Data Gumbo’s Blockchain to be Used to Secure 3D Printing of Parts
Yesterday industrial blockchain firm Data Gumbo announced a contract with Norway-based deep tech company Fieldmade. The Norwegian company delivers 3D designs so that its defense and energy clients can manufacture parts onsite. The project aims to leverage Data Gumbo’s blockchain network, GumboNet, to verify the origin of Fieldmade’s 3D product designs and materials. Houston-based Data Gumbo is backed by energy firms Saudi Aramco and Equinor.
With 3D printing, or additive manufacturing, the importance of using the correct design or quality of metallic components for parts cannot be overstated.
Fieldmade CEO, Christian Dunn Norberg, hopes Data Gumbo’s network will increase the trust in all stages of their equipment supply market place. He also mentions GumboNet offers Fieldmade additional security to protect intellectual property and other sensitive information, ensuring transactional certainty.
GumboNet will support Fieldmade’s 3D printing services across its aerospace defense and energy sectors, recording data ranging from intellectual property to delivery information. Data Gumbo also claims to be able to automate and implement smart contracts with ‘unprecedented speed, accuracy, visibility, and transparency.’…
3D Printing and other Decentralized Technologies
DECENTRALISATION. Technologies such as 3D printing and Blockchain represent a major trend with growing importance. This is the trend towards technology being used in a distributed, collaborative way, rather than being centrally controlled.
In 2015, this trend was still in its infancy, but could be seen through the ongoing evolution of the Internet through the “Internet of Things” to the “Internet of Industry”. Another name for the Internet of Industry, common in Germany, is “Industry 4.0”.
In this vision, people will be able to study designs, modify them, download them onto nearby 3D printers, and thereby create new goods. This will happen with minimal legal and contractual overhead, due to Blockchain.
These printers won’t necessarily be in people’s homes but will be accessible in the local neighbourhood. For example, in late 2013 the French La Poste launched an experimental trial of a new 3D printing service at a number of post offices in Boulogne-Billancourt and Paris. Items expected to be 3D printed as part of this trial include jewellery, cardholders, and smartphone cases, along with any other item whose design is contained on files brought by users to the post office.
As a comparison for the present status of 3D printing, we’re about the status of the IT industry in the 1970s. The field has its share of enthusiasts and pioneers, along with serious researchers doing serious research. However the field still lacks successful business models, powerful corporations focused on the subject, and full stable infrastructure. These changes lie ahead, building on what the Internet already provides…
Blockchain: What’s In It For The Manufacturing Industry?
Blockchain holds much promise for the manufacturing industry says Nitesh Bansal, Senior Vice President and Head of Manufacturing Practice – Americas and Europe, Infosys. In this video, he elaborate on how the technology can help industries like aviation, defense and others…