Why Security Is Paramount in Blockchain and 3D Printing

Additive manufacturing and blockchain technology are commonly described as disruptive technologies.  Nevertheless, these technologies have created new markets, value networks, and have the potential to displace established market leaders. Blockchain technology allows a direct connection between consumers and suppliers using cryptography to keep exchanges secure. The technology provides a decentralized database or ‘digital ledger’ of […]

Secure Additive Manufacturing Using Blockchain Technology with SAMPL Project

Because additive manufacturing processes quickly creates prototypes and spare parts for example, a number of security and copyright issues arise. Companies must take measures to have only authorized users have access to the data, ensure the original data is printed, and prevent pirate copies for being created. A solution prototype was developed within the framework […]

A Path to Expanding 3D PDF Use

How Advanced and Interactive 3D PDFs Made Collaboration Amongst External Partners and Suppliers a Success Suppliers in the automotive/aerospace manufacturing industries often use different CAD systems which result in various challenges in collaboration and the exchange of data. Because of the high number and complexity of disparate systems which can reach a global scale, designers […]

The Shift to Model Based Systems Engineering

In the past, engineering projects revolved around ‘document’ and ‘drawing’ centric processes which each contained fragments of information about the whole system. The major downside to this model was that it failed to keep and manage the ‘pieces of information and their connections’. This model also lacked quick access and consistent traceability when project data […]

A SMART Way of Integrating PTC ThingWorx IoT Platform with PLM and ALM Systems

Smart manufacturing starts with smart product engineering and design. By the year 2020, multiple studies have suggested the world’s population will have over 50 billion connected devices. Understanding the Internet of Things, IoT, is complex, but vital to the changing landscape of technology within engineering and design. Simply put, IoT is the massive connection of […]

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