3D printing will find itself as an integral part in our creative future. They have already gone as far as automating sculpting and even weapon development. With this comes a share of paranoia that a company from California aims to neutralize through a form of DRM. This will enable manufacturers to counter piracy attempts in the future. This, we believe is beyond paranoia, given that 3D printing helps you reproduce just about anything. So how about someone printing their favorite gizmo a few years from now or even a sedan you’ve been envying. Manufacturer could save a lot by distributing design of their models but well, they are surely not likely to do it for free. This could tempt pirates into doing what they do best. Hence, precautions are being taken right away, when it comes to dealing with replication of such models. The DRM-type system will enable the design to only receive a single stream and not a complete model design.
This technology will go live at SendShapes in September. “We’re already talking to a number of people about using the technology to enable buying of designs online, with an iTunes-like functionality,” Authentise CEO Andre Wegner told Technology Review. In the opposing army, Pirate Bay founder Tobias Andersson said, “The coming copy fights will be on a totally other level. I’m talking about the 3D printing revolution. In a few years, millions of blueprints of tools, car parts, clothing and weapons will be up for download. If there is a safe platform.”
[Via - Torrentfreak]