A group of researchers made up of staff from prestigious centers such as Rutgers University-New Brunswick and the Georgia Institute of Technology have been collaborating to develop new methods with which to achieve prevent and prevent any 3D printer from being hacked or at least this is not as simple a process as it has been before.
In his own words Saman Aliari Zonouz, researcher within the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Rutgers University-New Brunswick:
They will be attractive targets because 3D-printed objects and parts are used in critical infrastructures around the world, and cyberattacks can cause failures in healthcare, transportation, robotics, aviation, and space.
The industry cares a lot about eliminating any risk when a 3D printer can be hacked / h2>
For its part, for Mehdi Javanmard, co-author of the work and professor at the same educational center:
Imagine outsourcing the manufacture of an object to a 3D printing facility and you don't have access to their printers. There is no way to verify if small defects, invisible to the naked eye, have crept into your product. The results could be devastating and you would have no way of locating where the problem is coming from.
Just by looking at the noise and movement of the extruder, we can find out if the printing process is following the design or a malicious flaw is being introduced. This idea is similar to the way that contrast agents or dyes are used to obtain more accurate images of tumors, as we see in MRIs or CT scans. You will see more types of attacks as well as proposed defenses in the 3D printing industry in about five years.
As you can see, we are facing one of the most delicate issues in the world, especially if we take into account certain factors such as the enormous amount of money that certain companies spend on the development of their products, which, in turn, can be sold very well if they fall into the wrong hands.