3D printing processes have enormous potential to change future value patterns. Customized products can be produced in small batch sizes with maximum component flexibility. However, these advantages only really take effect in 3D printing service networks. In such networks, service processes such as industrial maintenance can benefit from the procurement of specific, additive spare parts, very short processing times and location-independence from the customer's requirements.

The prerequisite for the implementation of such networks is a functional and secure, cooperative order processing process between customers, 3D printing centres, maintenance service providers, manufacturers and platform operators in an open service network. Such an order processing process has not yet been fully described, nor is there an adequate IT infrastructure that allows such added value in the service network. Users, in particular, have many reservations about IT security technology and product warranty issues, both with regard to data protection and data security.

The It's Digitive research project, which was launched on 15 May 2017, is therefore investigating how 3D print-based services can be designed, controlled, secured and protected against manipulation. A project consortium representing the entire future value chain will develop the prerequisites for the cooperative handling of 3D print based services. The focus is on the protection of intellectual property and the development of secure and trustworthy order processing processes. Based on the identified risks and threats involved in this distributed order processing and the basic requirements of product warranty and data protection, appropriate security countermeasures will be developed using two use cases as examples and implemented as prototypes in a service platform for 3D print-based services as demonstrators.

Current news can be found on the project page.

Administrative Information

The research and development project "ITS DIGITIVE" (ERDF 0800889) is supported by grants from the State of North Rhine-Westphalia using funds from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) 2014-2020, "Investments in Growth and Jobs".

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