MAEKIT - the business case for digital spare parts
the business case for digital spare parts
3D printing has for a long time been touted as a potential solution to getting parts needed across the world as soon as possible, but one potential hurdle has always been how manufacturers and OEMs control the licensing of the spare parts.
How can the 3D printer factory ensure that they don’t simply print off as many parts as needed once they have initially received the 3D printing files?
Similarly, by sending the parts data across in a digital file, the potential for such a file to make its way into the hands of unscrupulous third parties happy to make unauthorised parts for sale elsewhere, has long been a cause for concern.
However, MAEKIT’s concept is just the missing piece of the puzzle in resolving one of the biggest challenges within most industries, namely managing the spare parts supply chain.
The first pillar of the MAEKIT concept is the Blockchain technology. Its overriding achievement is that it solves the issue of how to guarantee trust between two unrelated parties.
The second is the provision of certified IP protected 3D print files in a secure digital warehouse. The third is a frictionless online streaming service that enables the secured, transparent and efficient exchange of all manufacturing assets in the digital manufacturing value chain in addition to secured transactions and trade financing. These three components are supplemented by a network of certified industrial printer farms in designated areas around the world, modelled on the first pilot MAEKIT Printer Farm in Amsterdam.
Available professional engagement and production services:
- Assessing and reporting on the impact of certified digital manufacturing using 3D printing.
- Design services and design optimization.
- Scanning services and reverse engineering.
- Consolidating (existing IP or OEM) rights
- Checking file integrity and securitization.
- Storing files in secure digital warehouses.
- Creating an API interface with procurement software.
- Adding virtual certificates to the 3D printing files (as digital assets).