Women in 3D Printing Partners With Hivebrite

Partnership enables launch of global online community to advance diversity in the additive manufacturing industry.

Partnership enables launch of global online community to advance diversity in the additive manufacturing industry.

Women in 3D Printing, a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting women using additive manufacturing technologies, chooses Hivebrite's community management and engagement platform to scale its growth and impact, the organizations report.

Through personal interviews, shared experiences, and industry resources, the volunteer-led nonprofit has become a global movement, according to the organization. It is a large community in the 3D printing industry and encourages people of all backgrounds and identities to join, Women in 3D Printing reports.

The global 3D printing market was valued at USD$13.84 billion in 2021 and is expected to expand at a compound annual growth rate of 20.8% from 2022 to 2030.

Women in 3D Printing Founder Nora Touré, intending to make 3D printing technology more accessible and the industry more diverse, started a blog to elevate the voices and share the expertise of women working in the additive industry.

Inspired by the blog's content, 3D printing professionals worldwide reportedly began to reach out to each other, hold events, and share ideas related to the additive industry.

To sustain and accelerate its impact, Women in 3D Printing moved to launch an official community to facilitate connections and conversations between people related to 3D printing on a global scale.

The community has over 30,000 members and needed a platform to support its 75 chapters and affinity groups worldwide. Previously, each group worked in a silo with little contact with the broader community. 

After demo-ing several platforms in the community management space and comparing features, Women in 3D Printing determined that Hivebrite was the best fit for its needs, according to the organization.

With Hivebrite's Group module, each group can now operate independently within a centralized platform—enhancing the potential of each group's impact.

Volunteers can now post news, organize events, share resources, generate group analytic reports and create forum discussions specific to their group—giving the core team visibility on their activities and results. The core team can share events and content from different groups within the wider community to boost reach and impact.

The Hivebrite-powered community is now the primary mode of connection and communication for all members globally. It centralizes all members, communication, resources, and tools in one online space, according to Women in 3D Printing.

Connecting people and encouraging meaningful relationships is facilitated by the interactive directory that allows members to quickly and easily search for peers based on expertise, experience and location.

Members from different geographies, commodities and sectors can send direct messages to others to grow their network, exchange ideas, share career opportunities and share and access resources via the resource center.

Sources: Press materials received from the company and additional information gleaned from the company’s website.

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