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IDG Contributor Network: 3D printers wide-open to hacking

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    The sounds that 3D-printer nozzles make as they cross the machine bed can be recorded, analyzed and then used to duplicate prototypes, say scientists.

    Smartphones, casually posed adjacent to printers by thieves, can surreptitiously capture the recording of print head movements. The phone can then be recovered and used to reverse engineer the part elsewhere. It might be a big problem with no fix. Manufacturing plants need to curtail smartphone use near the machines. There’s currently no way to stop the theft, think the cyber-physics engineers who discovered the hack from University of California Irvine.

    “Companies stand to incur large financial losses,” says Mohammad Al Faruque of the university’s Advanced Integrated Cyber-Physical Systems Lab, in a press release.

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