TCT Women in 3D Printing Innovator Award

Women in 3D Printing Innovator Award was featuring yet again at this years edition of the TCT Awards. They are a global organisation dedicated to promoting, supporting, and inspiring women who are using additive manufacturing (AM) technologies. Their mission is to increase the visibility of women in the AM industry and encourage more women to use 3D Printing technologies.

Women in 3D Printing has an international network of ambassadors which spans more than 30 chapters around the world. These ambassadors used their knowledge of the industry to create a shortlist of women who stand out as being especially innovative within the 3D printing and additive manufacturing industry. These finalists were then put to a public vote to determine the winner and for 2019 Professor Wai Yee Yeong was chosen for the TCT Women in 3D Printing Innovator Award.

Nora Toure – Founder of Women in 3D Printing

“We are thrilled to work with TCT for this first edition of the Women in 3D Printing Innovator Award. TCT is a great partner for Women in 3D Printing and after successful past collaborations, building this Award together makes perfect sense. As we promote female leaders and game-changers in the field of Additive Manufacturing on a weekly basis on our platform, partnering with TCT for this Award is a fantastic way to give even more visibility to those women innovators. “

Women in 3D Printing 2019 Winner



Active in 3D printing research since 2004, Professor Wai Yee Yeong has created multiple frontiers in 3D printing, taking the leads in 3D Bioprinting, electronics printing and metal printing research. Currently serving as Program Director at the Singapore Centre in 3D Printing (SC3DP), Wai Yee has contributed more than 130 technical papers, generating more than 3000 citations, and co-authored 2 textbooks. As an educator, Prof Wai Yee Yeong continues to improve the care of students as the Associate Chair (Students) at the School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at NTU. Besides her own research and innovation achievements, she is determined to create new generations of innovators in 3D printing.

Meet the finalists

Katherine Prescott


Katherine Prescott is the co-founder of Free-D, an organisation which looks to use 3D printing to fight modern slavery. Free-D uses 3D printing to upskill at-risk women, enabling them to become 3D printing engineers, CAD designers and makers and to gain financial independence. Partnered with leading local jewellery manufacturers and NGOs, Free-D ethically supplies jewellery to brands and retailers in order to provide further training and employment opportunities to women at-risk, harnessing fashion and technology as a force for good. Educated in Art and Design from Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, Prescott also previously served as a board observer at software companies Grow and Digital Forming as part of her tenure at early-stage technology investment office Mahdavi Investments and has a leading role at med-tech startup Motilent.



Laura Gilmour, Global Medical Business Development Manager of EOS since 2016, oversees the medical device business at EOS. Previously, Laura was a research engineer at Smith and Nephew Orthopedics where she and a team of engineers developed an advanced porous structure now used in orthopedic applications around the world. Laura is also a member of the SME Medical Additive Manufacturing/3D Printing Working Group and the Society of Women Engineers. She holds a bachelor’s degree in bioengineering from the University of Pittsburgh and a master’s degree in biomedical engineering from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center. Laura is also co-leading the efforts at EOS to expand the MakerGirl program, which introduces 7-10 year old girls to 3D printing, to Austin, TX and Anne Arbor, MI.



Formalloy Co-Founder and CEO, Melanie Lang holds a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering, M.S. in Systems Architecture & Engineering, and has over 15 years' experience as an engineer and program manager in the aerospace & defense industry. Lang is motivated by developing a disruptive technology that delivers geometrically complex components made from exotic materials at cost-effective prices with reasonable lead times. Her passion has made waves in metal additive manufacturing since co-founding Formalloy in 2016. In addition to her role at Formalloy, Melanie currently serves as the Vice President of Legislative Affairs for Navy League San Diego and is a Women in 3D Printing Ambassador.