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Authentise files new provisional patent for 3D Print Forensics
"Method for Tracing Digitally Manufactured Objects” takes a new approach to 3D printed guns
With this new patent, digitally-printed object would include one or multiple identifiers that enable investigators to trace any party along the value chain; the designer, the printer, and any intermediary. This would provide forensics with the ability to identify the entire chain of creation, much like fingerprinting.
Why is this important? Digital manufacturing devices, such as 3D printers, are able to fabricate objects of increasing complexity more easily than ever. The simplicity of their use allows even novices to construct and utilize such devices without any expert knowledge from others. To underline this point, Defense Distributed, a Texas based non-profit, recently released design files for a 3D printed gun, the “Liberator”
This patent allows Authentise to develop software to address the nexus of Intellectual Property and 3D printing. As part of the company’s research, it has addressed the issue of tracing digitally manufactured objects. Authentise has identified unique hallmarks to be identified or inserted in digitally manufactured objects and outlined ways in which to insert and identify such information. It has registered a provisional patent covering these inventions and is seeking further support to fully develop the technology.
Andre Wegner, Co-founder and CEO of Authentise, will speak at Inside 3D Printing Conference in San Jose next Tuesday, September 18 at 11:30 am.