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1. (WO2017156568) 3D PRINTING RIGHTS MANAGEMENT AND CERTIFICATION SYSTEM

Pub. No.:    WO/2017/156568    International Application No.:    PCT/AU2017/000063
Publication Date: Fri Sep 22 01:59:59 CEST 2017 International Filing Date: Tue Mar 14 00:59:59 CET 2017
IPC: G06F 21/10
G06Q 10/10
G06Q 50/18
B33Y 50/02
B29C 67/00
G06F 21/16
Applicants: AURORA LABS LIMITED
Inventors: BUDGE, David
HENRY, Nathan
Title: 3D PRINTING RIGHTS MANAGEMENT AND CERTIFICATION SYSTEM
Abstract:
A printing apparatus for printing a three-dimensional object, the printing apparatus incorporating a rights management system comprising a database stored on a storage device, the database being accessible by the printing apparatus and comprising one or more object records, wherein each object record contains data relating to one or more physical characteristics of a known three-dimensional object. The rights management system further comprises a scanning means adapted to scan a source three-dimensional object to be printed by the printing apparatus and generate an input dataset defining one or more physical characteristics of the source three-dimensional object. The rights management system further comprises a microprocessor comprising control logic adapted to perform a matching algorithm, wherein the matching algorithm is configured to compare the input dataset with the data in the, or each, object record and compute a similarity score for the, or each, object record. Each similarity score indicates an extent to which the source three-dimensional object resembles the known three-dimensional object corresponding to the relevant object record.