Copy Protection For 3D Printing May Have Arrived

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Authentise has created a solution that prevents printable 3D blueprints from being saved, copied or shared.

Mountain View, Calif.–based Authentise claims to have devised a way to prevent piracy of 3D printing blueprints. The company's software allows the designs to print, but they disappear once the job is complete. "You don't receive the raw design file,” cofounder and CEO Andre Wegner told Technology Review, “so you can’t copy and share it.” 

The technology, which is designed to protect the interests of creators, could nip a potentially large problem in the bud—or it may just create a frustrating hurdle similar to DRM protection for music and movies.