April 28, 2014

Gartner recently estimated that by 2018, 3D printing will result in the loss of at least $100 billion per year in IP globally. In order to assist their customers to incorporate new production techniques into existing value chains securely, Authentise, the leading provider of authentication services for 3D Printing, announced today that it has formed partnership with Singapore-based Guardtime, the inventor of Keyless Signature Infrastructure (KSI).

Authentise launched the world's first API to stream 3D print files in April 2014. Its 3D Design Stream API enables design owners to stream 3D printable designs directly from their websites. Users are able to set up the print using a website widget, after which Authentise prepares the design for print and streams the underlying commands (or G-code) directly to the printer.

Founded in 2007, Guardtime is a company that creates technology for verifying the integrity of digitally stored data. Guardtime invented Keyless Signature Infrastructure (KSI) - a technology that allows any type of electronic activity to be independently, real-time verified using only formal mathematical methods, without the need for trusted administrators or cryptographic keys.

"This alliance launches 3D Printing assurance services and tools so that CIO'S & CTO'S can be assured their Intellectual Property is protected through distribution and consumption, with the benefits of Guardtime defense-grade enforcement and auditing mechanisms for commercial production." note the company in a press release. "Joint solution offers 3D Printing supplier and distribution integrity, secure 3D management streaming, and continuous monitoring tools, which can assure the quality of digital production data."

Andre Wegner, CEO of Authentise, comments: "3D Printing is no longer about prototypes. Manufacturing of final components already represent more than 30% of services in the industry and is of growing importance. Now software and services have to follow suit, and IP loss and litigation are a major concern. Through this partnership we are able to provide traditional supply chain actors with end to end security and indemnification that they need to benefit in this new era and stay ahead."


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-L wrote at 5/3/2014 6:06:23 AM:

This is clearly a group of people who have missed the point of 3D printing or simply don't understand the technology. In the end they will only come out looking foolish. Trying to commodify design is just pissing into the wind. For every bright designer/engineer who will build something and try to lock it down there are 10 who are willing to reverse engineer it and give it away for free. I am one of them. If you have something worth making, just share it. We will all be better off for it...

Perry Engel wrote at 4/28/2014 11:45:27 PM:

This all sounds great on paper, but the truth is this will only keep honest people honest. If someone wants something that is stored digitally it is a very good likelyhood a copy can be pirated. Same as movies, music, programs or any other digital property.

jd90 wrote at 4/28/2014 9:56:38 PM:

Sorry, I don't believe this is a solution. I won't hand over control of my machine to a third party, I don't think many will accept that. If it means never having access to the design, then that's unfortunate, but a better outcome.

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