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RFID be gone: Why you might soon be 3D printing the Internet of Things

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Fundamental to the Internet of Things is the idea that objects must be uniquely identifiable. RFID chips are perfect for assigning objects a digital fingerprint, at least so far as traditional manufacturing goes. But with the rise of 3D printing, incorporating an RFID chip into your object means interrupting the printing process. Now, scientists have come up with a way to 3D print a unique tag, called an InfraStruct, inside the object as it’s being printed, and it’s made possible by the slowly emerging field of terahertz imaging.

RFID be gone: Why you might soon be 3D printing the Internet of Things.

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