Following on from some of the ill-focused points I was trying to make here about emergent 3D (is there any other kind?) printing technologies and their place in Criminal Law as it currently stands (at what point does an object become an object - is possession of a schematic / 3D-file that represents all or part of a potentially-harmful / illegal object the same as possessing the actual object (or the intent to create that object)...?
Well, already the means to encrypt / scramble the contents of such a 3D-file (and later reverse those changes) are now available via a piece of open-source software called Disarming Corruptor. The visual representation of that object is also 'jammed' by the process so that it then appears to be something else - something broken-looking or quite abstract. Unsurprisingly, this is already attracting a bit of early-adoptor heat from artists who can see the software / process' potential for Object-Glitching or Sculpture-Jamming or whatever it ends up being called...
Via @urschrei / @bashford :
"Inspired by encryption rotor machines such as the infamous Enigma Machine, the application runs an algorithm that is used to both corrupt STL files into a visually-illegible state by glitching and rotating the 3D mesh, and to allow a recipient to reverse the effect to restore it back to its original form. The file recipient would need both the application and the unique seven digit settings used by the sender, entering the incorrect settings would only damage the file further...."
Basically, an algorithmic 'twist', by the sound of it.