US Navy Considers Connecting Its 3D Printers To A Blockchain

US Navy Considers Connecting Its 3D Printers To A Blockchain

The US Department of the Navy (DoN) could use the blockchain technology for 3D printing. The Navy has reportedly announced that it would utilize th

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The US Department of the Navy (DoN) could use the blockchain technology for 3D printing.

The Navy has reportedly announced that it would utilize the blockchain technology to securely share data between Additive Manufacturing, or 3D printing. Furthermore, the disruptive technology can secure the digital thread of design and production.

“When looking for a test bed for this technology, it quickly became clear that Naval Additive Manufacturing was a perfect match. The ability to secure and securely share data throughout the manufacturing process (from design, prototyping, testing, production, and ultimately disposal) is critical to Additive Manufacturing and will form the foundation for future advanced manufacturing initiatives.”, as the Naval Innovation Advisory Council (NIAC) lieutenant commander Jon McCarter wrote in a blog post.

This summer NIAC will test the blockchain technology, a trial that will also include a proof-of-concept.

“In September, a report will be issued, showing the practical application of this technology in a controlled environment, and then illustrating the ability to open the aperture and dramatically revolutionize other aspects of Naval operations.”, as the lieutenant added.

While it is claimed to be the first time the US Navy shows interest in the distributed ledger technology, the blockchain has been previously used by the military.

The Department of Homeland Security, for example, has given millions of dollars in grants to blockchain research that concerns cybersecurity projects, as cryptocoinnews.com noted in a recent report.

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