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Friday, April 29, 2016

Is It Possible To Stop 3D-Printed Counterfeit Products?

How Do You Stop 3D Printed Counterfeits?

Yu Yuan | April 28, 2016

With 3D printing technologies emerging rapidly and a wide variety of industries looking to adopt 3D printing to streamline production and save on material costs, there is a lot of potential for market expansion. In fact, the research firm Canalys has forecast the 3D printing market, which includes 3D printer sales, materials, and associated services, will continue to experience rapid growth and reach US $16.2 billion by 2018. 
[...] Specific concerns exist around preventing counterfeiting, and those are further complicated by a requirement to make 3D print jobs uniform and replicated with 100 percent accuracy no matter what particular printer is utilized. [...]

Pictured is a counterfeit £2 coin (left) compared to a genuine coin (right). The comparison reveals most fake coins lack detail and the coloring of the originals. Source:

<more at; related articles and links: (Illegal, Immoral, and Here to Stay: Counterfeiting and the 3D Printing Revolution. February 2015) and (How exactly will 3D printing combat counterfeiting additive manufactured products. February 5, 2016)>

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