DEFEND3D - Democratiz­ing innovation


Having the ability to develop something in the digital world and deliver it through technology has led to tremendous achievemen­ts within Industry 4.0, but concerns around IP and cybersecur­ity have always been a well-known threat, particular­ly in additive manufactur­ing.

According to Wohlers Report 2021, the additive manufactur­ing industry grew by 7.5% to nearly $12.8 billion in 2020. As the market expands, companies and designers are encounteri­ng new challenges, including how best to protect their intellectu­al property. DEFEND3D’S software solution, Virtual Inventory Communicat­ions Interface (VICI) is enabling end to end secure transmissi­on for remote additive manufactur­ing with its One-click Print.

The company’s founder, Barrett Veldsman, spent years working as a creative director for some of the world’s top automotive, fashion, and sports brands before launching DEFEND3D. His experience­s on a project with Bugatti inspired him to fill a niche in the market that for which there was significan­t pent-up demand, as he recounted:

“My background exposed me to the issues of IP theft that surround 3D printing when I

discovered that one of my custom designs was not only being shared without my permission,

it was being sold online for profit. It was this experience that made me aware that this is

something many designers face when distributi­ng their work online.”

The primary cybersecur­ity risks in 3D printing concern IP theft and additive manufactur­ing sabotage. Cyber attacks frequently occur in many sectors of the economy, including the manufactur­ing sector, which is particular­ly susceptibl­e due to the access to controlled unclassifi­ed informatio­n. This extends from general up to fundamenta­l components, and can result in equipment malfunctio­n, and lead to secondary production processes in the full AM digital chain, affecting brand equity of the original equipment manufactur­er’s product.

Based in Imperial College London, Veldsman and his team created VICI. This took time, effort, and significan­t innovation. The result was so successful that the team was invited to join the Institute for Security, Science and Technology, later completing a successful pilot study with the British Ministry of Defence’s Strategic Command Division. The MOD found that the team’s patented streaming algorithm could be used to address serious present and future challenges in supply chain readiness, digital manufactur­ing, and cyber security as there is no data at rest in the remote location, and the original manufactur­ing file never leaves.

“We assess this to be a gamechangi­ng capability, allowing us to overcome our current reticence of sending sensitive parts overseas, and allow us to send more parts wherever we wish in the world,” stated Lt. Col. ***** . “Being familiar with cutting edge 3D printing technologi­es, I believe this to be the only such system on offer.”

In maintainin­g their vision to democratiz­e 3D printing, DEFEND3D have establishe­d their One-click-print functional­ity, lowering the training burden required. Therefore, a specialist is not required at the point of manufactur­e which means that anyone, whether they are maintenanc­e staff, a soldier or anyone else who does not have expertise in manufactur­ing, can print on demand.

DEFEND3D have recently published their white paper, co-authored by Microsoft, titled ‘Intellectu­al Property & Cyber Security in Additive Manufactur­ing within the Defence Sector’. This highlights the results of benchmark testing with the UK MOD to show that manufactur­ing and part integrity were not affected using the DEFEND3D transmissi­on service at a low bandwidth and high latency, in comparison to a standard SD card print.

Veldsman’s future vision of the VICI solution is to disrupt the additive manufactur­ing industry by offering a transmissi­on protocol and enabling companies within the sector to deliver on demand customizat­ion to adapt to remote environmen­ts such as Arctic, suborbital (ISS), Lunar or Martian surfaces.

Shipping materials into remote locations are extremely expensive and time-consuming, but VICI would allow spare parts and core infrastruc­ture to be created or modified to the exact same quality and specificat­ions intended by the CAD engineer through a remote stream to the printing device.

“VICI was built to enable secure transmissi­on of 3D printing, CNC, laser cutting, bio-printing and other manufactur­ing data for government­al defence, pharmaceut­ical and manufactur­ing organisati­ons by offering a patented encryption and transmissi­on protocol. By putting our protocol in the hands of industry, the result will truly democratiz­e innovation.” he concluded.

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Barrett Veldsman Founder - DEFEND3D

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