The Connecticut Center for Advanced Technology (CCAT) and Hartford-based specialty insurer Hartford Steam Boiler (HSB) announced a partnership to study how companies adopting additive manufacturing can reduce risk.

As part of the multi-year agreement, HSB and CCAT staff will use CCAT’s facilities in East Hartford to research how to reduce risk while shifting to additive manufacturing (or 3D printing), said John Riggs, senior vice president of HSB’s Applied Technology Solutions.

“We are excited to be working with … CCAT, to help advance technology adoption in the marketplace as we develop ways to reduce risk throughout the manufacturing value chain,” Riggs said.

As part of the initiative, HSB and CCAT will research multi-purpose applications of technologies including additive and subtractive manufacturing, robotics, Internet of Things and artificial intelligence. They will evaluate strategies companies can use in adopting these technologies, and find ways to reduce risk among companies doing so.

“HSB is executing at the forefront of these technologies to provide risk mitigation strategies across multiple industries. CCAT’s work with HSB is an example of how technology can be applied to increase efficiency and competitiveness in a global market.”