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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Industry Spotlight

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.
Tagged: technology, manufacturing, production
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Tech Tips

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.
Tagged: manufacturing, materials, thermoplastics, TPU
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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.
Tagged: manufacturing, outsourcing
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Events

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.
Tagged: 3D printing, events, digital manufacturing
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