Deliberately Embedding Flaws in 3-D Printed Objects to Prevent Hacking

The market for additive manufacturing, more commonly referred to as 3-D printing, is set to grow nearly 26 percent this year to more than $5 billion, according to research firm Wohlers Associates.

Yet despite this booming market for additive manufacturing, the process still generally relies on shared computer aided design (CAD) files within either an organization or in the cloud. This leaves the design vulnerable to hackers and thieves looking to grab a design file to produce counterfeit parts.

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