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November 14, 2018
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Industry

Expanding Vera’s Partnership with GE Additive

Additive manufacturing and 3D printing have come a long way in the past several years. They’re included in some of the most revolutionary technologies of the 21st century. This may surprise you, but it was first invented in the 1980s. In 1981, Hideo Kodama of the Nagoa Municipal Industrial Research Institute invented two additive methods for fabricating three-dimensional plastic models with photo-hardening thermoset polymer, where the UV exposure area is controlled by a mask pattern or a scanning fiber transmitter. Fast forward to today, where we see a plethora of Kickstarter campaigns devoted to crowdfunding personal 3D printing projects. It’s huge and it’s certainly not going anywhere.

But let’s talk specifically about the most recent advancements of the global industrial giant, General Electric. As they so eloquently say on their website, they experience firsthand “the benefits of additive manufacturing—opening up the design envelope and enabling the creation of lighter, stronger parts and systems.” Across the medical, automotive and aerospace industries, GE Additive helps bring innovation to life, from giving visually impaired couples the ability to actually “feel” their baby’s ultrasound, to helping engineers streamline the aerospace and automotive industries by lowering costs, simplifying supply chains, and accelerating the way parts are designed and manufactured.

Unveiled today at Formnext 2018, the international exhibition on next-generation manufacturing, I’m incredibly excited to share that GE Additive has chosen Vera as its trusted standard in data security. Together with Vera, GE’s Additive experts, advanced machines and quality materials will empower customers to build innovative new products from design to print, securely.

With worldwide spending on 3D printing estimated to reach $23 billion by 2023, 3D printing is a future staple of manufacturing and every industry that uses it. Stop and think about what this innovation is worth to the advancement of our world, and what could happen if those design schematics and intellectual property were to fall into the wrong hands. This is where Always-on File Security becomes paramount.

By combining Vera’s advanced data protection with GE’s innovation in 3D printing, we’re providing the ability to protect data at rest and in motion, a problem all companies face. Vera will automatically encrypt every file, then enable customers to control who can see it and if they can print, copy/paste or forward that information. Because Vera’s security controls travel with the CAD design itself, access to that file can be revoked instantly, protecting the entire lifecycle for sensitive manufacturing designs.

Since publicly announcing our partnership with GE last September, this extended partnership with GE Additive has accelerated our ability to achieve the vision we set out with just over three years ago. We’ve found common ground, built new integrations on our platform, and will help protect manufacturing assets and IP worth billions of dollars.

For more information on Vera’s integration with GE Additive, feel free to get in touch here or send me an email directly at imcwilton@vera.com.

By, Ian McWilton


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