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Fieldmade microfactories will 3D print Stealth Keys on-location and on-demand

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Norwegian Defense Research spinoff Fieldmade and the Swiss security company Urban Alps are cooperating to 3D print high-security Stealth Keys anywhere and anytime. Customers in the military or energy sector can order Stealth Keys on demand and have them delivered within a day, via remote Fieldmade microfactories.

Fielmade microfactoriesUsing Fieldmades microfactories, Urban Alps can cut the delivery time of Stealth Keys down to just one day. “This collaboration marks the beginning of a new industrial era, where high-security mechanical keys are shipped digitally and turned into physical products at the customer’s location, no matter how remote the location – no shipping costs, no customs, immediately, and safe from unauthorized duplication”, explained Urban Alps founder and CEO Alejandro Ojeda. CAD and IP security are ensured by using proprietary software for remote 3D printing without sending any CAD file.

All high security keys available today are made at a handful of large factories. Orders may take weeks to be delivered, depending on how remote the location of the buyer is. The second issue is the threat of key duplication. Unauthorized duplicates of most classic “security keys” can be made quite easily by using a smartphone, an app and a cheap plastic printer.

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To meet the demand for increased security Swiss company Urban Alps AG leveraged 3D printing processes to develop the Stealth Key, a patent-protected mechanical key that has completely invisible security features, thus offering ultimate key copy protection. This turns out to be a perfect match for Fieldmade’s business models, which focuses on offering manufacturing solutions for deployed use.

“Fieldmade’s aim is to find innovative ways to bring more value to the customer, not just a revolutionary key but the benefits that novel additive manufacturing entails, for instance, a digital supply chain”, said Fieldmade founder and CEO Christian Duun Norberg. “This cooperation is the perfect example of how two innovative companies can complement each other to deliver truly secure products in a matter of hours to customers with high security and time sensitive needs”, adds Ojeda. Fieldmade is both a future producer and current customer of the Stealth Key system, as they picked Stealth Technology as their lock system of choice for their microfactories.

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Davide Sher

Since 2002, Davide has built up extensive experience as a technology journalist, market analyst and consultant for the additive manufacturing industry. Born in Milan, Italy, he spent 12 years in the United States, where he completed his studies at SUNY USB. As a journalist covering the tech and videogame industry for over 10 years, he began covering the AM industry in 2013, first as an international journalist and subsequently as a market analyst for leading US-firm SmarTech Analysis, focusing on the additive manufacturing industry and relative vertical markets. In 2016 he Co-founded London-based 3dpbm. Today the company publishes the leading news and insights websites 3D Printing Media Network and Replicatore, as well as 3D Printing Business Directory, the largest global directory of companies in the additive manufacturing industry.

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