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Defective products could result from cyberattacks on industrial 3D printers

Lucas Mearian | July 15, 2016
Defects introduced in 3D-printed parts were undetectable by common industrial monitoring techniques, study says

The researchers reported that the orientation of a 3D printed product during the manufacturing process could make as much as a 25% difference in its strength. However, since CAD files do not give instructions for printer head orientation, Gupta said, cyber attackers could deliberately alter the process without detection.

Karri added that with the growth of cloud-based and decentralized production environments, it is critical that all entities within the additive manufacturing supply chain are aware of the risks.

 

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