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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Tech Tips

Improving Performance and Cosmetics in 3D-Printed Parts with Secondary Operations

Posted on June 13, 2017 by Tony Holtz
Secondary operations on 3D-printed parts can improve performance and enhance cosmetics.
Tagged: 3D printing, secondary operations, engineering
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Industry Spotlight

Augmented Reality Moves from Recreation to Industry

Posted on June 8, 2017 by Angelo Gentile
Augmented reality means business as companies like Apple apply the technology to commercial use.
Tagged: augmented reality, interactive design, engineering
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Eye on Innovation

Hybrid Manufacturing Combines 3D Printing, Machining

Posted on June 2, 2017 by Angelo Gentile
3D printing is now combined with CNC machining in a multi-tasking tool system now offered by Hybrid Manufacturing Technologies.
Tagged: 3D printing, CNC machining, rapid prototyping
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Tech Tips

Rapid Prototyping: There’s More Than One Way to Skin a CAD

Posted on May 31, 2017 by Matt Ahart
There's more than one way to validate and test your design. This post examines the benefits of various prototypes and when each is most appropriate.
Tagged: rapid prototyping, 3D printing, product development
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