LINK3D Merges Blockchain Technology and Industrial 3D Printing for the First Time

by | Apr 7, 2018 | Blockchain, Cryptocurrency News

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Over more than 2 years now, people have been witnessing the towering interest in incorporating Blockchain technology into the 3D printing world.

Blockchain is the underlying technology of decentralized cryptocurrency Bitcoin, is a set of records (blocks), that hold transactional data. In a secure transfer, important financial information, like recipient details, are then stored within the data set. Innovative companies all over the world are sitting up and taking notice, including LINK3D, which develops industrial 3D printing software to help organizations working to adopt Industry 4.0.

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The AM software company which is headquartered in New York City, introduced Digital Factory, its flagship, cloud-based SaaS (Software as a Service) that allows engineering companies to automatically manage all of their 3D printing processes for increased efficiency. Now LINK3D is announcing the first integration of blockchain technology for industrial 3D printing. Vishal Singh, LINK3D CTO and Co-Founder said,

“Blockchain technology can be utilized as the backbone technology in the digital manufacturing ecosystem. Our technology is the first of its kind and will absolutely simplify and secure 3D printing processes for all industries,” 

So far, LINK3D has laid its emphasis on software advancements for the industry. Now, with the introduction of the blockchain, the company will be able to connect the digital thread for AM. A LINK3D release stated,

 “For AM, blockchain technology offers a trusted middleware to stabilize an untrusted distributed network that continues to gain momentum and popularity in major industries.”

In 3D printing processes, it is important to possess certain features such as file integrity and traceability, which blockchain can help with. Till now a thread of data to help in all aspects of the 3D printing workflow, from conceptualization and design to final production, was missing. But now that the company has integrated blockchain into its Digital Factory, the product’s workflow and security have become stronger and more effective.

This tie up is meant to provide significant data auditability, governance, provenance, and validation

The technology can track the origination and evolution of every design file to make sure that intellectual property integrity is being upheld, and blockchain can also offer peace of mind during supply chain and logistics tracking, as a part can be tracked once shipped so companies know that the right person is opening it. In addition, real-time data logs from 3D printers can now be stored in, according to LINK3D, “an immutable way for forensics during recalls and for traceability.”

LINK3D’s newly integrated blockchain technology can help with the growth and survival of industrial 3D printing adoption, as it closes the loop to simplifying our 3D printing process management.

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