April 23-26, 2018 | Fort Worth Convention Center | Fort Worth, TX | Exhibits April 24-26

Covert Fingerprints for Intellectual Property Protection of Metal 3D Printing

Digital Thread & Standards Power Up

Novice May 9, 2017 12:00 pm - 12:10 pm

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Sharon Flank PhD, CEO, InfraTrac

New work is emerging in the authentication of parts made using AM. This presentation will detail initial experiments in metals directed energy disposition (or DED) 3D printing, using an innovative anti-counterfeiting solution to protect AM products permanently and invisibly. Chemical fingerprints were strategically and intentionally incorporated in sub-surface layers in a part and then subjected to chemical authentication with a handheld, off-the-shelf detector. The results show promise, but challenges include the selection of compatible materials and characteristics while minimizing the impact on part performance, and appropriate modeling is needed to ensure reliable detection. Chemical tagging and field validation provide a novel security solution for metals AM that can be used in multiple manufacturing environments.

Sharon Flank PhD


Dr. Sharon Flank, InfraTrac CEO, is a recognized expert in anti-counterfeiting, across several industries,