Following the Digital Thread: How the Digital Thread Weaves Its Way Through the Business

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We have followed the digital thread, one step at a time. But how does it all fit together?

To take a step back and appreciate the big picture of the full digital thread, Mark heads back to Washington, D.C., to meet with two of the people who see it best — Aaron Johns and Joe Schibi.

Joe will walk us through the four main stages of the digital thread and help us see how each contributes to the ability to design, manufacture, and maintain components. He also makes the connection between the creation of a “body of knowledge” and the ability of the organization to continue learning over time. Aaron supplements that discussion with an overview of how many individual technologies come together to create the thread.

Finally, we hear from Alan Klapmeier, CEO of One Aviation Corp., on the digital thread’s potential value at the strategic level — a discussion that will conclude in our next episode.

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Further Reading

M. Cotteleer, S. Trouton, and E. Dobner, “3D Opportunity and the Digital Thread: Additive Manufacturing Ties It All Together,” Deloitte Insights, March 3, 2016, accessed Jan. 9, 2018.

M. Cotteleer, J. Holdowsky, and M. Mahto, “The 3D Opportunity Primer: The Basics of Additive Manufacturing,” Deloitte Insights, March 6, 2014, accessed Jan. 22, 2018.

S.K. Everton, M. Hirsch, and P. Stravroulakis, “Review of In-Situ Process Monitoring and In-Situ Metrology for Metal Additive Manufacturing,” Materials & Design 95, no. 5 (April 2016), 431-445.

D. Mies, W. Marsden, and S. Warde, “Overview of Additive Manufacturing Informatics: a Digital Thread,” Integrating Materials and Manufacturing Innovation 5, no. 6 (December 2016).

B. Tilton, E. Dobner, and J. Holdowsky, “3D Opportunity for Standards: Additive Manufacturing Measures Up,” Deloitte Insights, Nov. 9, 2017, accessed Jan. 29, 2018.


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