & Design at the San José State University, has focused her inspiring work on the intersection of the digital, ecological, and design in architecture. Both Rael San Fratello and Emerging Objects were also co-founded by Ronald Rael, San Fratello’s partner.
Influential woman in 3D printing #30: Sherry Huss
The co-creator of Maker Faire, one of the largest show-and-tell events for the large maker community, Sherry Huss just had to be on our list of influential women in the 3D printing industry. Not only the co-creator of the event series—which just wrapped up its 2016 edition in New York— Huss is also the Vice President of Maker Media, which many makers will know is one of the leading global platforms dedicated to connecting makers with each other.
Influential woman in 3D printing #31: Michelle Mihevc
MIchelle Mihevc is the co-founder and CEO of California-based advanced technology company FATHOM. The company, which has many 3D printing and digital manufacturing systems (including the U.S.’s first Nano Dimension DragonFly 2020 3D printer) uses its expertise in additive manufacturing technologies to help business integrate them more efficiently into their processes. Mihevc was notably recognized as one of the Bay Area’s 2016 Most Influential Women in Business by the San Francisco Business Times.
Influential woman in 3D printing #32: Xinhua Wu
Xinhua Wu has an illustrious career within the field of additive manufacturing as she not only serves as Director for the Monash Centre for Additive Manufacturing at the University of Monash in Australia, but also teaches there as a professor in Materials Science and Engineering. Notably, Wu led a team of researchers from the Monash Centre for Additive Manufacturing that last year successfully 3D printed a jet engine. The 3D printed engine will reportedly undergo tests within the next couple years. Wu has also dedicated much of her own research to the advancement of laser additive manufacturing.
Influential woman in 3D printing #33: Katie Weimer
Katie Weimar is another woman who plays a crucial role in the 3D printing industry as she currently holds the position of Vice President of Medical Devices Healthcare at 3D printing giant 3D Systems. Weimer got her start in the industry working as senior manager of Medical Modeling, a manufacturer of custom 3D printed medical devices. When Medical Modeling was acquired by 3D Systems in 2013, Weimer was brought on, and has since used her expertise in 3D printing and medical devices to further research and advancements in the field.
Influential woman in 3D printing #34: Bathsheba Grossman
Sculptor Bathsheba Grossman is on our list of influential women in the industry as she was a pioneer for the use of 3D modeling and 3D printing in sculpture and jewelry design. Her pieces, often inspired by mathematical patterns and made from 3D printed steel, are internationally renowned and have been featured in a number of gallery exhibitions, as well as in the New York Times. Grossman also sells her smaller pieces, such as the stunning Borromean Rings Pendant, or the Klein Bottle pendant on her Shapeways page.
Influential woman in 3D printing #35: Liza Wallach Kloski
Liza Wallach Kloski is the co-founder of HoneyPoint3D, an online platform geared towards 3D printing education. The business, which started out in 2013 as a small 3D printing retail brand in Oakland Hills, California, has since organically transitioned into a predominantly web-based business, which offers a number of classes and workshops for 3D printing. Liza, who runs the business with her husband Nick, previously ran her own jewelry company, before being introduced to 3D printing technologies. With HoneyPoint3D, she is aiming to educate all ranges of people, about the potentials of additive manufacturing.
Influential woman in 3D printing #36: Lisa Federici
San Francisco-based Lisa Federici has been acting CEO of Scansite3D, one of the leading 3D scanning services, since 1994. The business, which has grown immeasurably under Federici’s leadership, has a loyal and established clientele which include such organizations and companies as Boeing, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, NASA, Richard MacDonald Studio, NIKE, Hyundai, Warner Bros, and the Smithsonian. For over two decades, Scansite3D has served as a reliable 3D scanning service, which keeps up with the most state-of-the-art scanning equipment. Notably, Federici has also been a strong proponent for the idea that women can be moms, entrepreneurs, wives, employees, and more all at once.
Influential woman in 3D printing #37: Njideka Harry
Njideka Harry, for those unfamiliar, is the founder, president and CEO of Youth for Technology Foundation (YTF), an international non-profit organization that is geared towards introducing young generations from low income communities in the United States and from rural areas in developing nations to new technologies, such as 3D printing. Notably, Njideka Harry has led forwards 3D Africa, a YTF effort that offers software development, mobile application, and 3D modeling training to young unemployed engineers in African nations so that they can monetize their skills more efficiently. Harry was born in Ibadan, Nigeria, and obtained her BBA at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She was also accepted as a post graduate fellow in the Reuters Digital Vision Fellowship at Stanford University.
Influential woman in 3D printing #38: Vaiva Kalnikaitė
Vaiva Kalnikaité is the founder and creative director of Cambridge, UK-based design studio Dovetailed. If the name sounds familiar, it is because Dovetailed has introduced some truly innovative projects, such as the Nufood 3D food printer, which is capable of 3D printing edibles out of liquid flavor drops. Other projects developed by Dovetailed include the Canary Hat, which was commissioned by the V&A, and which through a special 3D printed feather sensor is capable of telling the wearer when they are in proximity to a CCTV camera, as well as a 3D printed milk carton equipped with a camera that broadcasts your fridge to your neighbours (to encourage sharing food and reducing waste). As the 3D printing innovator has said, she is continually interested in “creating technologies for self-quantification, behavioural change, internet of things, wearables, and creative dining.”
Influential woman in 3D printing #39: Leila Ladani
While you may not have heard of Leila Ladani, the Iranian-American woman is certainly a force to reckoned within the field of 3D printing. An expert in additive manufacturing and nanomaterial and micro/nanoelectronics, Ladani has worked and researched for such illustrious agencies as NASA, the Office of Naval Research and the Air Force Research Institute. Currently, Leila Ladani also holds the position of Associate Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Connecticut, itself one of the leading educational investors in 3D printing research and equipment.
Influential woman in 3D printing #40: Louise Driggers
While Louise Driggers, aka “Loubie” has not founded her own company, she has made it onto our list for an equally notable reason. The talented 3D designer, whose 3D models on Thingiverse have been immensely popular, was embroiled in a 3D printing scandal which rallied the maker community together and ultimately drew attention to intellectual property rights surrounding 3D models. In short, Driggers posted a symbolic “sad face” 3D model to protest an eBay store that was selling people’s free designs, including her own, as 3D printed models. In the end, the makers won, as the eBay store removed the open-source models, and the event marks a milestone for the discourse surrounding intellectual property rights for digital 3D models.
Influential woman in 3D printing #41: Alice Taylor
Alice Taylor is the founder and CEO of MakieLab, an online toy platform that allows customers to design their very own 3D printed dolls. The UK based company, one of the first companies to retail 3D printed toys, has seen immense success over the past couple years, with partnerships with Disney and an upcoming expansion into the United States. Not only are Makie dolls awesome because they are 3D printed, but Alice Taylor has introduced a new level of customization to dolls and toys as clients can decide on their dolls look and features, from eye color, hair style, and even such distinguishing features as birthmarks, disabilities, etc. In this sense, Taylor is an inspiration as well as influential as she has used 3D printing to make toys more inclusive to all. In Feb., 2017, MakieLab has reportedly been acquired by Disney.
Influential woman in 3D printing #42: Jenny Wu
Jenny Wu, the founder of architecture and design firm Oyler Wu Collaborative, is also the founder of one of our favorite 3D printed jewelry lines, LACE. Wu’s jewelry is inspired by her architectural expertise, and reflects the increasing intersections between design and technology in wearables. The pieces, available through LACE’s online shop, often feature complex interlocking shapes, which while stunning to observe, are also a testament to the designer’s talent and artistry. In this way, Jenny Wu is another woman who is pushing the boundaries of what 3D printing can do and what it can mean in our lives.
Influential woman in 3D printing #43: Naomi Wu
Naomi Wu, better known as Sexy Cyborg, is a creative maker that has gained immense popularity within the maker community for her provocative 3D printed wearables. Her creations include a 3D printed underlit LED skirt, 3D printed shoes equipped with a penetration test kit, a 3D printed nano drone wrist mount, a 3D printed LCD shutter crop top, and more. Though Wu may initially grab attention for her "sexy" persona, the creativity and talent that go into her projects are notable. On her Thingiverse page, Wu modestly credits herself as a novice maker, though it seems her original projects and her executions of them are a bit beyond that. As always, we can't wait to see what Naomi "Sexy Cyborg" Wu comes up with next.
Of course, this is only the tip of the iceberg of women in 3D printing, as females increasingly fill crucial roles in the fields of education, technology, engineering, and more. Almost everyday we hear about inspiring and innovative projects within the 3D printing industry which are led and spearheaded by creative and ambitious women. To the women who are featured on our list: we can’t wait to see what’s next!
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Jazmin wrote at 3/15/2017 5:09:18 PM:
Love this! But Anja van West definitely deserves a place on this list, too! :)
Andre' wrote at 3/14/2017 9:00:59 AM:
GDay 3Ders Team, Great to see you have now included Naomi Wu. Awesome respect your way & for the Holy Grail of 3D Printing Info Sites. Love your work :)
Johanne Monteiro Correia Galindo wrote at 3/9/2017 5:10:25 PM:
The #43 is with wrong name.