3D printing company Rize has integrated digital rights management into physical 3D printed parts at the voxel-level; embedded QR codes can be used to provide compliance, authenticity and traceability.
This week at the Additive Manufacturing Users Group (AMUG) in St. Louis, 3D printing company Rize announced the launch of digitally augmented parts. They’ve demonstrated a series of 3D printed parts embedded with digital information in the form of QR codes.
The benefit of this is the establishment of a “digital thread” between the digital and physical part, where scanning a QR code would provide detailed information about the origins and purpose of the part. It could even help accelerate Industry 4.0 technologies like blockchain and AR/VR applications.
“The industry has faced significant challenges with parts that are non-compliant due to design changes, piracy, counterfeit and obsolescence, all of which negatively impacts your and your customers’ experiences and results in rework, recalls and loss of brand value,” writes Julie Reece, Vice President of Marketing at Rize.
“With our patented Augmented Polymer Deposition (APD) hybrid process, that combines extrusion and material jetting, you will be able to 3D print industrial parts with embedded markers that create an immutable connection to the digital part and bridge the gap between the virtual and real world.”
See the new technology demonstrated in the short video below:
Rize Demonstrate Advantages of their APD Process
The ability to create digitally augmented parts comes from Rize’s proprietary Augmented Polymer Deposition (APD) technology, which was first launched back in 2016. APD combines extrusion and voxel-level ink jetting capabilities, so that parts can be fabricated with seamless blue ink markings.
Using APD to 3D print secure information on an industrial part, in the form of a QR code for example, a common smartphone app can scan the part and instantly display the corresponding digital information.
One example of a real-world application would be for an engineer to store all of a part’s information online, and maintain digital augmentation of the part throughout its life-cycle.
This new capability also enhances the usage of the new 3MF format for 3D printing, which carries significant detail on the additive part from the digital world into the physical world.
“This is the first step towards embedding intelligent capabilities within the part and connecting them through a digital thread into the digital twin of the part,” remarked Andy Kalambi, Rize President and CEO.
“Rize is leading the integration of additive manufacturing into the digital ecosystem which will redefine the user and customer and experience and ultimately scale the technology to an entirely new segment of commercial and industrial users.”