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Freedom of Design: How Free-D is using 3D printing to empower women

Written by David

March 8, 2019

One UK organisation is helping disadvantaged women in India to gain high-value digital careers in the jewellery industry. Deputy Group Editor, Laura Griffiths, speaks to the founders about how they’re using 3D printing to break the cycle. According to the latest statistics from the International Labour Organisation (ILO) , for every 1,000 people in the world, there are 5.4 people living in modern slavery. Over 70% are women. But “knowledge is power” and London-based organisation, Free-D wants to use 3D technologies to empower women from at-risk backgrounds by giving them the opportunity to gain sought-after skills which lead to secure, high-value employment. The aptly named, Free-D was founded by Katherine Prescott and Siavash Mahdavi who first met at software start-up, Within, later acquired by Autodesk. With over two decades of experience in the 3D printing industry working across medical, aerospace, automotive and footwear, they started thinking more about the […]


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