Women in 3D Printing, an organization dedicated to uplifting women in the additive manufacturing industry, has announced it is working on a special edition of its annual DfAM report (Diversity for Additive Manufacturing). While past editions (there have been three to date) have focused primarily on the gender disparity in 3D printing, this upcoming edition will address a wider form of diversity and inclusion. As part of its research for the report, Women in 3D Printing is inviting members of the AM industry to partake in a quick survey about diversity in the workplace.
Women in 3D Printing was founded in 2014 by Nora Toure after she noticed how male dominated the industry was. Since then, the organization has successfully created a community for women in AM, through local chapters and events as well as through inspiring online content. One of the organizations more recent undertakings has been the publication of DfAM reports. The first report, spearheaded by Toure and AM journalist Sarah Goehrke, was published in April 2018 and combined objective data and subjective input to shed a light on the makeup of the AM workforce.
The report’s second edition was published in August 2018, and the third came out on Women’s Day 2019. This upcoming report will expand the definition of diversity, looking beyond gender to other areas, like race. The aim is to understand what the industry’s workforce looks like as well as to see what companies and groups in 3D printing are doing to encourage and promote a diverse workplace.
“We are currently working on a special edition of our annual #DfAM (Diversity for Additive Manufacturing) report, addressing diversity and inclusion beyond gender equality,” Women in 3D Printing writes. “We would love to learn what actions you are taking to enable inclusion in the workspace and how you think we could do a better job as an industry.”
Women in 3D Printing also recently appointed a board of directors. Members include: Nora Toure, Sarah Goehrke, Dana McCallum, Kristin Mulherin and Christina Perla. To participate in the upcoming DfAM report, start by filling out this short survey.