Industrial conglomerate General Electric (GE) wants to use the blockchain in the course of verification models for 3D printing parts in the supply chain.
21 Jun Bureau United States patent and trademark office (USPTO) published
the bid of General Electric. It was filed in December of last year. The document describes a method of integrating the blockchain in additive manufacturing commonly known as 3D printing, to create a data base that confirms and verifies the production process.
In other words, the technology will allow the company to create a history of production on the basis of the blockchain, which will help to track and identify objects for 3D printing.
The new method will help solve the problems of the existing additive industries, which «have systems of verification and validation to ensure that printed objects have been properly certified» in accordance with the application.
Because of this, if the spare part for the defective parts produced using 3D printing, anyone who has access to a 3D printer can reproduce. As a result, end users «can’t check whether the item produced with the correct Assembly file, the correct material and on a properly configured 3D printer».
In the application notes GE:
«It would be desirable to create systems and methods for recording the process history of the additive manufacturing capabilities of confirmation and verification that can be integrated into the device for 3D printing».
The move is the latest initiative that demonstrates interest in the technology of the blockchain from the industrial giant. Last year USPTO issued five patent applications filed in GE 2016. There were described various applications of the blockchain, which is able to simplify aircraft maintenance.
In addition, in March of this year GE announced
on joining the Blockchain in Transport Alliance (BiTA) – the blockchain-to the consortium, which aims to develop standards for the use of technology in the industry of freight transportation.