MADE Cymru student appointed Wales’ first Ambassador for Women in 3D Printing


Maria Shipman is a student on MADE Cymru’s International Innovation Management MSc at University of Wales Trinity Saint David. She has also been made an Ambassador for Women in 3D Printing, a global network dedicated to closing the gender-gap in additive manufacturing.

New quarterly event in Wales

Maria has organised an event in Cardiff 7pm – 9pm, 10th November at Tramshed Tech as part of her new role. There will be a small panel discussing career options followed by networking with likeminded females. This is the first event of its kind in Wales and will help to promote and support inspiring women in the additive manufacturing industry. This will run quarterly.

The representation of women in 3D printing 

At the moment only 13% of the 3D printing industry are women and only 11% of organisations are owned by women. The Women in 3D Printing initiative want to address the balance and encourage boardrooms to be 50% female.

About Maria

Maria graduated from the School of Jewellery in Birmingham in 2017, creating her jewellery using state-of-the-art 3D printers. After working in the precious metal printing industry for 3 years and having opportunities such as being a judge at the prestigious Goldsmith Awards in the category of Designs for Direct Metal Laser Sintering, she took on the role of Knowledge Transfer Associate (as part of a KTP), completing research in commerciality and innovation within the jewellery manufacturing sector using additive manufacturing. Maria’s research concluded there was an opportunity in the market and Jewel Print was founded. This is a start-up that offers an alternative manufacturing method to precious metal casting. 

Maria said, “I am passionate about opening the doors for future female engineers and I am excited to have been appointed as an Ambassador for Women in 3D Printing – the first in Wales. The event I am organising will be fabulous and will create a really supportive network in Wales.

I want to educate young women about the amazing opportunities there are in STEM subjects. I wasrecently diagnosed with dyslexia and struggle with academic research, however I love combining mystrengths and seizing the opportunities that occur by merging Science, Technology and Art

I’m very much enjoying studying with MADE Cymru, the MSc is very interesting. I’ve learnt a lot more than I was expecting to and the lecturers and guest lecturers really help implement it into real life/ business situations.” 

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