Internet has globalized the world massively, bring people closer together and making it easier for us to connect with one another. However, the world wide web has also come along with so-called “modern problems”. One of them is the problem of free file sharing, making 3D printing a somehow unregulated business. Californian company Authentise wants to add some structure to the world of 3D printed files, offering a streaming service, which is now being used at marketplace 3DLT.
While Spotify has rescued the business behind pop music and Netflix has done the same for the world of movies, there has not yet been a system to add some structure to the file sharing world of 3D printing. The possibility for customers to store and share 3D print files makes it harder for companies to make money with these files. Authentise uses a different approach, as the company has created a system that sends such files to 3D printers, but after the file is fully printed the file will be deleted. Companies could use this system to sell cheap 3D print files, which customers could use to print out their own objects. For instance, toys manufacturers could use them to sell 3D print files for their figurines.
Authentise has partnered with 3D printable marketplace 3DLT in order to offer a streaming service at the market place. Because of this streaming service, users of 3DLT now can only print out a file on their 3D printers, after which the files will not be stored at their computers. This makes it easier for people to make a little money with their own 3D printed files – which is their full right, isn’t it?
On blog 3D Printing Industry, John Hauer – CEO of 3DLT, explains:
“From the beginning, 3DLT has been focused on delivering 3D printable content. The streaming technology provided by Authentise provides us with an important new licensing option, helping 3DLT better control the use of digital assets offered on our platform. Intellectual property rights management is an important part of 3DLT’s offering Building on our earlier collaboration with 3D Industries, we’re not only taking proactive steps to validate IP ownership, but with Authentise, also better securing the designs available on our platform. Retailers stand to gain a significant competitive advantage by offering 3D printing as-a-service. These partnerships reinforce the value of 3DLT’s platform in helping them capitalize on that opportunity.”
Want to learn more about Authentise? Listen to a radio interview with the company’s Andre Wegner by James Haight from Business Tech Roundup.
Credits image: 3DLT.