Autentica Car Parts, based at Sci-Tech Daresbury, has developed a platform that allows OEMs, such as car designers and manufacturers, to sell spare parts designs to authorised dealers, distributors, and repair centres.
The first-of-its-kind solution enables Non-Fungible Tokens (NFT) backed blockchain-protected and certified design assets to be 3D printed on-demand locally.
The Autentica platform will help design owners and Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) sell spare parts using NFTs to certify that a buyer is purchasing a genuine OEM replacement part, produced using 3D printing service locally on-demand.
NFTs further help prevent IP infringement and sort out liability issues, enabling OEMs control over 3D printing service providers by streaming G-CODE tokens instead of 3D model files.
Using funding from Innovate UK, the UK’s national innovation agency, the platform has been successfully tested with 500 customers, including OEMs and car dealers, and an international network of 600 3D-printing service providers.
The platform, which was developed in partnership with the University of Sheffield Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) and cloud technology company Oracle, enables instant access to spare car parts compared to the industry standard of 28 days, reduces non-production costs like storage by 70 per cent, and slashes the carbon footprint of transportation by 40 per cent.
Autentica Car Parts will be launched at a special full-day event at Sci-Tech Daresbury on November 1, 2023, featuring keynote speeches, presentations, roundtable discussions and live platform demonstrations.