By KENNETH SWEENEY, APPLE, CA – JULY 23: The Apple logo is seen at its headquarters in Cupertino, California, on July 23, 2017.
REUTERS/Mike Blake/File PhotoThe iPhone maker and Google’s parent company are set to launch a $10-billion deal for three years of 3D printing, The Wall Street Journal reported, citing unnamed sources.
The deal is expected to close by the end of the year, according to the report.
Apple and Google will collaborate to build the first printers that use a printer-like platform to print objects, according the report, which cited a person familiar with the matter.
The technology could be used to make more durable parts for products that need to be easily recycled.
Apple is one of the most active companies developing 3D printers.
The iPhone maker is expected soon to begin shipping an iPhone 5C model that features an OLED display and a larger battery, according Reuters.
The company plans to begin selling its 3D printer for around $1,000 in 2018.
Google is a pioneer in the printing industry.
Its Nexus line of smartphones uses a printer that can make a smartphone out of a smartphone, tablet, desktop computer or other material, according The Verge.
Google also makes devices that can print out objects in any shape, from a flat, rounded smartphone to a curved smartphone with a 3D design.
Google’s technology, known as 3D Systems’ i-Print, has become one of Google’s most popular products.
In October, the company unveiled the first commercial version of its i-PROTECT™ self-healing coating, which it said would reduce scratches and tear.