Part 2: How the digital thread weaves its way through the business Following the digital thread

Before we follow the digital thread, one step at a time, we take a step back to see how it all fits 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 from Siemens PLM Software and Joe Schibi of Deloitte.

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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.

Further references:

Mark Cotteleer, Stuart Trouton, Ed Dobner, “3D opportunity and the digital thread”, Deloitte Insights, March 3, 2016, accessed January 9, 2018.

Mark Cotteleer, Jonathan Holdowsky, Monika Mahto, “The 3D opportunity primer”, Deloitte Insights, March 6, 2014, accessed January 22, 2018.

Deborah Mies, Will Marsden, Stephen Warde, “Overview of Additive Manufacturing Informatics: A Digital Thread”, Springer, DOI 10.1186, 2016, accessed January 22, 2018.

Sarah K. Everton, Matthias Hirscha, Petros Stravroulakis, “Review of in-situ process monitoring and in-situ metrology for metal additive manufacturing”, Elsevier, Materials and Design 95 (2016) 431–445, 2016, accessed January 22, 2018.

Brian Tilton, Ed Dobner, Jonathan Holdowsky, “3D opportunity for standards”, Deloitte Insights, November 9, 2017, accessed January 29, 2018.

Siemens, “Produce quality parts with industrial additive manufacturing”, accessed June 4, 2018.

Deloitte, “Digital Thread for Additive Manufacturing (DTAM)”, accessed June 4, 2018.