The Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory is tasked with ensuring the security and reliability of the US nuclear weapons stockpile.

But it's not all about weapons at LLNL. The lab also works on creating solutions to problems which range from energy and environmental security to basic science and economic competitiveness, and since 1978, LLNL has taken down more than a hundred R&D 100 Awards – five of them in 2007 alone.

Located on a one-square-mile site east of Livermore, California, the lab has an annual budget of about $1.5 billion and a staff of some 5,800 employees.

Now FATHOM, an advanced technology company with expertise in 3D printing, has announced that they've entered into a technology development partnership with LLNL. The pact is aimed at bringing together the two institutions to work on the introduction and commercialization of new additive manufacturing technologies.

With offices in Oakland, CA, and Seattle, WA, FATHOM's portfolio of products and services includes professional 3D printers and manufacturing systems, prototyping and advanced manufacturing services and the design and engineering resources to support them.

"Additive manufacturing is rapidly changing the design and production of all kinds of products," said Diane Chinn, division leader of Materials Engineering at LLNL. "We're not only applying additive manufacturing to our core mission of national security, but seeking ways to accelerate the process and create new materials. We look forward to collaborating with FATHOM to explore new advances in this area."

The project is aimed at investigating the development of new materials and application-specific advancements such as hardware and software.

"FATHOM is very excited about this advanced technology partnership with Lawrence Livermore National Lab. Bringing together FATHOM's professional commercial industry expertise and LLNL's unique R&D capabilities, we will now have the ability to co-develop and introduce new technologies to help the 3D printing and additive manufacturing industry," said Rich Stump, Principal at FATHOM.