The additive manufacturing processes are developing more and more from rapid prototyping to the production of directly usable components. They offer outstanding technological and economic potentials for a variety of industries. Since the layer-by-layer manufacturing process is based on digital product data, an increased risk of product piracy is often addressed. In the sustainability measure "Prevention against product piracy", which is funded by the BMBF within the framework of the technology network "it's owl", technical measures are being developed not only to counteract this risk but even to increase protection against product piracy.
The demonstrator produced within the project combines a variety of product protection measures. What is special about them is that they only become possible and economically sensible through the use of additive manufacturing processes. The researchers achieved an inseparable identification of the demonstrator, for example by means of internal QR codes. Other product protection measures include functional integration, form-fit design, a black box construction and other product individualization.
All protective measures implemented in the demonstrator as well as other newly developed protective measures adapted for AM are summarized in a catalog, which is intended to support product developers and designers in the application and integration of measures in concrete products.
In the future, the project "Prevention of Product Piracy" aims at anchoring these protective measures in the minds of product developers and designers, so that the protection of innovations and products is already considered in the product development phase. Just like the virus scanner, which is installed as a matter of course when a PC is set up for protection against viruses, the consideration and application of technical protective measures in product development should become a matter of course and be established in the processes. They have a preventive effect and form effective protection concepts, for example through product labelling together with strategic and legal measures.
The sustainability measure itsowl-3P is part of the top cluster technology network it's OWL - Intelligent Technical Systems OstWestfalen Lippe.
The research and development project is funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) within the framework concept "Research for tomorrow's production" and is supervised by the Project Management Agency Karlsruhe (PTKA).