Materialise acquires encryption specialist

Materialise has acquired Identify3D, a company that makes supply chain encryption software.

According to the company, Identify3D’s software ensures that “maliciously or inadvertently modified, substandard, or uncertified parts cannot enter the physical supply chain”.

It also allows designers and to couple designs with specific production criteria, such as a designated user, a type of machine, or material, Materialise added.

“Future manufacturing, enabled by smart technologies like 3D printing, will take place at multiple digital production sites, distributed around the world, closer to customers,” said Fried Vancraen, CEO of Materialise. “But this will only be possible when companies are sure that their design and production data remains secure.”