As we celebrate International Women’s Day, a day dedicated to celebrating the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women, we want to take a moment to celebrate the accomplishments of Maria Shipman, the first ambassador for Women in 3D Printing in Wales.
Closing the gender gap in additive manufacturing
Maria Shipman is a student on MADE Cymru’s International Innovation Management MSc at University of Wales Trinity Saint David, and she is dedicated to closing the gender gap in additive manufacturing. At present, only 13% of the 3D printing industry comprises women, and only 11% of organisations are owned by women. Women in 3D Printing initiative aims to address the balance and encourage boardrooms to be 50% female.
Organising quarterly events in Wales
Maria’s dedication to closing the gender gap in additive manufacturing led to her appointment as the first ambassador for Women in 3D Printing in Wales. One of the ways Maria is working towards this goal is by organising quarterly events in Wales. The first event took place in Cardiff in November 2022 and was the first of its kind in Wales. The event included a small panel discussing career options followed by networking with likeminded females, and it helped to promote and support inspiring women in the additive manufacturing industry. The next one is being held on March 9th (sign up link at the bottom of this article).
Passionate about STEM education and inspiring future female engineers
Maria’s passion for the additive manufacturing industry stems from her own experience in jewellery making using state-of-the-art 3D printers. After working in the precious metal printing industry for three years, she founded Jewel Print, a start-up that offers an alternative manufacturing method to precious metal casting. Maria’s research concluded that there was an opportunity in the market, and she is now dedicated to opening doors for future female engineers.
Maria is passionate about educating young women about the amazing opportunities in STEM subjects, and she hopes to inspire others to combine their strengths and seize the opportunities that arise by merging Science, Technology, and Art. Despite her recent diagnosis of dyslexia, Maria has not let this hold her back, and she is determined to make a difference in the additive manufacturing industry.
Overcoming challenges and making a difference in the industry
Maria’s appointment as the first ambassador for Women in 3D Printing in Wales is a significant step towards achieving gender balance in the additive manufacturing industry. Her dedication to closing the gender gap and promoting inspiring women in the industry is inspiring, and her work with Jewel Print is changing the way we think about precious metal casting.
Lisa Lucas, Head of MADE Cymru said, “The MADE Cymru team are incredibly proud of Maria’s accomplishments and her dedication to promoting and supporting inspiring women in the additive manufacturing industry. Maria’s appointment as Wales’ first ambassador for Women in 3D Printing is a significant achievement, and her work is changing the face of the industry in Wales. As we celebrate International Women’s Day, we celebrate women like Maria who are breaking down barriers, overcoming challenges, and inspiring future generations of women to pursue their passions.”
As we celebrate International Women’s Day, we celebrate women like Maria who are making a difference in their fields and inspiring future generations of women to pursue their passions and overcome challenges. If you are interested in attending the next Women in 3D Printing event in Wales, make sure to follow them on Instagram and keep an eye out for future announcements.
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