Counterfeiting within the new digital thread (Authentise Weekly News-In-Review – Week 47)

The augmented possibilities of 3D printing within the manufacturing industry hide new kinds of threats and dangers which should be confronted seriously. The nature of the new digital thread being formed within industrial businesses worldwide is such that new avenues of malicious interventions, theft or even sabotage become decentralized and digitized. CAD files can be corrupted remotely and invisibly; Intellectual Property (IP) can be stolen directly or be accessed by digitizing (3D scanning) physical assets; 3D printers’ firmware and control sensors can be compromised to alter the printing results invisibly to the human eye. Counterfeiting is high on the list of perils. The international community is moving to secure AM processes by installing safe practices within the thread. Authentise has very recently announced a partnership with Prototech to enable automatic watermarking of printed objects. New roads of securing 3D printed object are being explored, like leaving chemical signatures that are only readable through X-rays.

3D printing presents cyber security risks for aircraft manufacturers, says Atlantic Council report

The Atlantic Council, a Washington, D.C. think-tank has released a new report which outlines the benefits and risks of 3D printing within the aviation sector. The report is entitled “Aviation Security: Finding Lift, Minimizing Drag.” […] According to the report, additive manufacturing opens up the possibility for three main kinds of cyberattacks: deny, which consists of the disruption of deletion of firmware, software, and product designs; compromise, which is the theft of intellectual property and product design files; and sabotage, which refers to “undetected modification” of printing files with the intention of weakening parts and corrupting their functions.

Write the full report here.

ProtoTech Solutions and Authentise Enable Automatic Watermarks For 3D Printing

Authentise, a leader in process automation software for additive manufacturing, today announced that it has partnered with ProtoTech Solutions, a niche software development company in the CAD/CAM/CAE, 3D visualization and data interoperability domain, to help 3Diax customers automatically embed watermarks such as serial numbers into digital designs. This enables more efficient and reliable tracking and sorting of parts within factories. It also has the potential to significantly speed up the supply chain and reduce the number of counterfeit parts in circulation.

Check out the full press release here.

Chemical Ghost Signature Protect DED 3D Printed Parts From Counterfeiting

DED 3D printed titanium samples with varying taggant depths used in the InfraTrac study. Photo via 3D Printing and Additive Manufacturing journal.

The solution proposed by Dr. Sharon Flank et al. from InfraTrac, is to add spectral signatures to the 3D printed parts that can only be read via x-ray. This technique is more cost effective than some of the other methods of experimentation as it can be conducted using off-the-shelf devices. […] In InfraTrac’s study, an Optomec M7 LENS system is used to 3D print titanium alloy samples. Chemical taggants are added to the parts at different depths, and scanned using x-ray fluorescence (XRF) spectroscopy analysis in lab conditions.

Read the full article here.

 

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ProtoTech Solutions and Authentise Enable Automatic Watermarks For 3D Printing

New 3Diax Module to help drive additive manufacturing to production scale.

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Sandy, UT and Pune, India; Oct 31 2017 – Authentise, a leader in process automation software for additive manufacturing, today announced that it has partnered with ProtoTech Solutions, a niche software development company in the CAD/CAM/CAE, 3D visualization and data interoperability domain, to help 3Diax customers automatically embed watermarks such as serial numbers into digital designs.

As part of the agreement, ProtoTech will exclusively offer its watermarking technology through the 3Diax platform and Authentise will market the technology as the 3Diax Watermarking Module. The Module enables serial numbers, barcodes or other identifiers to be embedded at any point in the geometry – on the part, in the support structures, on an attached tag, and even below the surface so that it can only be detected by X-Ray or similar technologies. This enables more efficient and reliable tracking and sorting of parts within factories. It also has the potential to significantly speed up supply chain and reduce the number of counterfeit parts in circulation.

The combination with other 3Diax modules, such as the geometric search module, makes the tool even more powerful. As a result, geometries could be marked even if they are not identical by identifying the similarity of incoming objects to existing templates.

337f81e“We understand geometries and what it takes to change them on the fly” says Varun Bhartiya, Partner at ProtoTech Solutions. “The 3Diax infrastructure is the best way for subject matter experts like us to contribute to badly needed workflow automation in the additive manufacturing sector. Using AM’s unique ability to make differentiated designs at no additional cost our modules can be used to eliminate costly secondary processes such as laser-engraving. This is the first step in our partnership with Authentise to make additive manufacturing more efficient and turn it into a production alternative.”

07c513d9-834b-4970-a537-59593dc316d7“As all Modules on the 3Diax platform, Watermarking works ‘behind-the- hood’”, says Andre Wegner, CEO of Authentise. “This means the actions happen automatically, without the need for manual operator interactions, which saves our clients time and enables them to scale. The modular structure of the platform and the API access also enables us to integrate this module with others, or directly into corporate IT systems. We’re delighted to work with CAD software professionals such as ProtoTech to extend the platform”

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To find out more about the 3Diax modules, please visit www.authentise.com/modules.html

About ProtoTech Solutions: ProtoTech Solutions is a niche software development services provider in the domain of CAD/CAM/CAE, 3D visualization and data interoperability. The company was found in 2005 and have been helping global organizations achieve their time-to- market and business goals by developing 3D custom applications, CAD Plugins, 3D Mobile apps, 3D web apps, 3D PDF exporters, file exporters/importers, and host of mission-critical engineering application projects.

Find out more at www.prototechsolutions.com and follow on Twitter @ProtoTechSoln.
About Authentise: Authentise delivers software that enables the production-scale deployment of additive manufacturing. Its landmark products include the 3Diax modular platform as well as the Authentise Manufacturing Execution System. These tools use device data to solve discrete automation challenges and provide an avenue to fully automated order execution and tracking in additive manufacturing, reducing Total Cost of Ownership and speeding up product delivery. The company was founded in Silicon Valley in 2012 and has been covered by Bloomberg, the BBC, Wired, and others.

Find out more at www.authentise.com and follow on Twitter @authentise.

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Images of Serialisation: 1, 2, 3 (Caption: Serial numbers can be automatically implanted at a specific or general area of the part with the 3Diax Watermarking Module. Combined with the 3Diax Geometric Search Module, the new tool can extend beyond identical parts and implant a range of similar components.)
Image of Steganography (Caption: The 3Diax Watermarking Module can also enable non-human readable codes to be implanted into geometries. All watermarks can be implanted on tags, in support structures or on the surface or internal to the original object.)

Contact:

Andre Wegner
+16506918615
info@authentise.com