Data Security IP protection in Additive Manufacturing

Editor: Alexander Stark

Additive Manufacturing always entails the risk of data being stolen. If you want to avoid competitors stealing your intellectual property, there is a solution.

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With Codemeter, Wibu-Systems is offering a secure and long-established system that can handle all digital value chains in additive manufacturing.
With Codemeter, Wibu-Systems is offering a secure and long-established system that can handle all digital value chains in additive manufacturing.
(Source: Wibu Systems)

Even though 3D printing is still in its infancy, IP protection and usage counting can draw on a long history from other areas of application. Encryption, authentication, and licensing have been the bread-and-butter business of Wibu-Systems for more than three decades, and the tried-and-tested Codemeter technology already includes all the pieces to add state-of-the-art protection and monetisation capabilities.

At Formnext, the company will participate as part of the VDMA’s special expo zone. Alongside its partners, the technology experts will introduce visitors to their full complement of protection, licensing and security solutions. In Additive Manufacturing, the ability to not only protect one’s intangible, immaterial assets like product designs or production operating instructions, but to monetise these effectively and securely is paramount and of more vital importance than ever before in conventional manufacturing. Agility and flexibility are an asset in Additive Manufacturing as the ultimate expression of the vision of smart industry: Manufacturers not hemmed in by the restricted capabilities of monolithic machines, but free to create, for themselves or as a service. Producers and vendors can be one and the same company, or two independent partners in a free market for manufacturing services — with all the uncertainty that this new freedom can entail.

Wibu-Systems can build on the potential of its flagship technology Codemeter for securing and helping monetise intellectual property in modern, connected industry. With its solutions for different hardware, software, or cloud licensing setups and support for virtually every development and operating environment of note, Codemeter has been successfully used for creative IP protection, licensing and monetisation. This is why the industrial automation engineers at Siemens have taken Codemeter’s capabilities on board for their Totally Integrated Automation Portal (TIA Portal), an ideal complement for the AM sector with versatile automation capabilities. At Formnext, Stefan Bamberg, Wibu-System's Senior Key Account and Partner Manager, will host a demonstration of the TIA Portal and Codemeter.

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