Secure 3D printing communications
Wibu-Systems and EOS have developed a software interface to ensure the security of communication to the 3D printing system and the data preparation workstation and to safeguard the intellectual property of the owners of the parts. This API (Application Programing Interface) will enable Wibu-Systems and other Digital Right Management (DRM) vendors to connect their DRM solutions with EOS systems securely.
EOS has long been a user of Wibu-Systems’ CodeMeter technology for protecting and licensing its proprietary software for its R&D intensive business. Its technology works at the frontline of the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), making the vision of efficient and high-quality production on demand a reality, from rapid prototyping to production runs of complex technical parts and components.
However, secure devices and operating systems are not the only requirement for companies operating in the IIoT. The commercial users of EOS’ 3D printing systems want the same level of security extended to their own assets: Customers share their design, geometry, and especially process parameters for the AM build job, including their unique additive manufacturing know-how, with the manufacturing sites in charge of the actual production – often over wide distances and with only remote monitoring. They want to be sure that their components can neither be intercepted en route nor used for unauthorized production by manufacturing-as-a-service providers.
By cooperating with the encryption and licensing specialists at Wibu-Systems, EOS has found a means to offer its users that level of certainty and control over their digital assets. The challenge was to create a comprehensive system that covers every link in the chain, from the digital design to the finished product. EOS has developed and released an API to automate and integrate the complete data preparation into the existing software of customers and connect to the DRM system by Wibu-Systems. Files can be encrypted for secure transfer down to the individual 3D printer, and a secure counter is available to keep track of how often a file is used. With the new API supported by Wibu-Systems’ protection technology, EOS users can protect the proverbial last mile in communication with the 3D printing system and monetize their designs with pay-per-print licenses. The system not only closes the last gaps in the chain; it becomes a true business enabler with new revenue streams for its users.