California-based startup Cubichain Technologies along with CalRAM LLC. announced the successful demonstration of deployment of a blockchain network in order to protect the digital data stream for additionally manufactured aerospace titanium parts.
The blockchain cyber-security uses the MultiChain private blockchain platform that is based on Bitcoin Core. The application developed by Cubichain Technologies interfaces with the 3D printing and Additive Manufacturing industry processes in order to encrypt critical digital data that is associated with the binary part definition. It will then store that information on an internationally distributed private blockchain, the release stated.
The information that is stored in the blockchain provides an immutable copy of the original encrypted data. This data is used to verify transmitted copies of the digital part data, which are not altered, tampered with or otherwise hacked. The company’s demonstration showed that it can easily find part files that are tampered with.
“Both additive manufacturing and blockchain networks are disruptive technologies…combining the two will undoubtedly revolutionize the future of manufacturing. We see the greatest threats to additive manufacturing as cyber-physical hacking and counterfeiting…the deployment of a blockchain can combat both. It’s very exciting technology,” Shane Collins, Director Additive Manufacturing Programs for CalRAM stated.
The deployment of blockchain is when there is an absolute identification that is embedded in the part and cannot be altered and is preserved in an equally immutable ledger. With the integration of leading edge technologies, counterfeiting high value, mission critical parts will become exceedingly difficult and no longer profitable.
“In the next few years, strategic deployment of additive manufactured parts is anticipated to increase exponentially while the ability to protect the digital stream will outstrip existing centralized cyber-security measures giving way to the scalability and unbreakable security of the blockchain. What we accomplished today provides the proof-of-concept for a much larger closed-loop solution currently being developed,” Dr. Kenneth Newell, co-founder of Cubichain Technologies said.