GE Turns To Blockchain For 3D-Printing Verification & Validation
According to a patent filing on June 21 by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), Industrial conglomerate General Electric (GE) wants to use a blockchain to verify 3D-printed parts in its supply chain.
The application outlines a method for integrating blockchains into additive manufacturing – commonly known as 3-D printing – to create a database that validates and verifies the manufacturing process.
The blockchain-based manufacturing history will help with tracking and authentication of 3D-printed objects, which currently “lack verification and validation systems for ensuring that objects produced by the process are appropriately certified,” according to the filing.
“It would therefore be desirable to provide systems and methods for implementing a historical data record of an additive manufacturing process with verification and validation capabilities that may be integrated into additive manufacturing devices.”
This news is just another example of industrial giants turning to Blockchain technology to improve overall functionality. As this adoption develops, keep an eye out for what might be next with GE and Blockchain. The specific patent application was filed by GE in December 2017, so it’s clear internal initiatives have been in the works for some time.