The Digital Thread

Your blog feed for manufacturing resources, in-depth features, and industry news.

Reducing Total Cost of Ownership Throughout the Product Life Cycle

See how digital technologies and advanced manufacturing are transforming production, driving a new industrial revolution known as Industry 4.0.
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John Deere Harvests Technology in San Francisco

Posted On October 10, 2017 By Angelo Gentile
Farm machinery manufacturer John Deere pursues ‘precision agriculture’ through greater use of automation and robotics.
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Service Bureau or Broker? Production Supplier or In-House Shop? Selecting a Manufacturing Source

Posted On May 25, 2017 By Jeff Schipper
Learn how to evaluate various manufacturing partnerships and determine which will be most beneficial to you.
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The Benefits of Using TPU in Elastomeric Part Designs

Posted On May 25, 2017 By Tony Holtz
So, you’re designing a part that requires flexibility and you need to choose a material.
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How to Create a Successful Outsourcing Partnership

Posted On May 25, 2017 By Proto Labs
How product-driven companies can create successful outsourcing partnerships to manage demand.
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New 3D Printing Technologies Showcased at RAPID 2017

Posted On May 25, 2017 By Proto Labs
A recap of major 3D printing announcements and trends at RAPID 2017 in Pittsburgh.
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Boeing Saves Millions in Manufacturing Costs with Titanium 3D Printing

Posted On May 25, 2017 By Proto Labs
Boeing announces partnership with Norsk Titanium to produce 3D-printed, titanium parts for the new 787 Dreamliner.
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Lean Manufacturing in the Age of Digital

Posted On May 25, 2017 By Rob Bodor
From design through on-demand production, digital manufacturing is catapulting lean manufacturing to another level.
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3D-Printed Molds vs. Aluminum Tooling

Posted On May 25, 2017 By Proto Labs
Compare the pros and cons of molds that are 3D printed in plastic versus tooling that is milled from aluminum.
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3D Printing Methods for Medtech Prototypes

Posted On May 25, 2017 By Jeff Schipper
Being able to quickly produce prototype parts is critical to creating an environment of innovation that can lead to medical device market success.
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Metal 3D Printing Requires New Thought Process

Posted On May 25, 2017 By Proto Labs
As product development speeds up, 3D printing is changing the design rules for metal parts.
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