Protecting additive manufacturing’s digital thread

According to National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) data, counterfeit aircraft components have contributed to almost two dozen crashes since 2010. … While continuously available verification enables operators and installers to weed-out illegitimate lookalike components, researchers at NYU’s Tandon School of Engineering are working on a technique to foil a 3D manufacturer or counterfeiter using stolen designs. … Cybersecurity tools can be applied as usual to make the files and cloud secure; however, in case the design files are stolen, there is nothing in the designs to deter printing a high-quality component,” said Nikhil Gupta, Associate Professor of mechanical engineering at NYU [Tandon].

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