Compromised Additive Manufacturing (AM) Supply Chain Workshop

Wednesday, June 16, 2021

Virtual Event

CALCE, in partnership with the Applied Research Laboratory for Intelligence and Security (ARLIS), Center for Public Policy and Private Enterprise (CPPPE), and National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START), is sponsoring a virtual workshop on June 16, 2021 focused on the unique issues posed by compromised additive manufacturing (AM) parts and components, and how those compromises can be mitigated.

For AM to significantly impact the industrial level, a large number of complex, interconnected data-driven events are required. This series of events is referred to as the digital thread, which includes all the information, beginning with the initial design concept and extending to the finished part, constituting all the information that enables the design, modeling, testing, qualification, production, use, and monitoring of the individual part. This means that value in the production process for AM will rest largely within these digital design files and data, rather than the physical output and equipment.

While the ability to produce AM parts and structures anywhere that there are appropriate facilities and personnel provides great flexibility in the production process, AM’s increasing reliance on digital data creates new challenges and complications (and new opportunities for malicious actors). That is, breaches of the data systems exchanging proprietary technical data packages, enable anyone with access to the data and the appropriate equipment, to manufacture copies of the proprietary parts or structures. Moreover, with the advent of affordable laser scanners, parts can be more readily reverse engineered to replicate the geometry (form & fit), but not necessarily function. These compromised parts could, in turn, be introduced into the supply chain, either for financial gain or other malicious purposes, without the requisite production controls, testing, evaluation, and qualification, leading to potential safety and liability issues.

This workshop will address the following topics:

  • AM Technical Data Package (TDP)
  • AM Counterfeit Vulnerability
  • Addressing Cybersecurity Challenges of the AM Digital Thread
  • Counterfeit AM Parts Detection and Anti-Counterfeit Technology Protection
  • Potential of AM to address DMSMS issues

Workshop participants will include academics, industry practitioners, and stakeholders from the system management and security community whose concern is disruption and compromise of the supply chain for critical systems.  If you are interested in participating in this workshop please visit the workshop web page for details, or contact Peter Sandborn (, or Diganta Das (

This workshop is part of a larger National Science Foundation project focused on Using Enterprise Network Models to Disrupt the Operations of Illicit Counterfeit Part Supply Chains for Critical Systems.

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