Kudos to Oregon Business Magazine for its feature, Women’s Work, which details the chronic gender gap that continues in manufacturing. The article is based on interviews with female professionals in trade organizations, manufacturing firms, and higher education.

Together they show how improving gender representation requires a concerted approach from across the industry to reshape an institutionalized culture of gender-based segregation and redefine archaic norms of what work women can and cannot do.

Strategies proposed include:

  • Advising businesses that diversity will ease the labor shortage and improve the bottom line.

  • Promoting manufacturing careers to female students and professionals.

  • Providing supportive networks, like Women in Manufacturing and Oregon Tradeswomen, to help women secure employment and businesses find and retain female employees.

  • Breaking down the “bro culture” prevalent in manufacturing.

RapidMade CEO Renee Eaton, a Women in Manufacturing chair of its Oregon chapter was among the women featured in the article. RapidMade is a Portland-based additive manufacturing (3D printing) and engineering services firm.

The truck is reserved; the boxes are being packed, and we are counting down the hours - not days - until our move this Friday.  Just a reminder to customers with pending quotes, orders and deliveries, we will be working through Thursday (tomorrow) and packing tomorrow night for Friday's move.  If necessary, we will continue to run rush orders at our old location to ensure delivery dates are met.  Otherwise, we plan to move and install all equipment this weekend with a rolling start up on Monday.

If you have a concern about a specific 3D printing or engineering and design job, please don't hesitate to call our office - or better yet, email us, and we will respond - assuming we are not driving a large truck on I5 South.

Wish us luck!