The Oak Ridge National Laboratory and a Cincinnati manufacturing company hope to speed up the availability of 3-D printing technology through a new agreement.
The national lab and Cincinnati, Incorporated signed a research and development agreement worth nearly $2 million dollars.
The goal is to speed up the production of equipment that can print polymer parts that could be used in the automotive, biomedical, aerospace and robotic industries.
"We can't pay back the taxpayer for their investment in research unless we hand it off to the private sector. We don't make anything and we don't sell anything. So we have to work with companies who do to get that technology out into the marketplace where it can generate those jobs and the economic growth that we all want to see," said Thom Mason, ORNL Director.
Officials say new technologies like 3-D printing will help create new job growth and strengthen US manufacturing and the economy.