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Digital Thread for Additive Manufacturing (DTAM)

In today’s increasingly complex production and sustainment environments, organizations are responding to constraints in their supply chain and manufacturing by looking to additive manufacturing (AM). However, to use AM at industrial scale, organizations need to manage a series of complicated, connected, and data-driven events. The digital thread, a single seamless strand of data that stretches from the initial design to the finished part, is the key to optimizing AM production capability.

Untangling the Digital Thread

Following the digital thread

Watch Following the digital thread, our eight-part series with MIT Sloan Management Review that explores the digital thread and its potential to revolutionize design, production, and supply chains.

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​​Bringing complementary capabilities

By linking together disparate applications, printers, processes, and associated data, the digital thread can collect, manage, and analyze valuable information from every stage of the product lifecycle, driving insights for continuous process and product optimization.

Together Deloitte and Siemens PLM Software have created a Digital Thread for Additive Manufacturing (DTAM):
Siemens PLM market leading technology, offers capabilities across the Digital Enterprise. Siemens PLM brings the knowledge and the technology to support organizations looking to link physical part and process data across engineering design, planning, manufacturing execution, quality, and sustainment.

Deloitte rounds out the DTAM offering by guiding the enabling processes and providing enterprise-wide maturity assessments. Deloitte has demonstrated expertise with the management and architecture of information systems, workforce development and planning, and engineering process optimization. These can be brought together to inform tailored operating models and business case analyses for implementing DTAM.

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Stepping through the digital thread

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Additive manufacturing ties it all together
While additive manufacturing has become a crucial part of the design process, it has not reached critical mass at the enterprise level. The digital thread—a single, seamless strand of data that stretches from the initial design to the finished part—can help scale and enhance AM capabilities.​

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The first phase of the digital thread
The digital thread is a single, seamless strand that carries data through the AM process. Reaping the benefits of AM requires an in-depth understanding of the digital thread—including the first phase, scan/design + analyze, which lays the groundwork for subsequent stages.​

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