No matter how steeped in the tech world you are, it’s impossible not to be wowed by some of the things female founders are up to with 3D printing.
By Jessica Stillman (Editor, Women 2.0)
With technology surrounding us nearly every second of the day, it’s easy to become blasé about exactly how amazing the tools and advances we take for granted actually are. And then you encounter 3D printing.
Producing everything from exoskeleton alternatives to traditional casts to security-foiling guns seemingly out of thin air, the sector is truly Star Trek stuff, reminding even the most jaded member of our tech-saturated world that the things we’ve been able to accomplish with machines really are astounding — and even more incredible breakthroughs are probably right around the corner.
And women are among the industry’s icons as well as its most innovative thinkers. Meet some of them below:
Laura Bosworth-Bucher (President & Co-founder, TeVido BioDevices)
Not every 3D printer makes objects; some actually print human tissue. TeVideo BioDevices is a biotech startup developing 3D technology to fabricate women’s breast tissue to repair damage after surgery. Amazing!
Ping Fu (Co-founder, Geomagic)
Recently acquired by 3D Systems, Geomagic provides software for 3D systems. Fu is now chief strategist at 3D and serves on the President’s National Advisory Council on Innovation and Entrepreneurship.
Neri Oxman (Founder, Mediated Matter Group at MIT’s Media Lab)
Oxman’s “work integrates the principles of biomimicry with manmade objects—think buildings that can ‘breath and sweat and think and grow and change,’” she told Interview. Check out her blog to learn more.
Virginia San Fratello (Co-founder & CCO, Emerging Objects)
Emerging Objects takes salt harvested from San Francisco Bay and transforms it into objects using a 3D printing process. San Fratello is an architect and professor of design at San Jose State University.
Marleen Vogelaar (CFO & Co-founder, Shapeways)
Shapeways received $30 million in Series C funding in April, prompting Wired to comment that the company “is doing for manufacturing, what the internet did for self-publishing, making it accessible to everyone.”
Do you know other women who are doing cool things in 3D printing?
Jessica Stillman is an editor at Women 2.0 and a freelance writer with interests in unconventional career paths, generational differences, and the future of work. She writes a daily column for Inc.com and has blogged for CBS MoneyWatch, GigaOM and Brazen Careerist, among others. Follow her on Twitter @entrylevelrebel.
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