Autentica Car Parts, based in Cheshire, UK, is preparing to launch a digital platform for 3D-printed automotive spare parts. Manufacturers can use it to distribute designs for spare parts to authorized partners. A key element is the use of non-fungible tokens (NFTs) based on blockchain technology to protect the designs.
Tested with 500 companies, including car manufacturers and dealers, the platform enables faster access to spare parts, 70% lower storage costs, and 40% less CO2 emissions from transportation. Developed with the University of Sheffield Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre and Oracle, it launches Nov. 1, 2023.
According to CEO Irma Gilbert, the potential lies in combining additive manufacturing, blockchain and AI for spare parts supply. Instead of complete 3D model data, G-code tokens are transferred to protect intellectual property. This ensures that authorized partners can print original spare parts.
In addition to car manufacturers and dealers, Autentica cooperates with over 600 3D printing service providers worldwide. Additive manufacturing enables decentralized, rapid production in small quantities and reduces storage and transport costs.