The security issues 3D printing should solve before going mainstream

The security issues 3D printing should solve before going mainstream

(Helpnet Security, 8/8/18)

It’s always fun when you can mix your personal hobbies and interests with your profession, and often the passion you carry for the things you love can lead to valuable and productive insights for your vocation as well. Let’s hope that theory proves true as this 20-year information security professional, and recent 3D printing enthusiast, considers the potential cybersecurity risks with additive manufacturing.

If I threw you for a second there with my “fancy words,” additive manufacturing (AM) is just the erudite term for 3D printing, a process where a computer-controlled device fuses various types of materials together to create three-dimensional objects from CAD or 3D models. 3D printing technology has revolutionized manufacturing, improving companies’ ability to create rapid prototypes inexpensively and test our engineering ideas. Furthermore, 3D printer evangelists envision a future where every home has one, which would transform the way we consume and recycle products. Finally, 3D printing is just tons of fun.

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