Barcode-like Tags for 3D Printed Objects

As technology develops, 3D printers are becoming more popular. But, what’s missing from 3D printed objects? Barcodes! Microsoft recently revealed that they are creating coded “tags” within 3D printed objects. The tags can be scanned to both identify the object and gather encoded information.

The “barcode” tags, referred to as InfraStructs, are printed as part of the object, such as holes or extra material. In the same manner as a barcode, different shapes have different information.

The tags are read via a scanner that emits a small amount of radiation that passes through the object and bounces back to the scanner, revealing the object’s interior and thus, tag.

Watch the video below to see InfraStructs in action: