A new startup company hopes to provide DRM-like services for 3D printing. Authentise wants to solve the problem of “losing” 3D models by using two different approaches.
The first approach is to silently include “watermarks” within 3D models. In this way a print could theoretically be traced back to the legitimate owner. Forensics could perhaps identify the source of the theft. It may not work in every case, but the presence of watermarks carrying unknown details may deter some intellectual property thieves from acting.
The second approach is more complex, we feel. Authentise has created SendShapes, a service for distributing 3D models. They’re trying to leverage the difference between a CAD 3D model and a printable STL 3D model. … (Read more)