Wi3DP currently has over 80 chapters in 36 countries. "It is important that the additive manufacturing industry is reflective of the real world, and we want to send a clear message that it is for everyone," said Nora Toure, founder of Wi3DP. "We were looking for a partner to help us access even more people in the additive community in more ways, and we are proud to join SME, with its decades of expertise, on this important mission."
The two organizations plan to co-produce the Technology, Industry, People and Economics (TIPE) 2023 Conference and exhibit together at RAPID + TCT, taking place in Chicago in the same year.
SME and Wi3DP also plan to partner on a NextGen Mentorship pilot program, expanding on Wi3DP's existing program, and compile a Diversity for Additive Manufacturing 2023 Annual Report.