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

The union’s goal is to “develop awareness, inspiration and entrepreneurial opportunities” among young women and diverse groups through outreach through America Makes, the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute.

Josh Cramer, Director of Education and Workforce Development at America Makes, said the technology provided by Ultimaker is a critical resource we need to increase representation of women and diverse populations in workplaces. technical fields and engineering, in particular additive manufacturing.

“We believe that the growing diversity of young people pursuing these types of careers will not only benefit the additive industry, but manufacturing as a whole,” Cramer said.

Printers are assembled in Memphis, Tenn.

They will be deployed from America Makes in conjunction with Ultimaker, and will include pairing with specific America Makes assets as needed tailored to school and community programming as well as training for instructors and volunteers, Cramer said.

The donation is worth more than $100,000.

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

Ultimaker will also support chosen programs through a bespoke set of software and information assets.

Schools, teachers, leaders, members and partners are encouraged to visit to learn more about America Makes 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 the next school year.

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