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America Makes, partner to give away 3D printers

YOUNGSTOWN ­ Global 3D printing company Ultimaker will donate at least two dozen of its 3D printers to middle and high schools, and community and nonprofit organizations across the United States through a new partnership with Youngstown-based America Makes.

The goal of the union is to âgrow awareness, inspiration and entrepreneurship opportunitiesã among young women and diverse groups through education outreach through America Makes, the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute.

Josh Cramer, education and workforce development director at America Makes, said the technology Ultimaker has provided is âa critical resource we need to grow the representation of women and diverse populations in both technical fields and engineering ­ particularly additive manufacturing.ã

“We believe increasing diversity of youth pursuing these types of careers will not only benefit the additive industry but all of manufacturing,ã Cramer said.

The printers are assembled in Memphis, Tenn.

They will deploy from America Makes in collaboration with Ultimaker, and will include pairing with specific America Makes assets as per needs tailored to school and community-based programming as well as training for instructors and volunteers, Cramer said.

The donation is worth more than $100,000.

Schools and organizations must complete a partnership agreement outlining the collaboration and deployment of best practice educational assets with America Makes to be eligible for an appointment to receive an Ultimaker printer package.

Ultimaker will also support programs chosen through a tailored software and informational assets package.

Schools, teachers, leaders, members, and partners are encouraged to visit americamakes.us/amnation to learn more about America Makesá educational programs. Anchored within this site, potential collaborators will find information on academic programs, information on the partnership and submission forms for possible selection.

Applications will be open throughout next school year.

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