30 Mar '16, 8am

How to Hack a 3D Printer to Steal the Latest Designs

How to Hack a 3D Printer to Steal the Latest Designs

The threat of stolen intellectual property (IP) that's hovered around the world of 3D printing since its inception just got hotter. Researchers at the University of California, Irvine (UCI) have captured the sounds that 3D printers make when printing out a part and used that data to reverse engineer the part's source code. Thieves could then use that stolen design to recreate the part on a different printer. All researchers had to do was place a smartphone next to a 3D printer and record the sounds of the exact movements its nozzle makes during printing. They found that a surprising amount of detail can be captured from these acoustic signals, potentially resulting in major security risks that bridge the physical and cyber domains. These security breaches could occur in any manufacturing plant where shift employees carry their own smartphones when they are not monitored, w...

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