How digitizing the supply chain could save it, and the world (Authentise Weekly News-In-Review – #132)

The world of today is ripe with opportunities as well as problems to solve. Fortunately, we are now more equipped than ever before to address them, thanks to new technological tools that are changing the face of the supply chain. In the current state of political tensions and rising tariffs, digitized IPs and on-demand manufacturing through 3D printing could offer interesting new pathways to dealing with commerce. Similarly, IIoT technologies are being employed massively throughout the supply chain to tackle inefficiencies and operational awareness, where the food industry is already losing more than $150B to waste. Speaking of awareness, digital frameworks like the blockchain could give complete and transparent traceability to everything in our world, including where our products come from and their sources.

Want Relief From Tariffs And Trade Disruptions? It’s 3D Printing To The Rescue

USA and China trade war concept, cargo freight containers with flag.

The U.S.-China trade war drags on, with painful tariffs taking a chunk out of profits. Brexit promises more uncertainty in all regards, not only for the U.K. but for all of its trading partners—in essence, the whole world. One huge answer looks to be coming from the world of 3D printing, a.k.a. additive manufacturing (AM). […] it presents the possibility of shipping not parts or even finished goods across the world, but instead digital files. The results of that revolution could be even more staggering than those promised by the new production methods.

Read the full article at Forbes.

How the IIoT will make the cold chain smarter, safer and more efficient

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Refrigeration-equipment malfunctions, long wait times in hot locations like loading docks, and a lack of cold-chain resources in developing agricultural markets all contribute to the problem. Analysts estimate that solving these cold chain problems could save the food industry $150 billion a year in waste alone. Wireless sensors can help by providing visibility at every point from farm to retailer. These sensors are small, inexpensive, and easy to use in packaging, shipping containers, trucks, and warehouses to measure temperature, humidity and other conditions that affect product quality.

Keep reading at Smart Industry.

Climate in the Digital Age

This age of innovation is marked by a 50% increase in greenhouse gases and carbon dioxide levels in our atmosphere since 1990.

This age of innovation is marked by a 50% increase in greenhouse gases and carbon dioxide levels in our atmosphere since 1990. We’ve seen a rise in the global surface temperature of approximately 1-degree Celsius above pre-industrial levels. One of the greatest benefits of blockchain is that it empowers communities to create its own solutions and incentivization systems, rather than looking toward a higher centralized power. The World Economic Forum provides a framework of potential solutions that could be born from blockchain technology.

Read more at Forbes.

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USPTO Approves Authentise Secure Streaming and Monitoring Patent for Digital Manufacturing

Philadelphia, 1 March 2019 – Authentise (www.authentise.com), the leader in data-driven workflow tools for additive manufacturing, today announced that the USPTO has approved its patent: ‘System, method and Program Product for Digital Production Management.’

The patent shows how streaming designs or machine code directly into manufacturing devices (down the PLCs that control the individual movements within the machine, eventually) can help not only protect the intellectual property of the part but enable remote integrity control (by monitoring the feedback remotely) and close the loop completely by making remote in-process amendments, such as integrating watermarks in the object once we’ve verified that the part was produced correctly.

“We are happy to have our leadership in advanced security and integrity tools for digital manufacturing, and additive in particular, recognized by the US Patent Office,” says Andre Wegner, CEO of Authentise. “The patent was a foundational piece of our early days, and while the distributed manufacturing future it predicted is further away than we hoped it still sends important messages. First is that data-enabled manufacturing processes such as additive manufacturing can deliver entirely new functionality such as digital quality assurance and seamless intellectual property protection. Secondly, that the resulting new business models such as distributed manufacturing are an inevitability that we must invest in, today.”

The technology described in the patent is available as an add-on module to Authentise’s Additive Accelerator, the data-driven workflow management solution used by the world’s leading additive manufacturing users. The solution is on display at the Additive Manufacturing User Group (AMUG) event in Chicago, starting March 31, 2019.

Our CEO Andre Wegner wrote in this LinkedIn article how this patent is important to guide the AM industry forward.

Governments Driving AM (Authentise Weekly News-In-Review – Week 10)

Hi everyone, here we go for another weekly News-In-Review!

This week we highlight, through our selected news, how AM is bringing the wind of change to countries’ industrial planning and policies and how its inclusion has driven economic growth. Through wise policy making and good support investments, countries like South Africa and England and enabling the creation of business ecosystems, both startups and well-established realities. Germany is already harvesting the fruits of long standing AM companies, with innovation driven partnerships in the automotive industry and beyond.

Here’s to more international effort to get into AM!

Let’s dig in.

UK publishes Digital Strategy outlining plans for Makerspaces, IP protection for 3D printing, and internationally connected Tech Hubs

Westminster, including London's Houses of Parliament. Photo by Ged Carroll, on Flickr as renaissancechambara

The UK Department for Culture, Media & Sport has released a Digital Strategy for economic, educational and infrastructural growth of the nation. The policy follows a seven prong plan touching on the concepts of Makerspaces, FabLabs, 3D imaging, intellectual property for 3D printing, and growing international Tech Hubs. In February 2017, London Mayor Sadiq Khan also announced plans for a hub of industry in East London. As part of a total regeneration of the area, Silvertown is expected to feature the largest 3D printing facility in the UK.

Read more here.

South Africa in talks with Airbus, Boeing to print 3D parts

An Airbus A400M military aircraft. REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch

Officially launched in 2011 and backed by government, the Aeroswift research project last year produced its first three demonstrator parts – a pilot’s throttle lever, a condition lever grip which is part of the throttle assembly, and a fuel tank pylon bracket, in a digital process known as 3D printing, or additive layer manufacturing. […] South Africa’s Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), in partnership with local aerospace firm Aerosud Innovation Centre, say access to vast titanium reserves as well as pioneering the world’s largest titanium powder-based 3D printing machine should give them a competitive edge.

Read the full article here.

Five Stories Indicating Auto 3D Printing Is Kicking into High Gear

A 3D-printed water pump wheel for use in a DTM racecar. (Image courtesy of the BMW Group.)

Although there are numerous stories regarding the use of additive manufacturing (AM) in aerospace, due to the specialty components needed for critical applications, AM is also becoming increasingly prevalent for end part production in auto manufacturing. Below are just five of the big automotive AM stories that demonstrate its potential for auto manufacturing.

Read about the five stories at Engineering.com

 

AERODEF 2017:  We have a session titled ‘Additive Manufacturing from Lab to Production Scale‘ on Thursday 3/9 at 10 am, room 102 at Aerodef. Come see us, we’d love to meet you!

This is it for this week, don’t forget to follow us on Twitter and come back next week for the upcoming edition.

SexShop3D Partners With Authentise To Offer Secure Streaming Of 3D Files

APRIL 21, 2015

Every day the sex toy industry is expanding and breaking into the mainstream culture. Sex toys have come out of the bedroom and become something openly discussed by people who a few generations back would have considered the topic taboo. Technology will only make these items more accessible for the average person. The Internet allows people to search for fun and exciting toys from the comfort of their homes with a selection that cannot be beat by brick-and-mortar stores.

We are witnessing an exciting time for the industry since 3D printing came along. The availability and convenience of 3D printers combined with the advantages of online shopping mean that customers are now able to shop and have their own sex toy created before their eyes in a fraction of the time shipping takes. This growth is even more remarkable as it brings in a few advantages we wish for when shopping for sex toys: privacy, convenience, customization, speed, low cost, etc.

Authentise partnership

SexShop3D partnered with Authentise, the leading licencing platform for 3D printing, to provide its customers and creators a complete hassle-free experience. The great team at Authentise built a technology that optimizes designs and securely streams them to printers. This streaming service monitors production and ensures its quality. It helps customers through the printing process and it addresses designers’ concerns about file security.

Pay-per-print model

Many 3D designers do not share their designs because they fear they are going to be modified, shared, or even sold without their consent. With Authentise software, instead of paying to download the files, customers are able to print their sex toy once. They never download or own the design, it is securely streamed to the printer. The result of streaming 3D models directly to printers is an enhanced user experience and an improved print quality. Both customers and creators benefit from Authentise technology.

Never before have companies been able to combine privacy, selection, creativity, security, and most of all fun! Follow us on Facebook and Twitter, and don’t forget to sign up to our newsletter for the latest SexShop3D and 3D printing news.

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Authentise mentioned in the Chicago Tribue

Tracy said manufacturing constraints — once a limit for the aircraft manufacturer — were fading in the face of new materials and the ability to design, analyze and certify parts made from new processes. The tendency of manufacturing to become an information business led Wegner to foresee a day when software — and not engineers — would design the shape of parts whose characteristics were keyed in as guidelines.

Hop on over to the Chicago Tribune to see more. Amazing event hosted by GE Ventures at the outskirts of IMTS in Chicago – honoured to be a part of it.