Feds Exploring Blockchain’s Role in Securing 3D-Printing Files

Published by , February 20, 2018 2:44 pm

(GovTechWorks)  The General Services Administration’s Emerging Citizen Technology Office (GSA ECTO) is developing use cases and roadmaps to hasten government adoption and success with new technologies.
The Joint Staff’s J4 Logistics Directorate and the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Maintenance, Policy and Programs are collaborating on a project to create a digital supply chain, enabled by additive manufacturing. Blockchain’s role would be to secure the integrity of 3D printing files, seen as “especially vulnerable to cyber threats and intrusions.” The Navy is looking at the same concept.“The ability to secure and securely share data throughout the manufacturing process (from design, prototyping, testing, production and ultimately disposal) is critical to Additive Manufacturing and will form the foundation for future advanced manufacturing initiatives,” writes Lt. Cmdr. Jon McCarter, a member of the Fiscal 2017 Secretary of the Navy Naval Innovation Advisory Council (NIAC).

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