Non-Fungible Tokens (NFTs) in Additive Manufacturing: A Digital Tool for Enhancing IPR Protection

Alireza Jaribion*, Adriaan Knapen, Alberto Xamin, Jan Holmström, Siavash Haghighat Khajavi

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

Artists, creators, communities, and gamers have expressed substantial interest in non-fungible tokens (NFTs). However, scarce research has been conducted on applying this blockchain-based technology for industrial purposes. This paper develops a web application to use NFT technology for digital spare parts using digital manufacturing techniques, such as additive manufacturing. The research was conducted in collaboration with a deep-technology company using a physical product. This digital tool enabled the company to create the NFT of the products’ digital three-dimensional (3D) designs and facilitate the sale of the parts on the NFT marketplace while enhancing the design’s intellectual property rights protection due to the traceability of the NFTs on the blockchain. Action design research is used to describe the process of developing the NFT-based digital tool.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages6
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2022
MoE publication typeNot Eligible
EventInternational Conference on Design Science Research in Information Systems and Technology - St. Petersburg, United States
Duration: 1 Jun 20223 Jun 2022
Conference number: 17

Conference

ConferenceInternational Conference on Design Science Research in Information Systems and Technology
Abbreviated titleDESRIST
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySt. Petersburg
Period01/06/202203/06/2022

Keywords

  • Non-fungible token (NFT)
  • Additive manufacturing
  • intellectual property rights (IPR)

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