The company behind Maurer, a $150 printer, is making a $1.4 million investment in a new business, Maurer Industries.
The company will create a printer and sell it in China.
Maurer already has a product in development that is made by a small team in the Philippines.
The deal includes financing from the Alibaba-backed China Technology Group.
The Maurer name is a play on Maurer silk, which was invented in the 1500s and is still made today.
The silk-to-paper technology is one of the most widely used in the world, making it one of most valuable metals in the history of technology.
Maurers price is higher than most silk products, but it is cheaper than cotton and wool.
The new venture will make its mark in China by producing a printer for a Chinese market that has been growing rapidly over the past decade.
Maureans printer is expected to be ready in 2018.