Digital Thread: Implementation

This course shows participants realities of implementing the digital thread – the backbone of the digital manufacturing and design (DM&D) transformation – and the opportunities it affords to make significant changes during the design process of any product. It is the second of two courses that focuses on the "digital thread" (the first being Digital Thread: Components w/link to page). This is the third of nine courses in the Digital Manufacturing & Design Technology series that explores the many facets of manufacturing’s “Fourth Revolution,” commonly known as Industry 4.0.

This online course is available on the Coursera platform.

Course Duration: Approximately 11 hours

Learning Outcomes

  • Be prepared to talk about the benefits, and limitations, of enacting the digital thread within product development processes of an office, shop floor and even across an enterprise

Intended Audience

Anyone interested in how digital advances are changing the landscape and capabilities of manufacturing, from high school graduates exploring careers to operations managers and business owners hungry for an understanding of the newest manufacturing technologies



Credential Opportunities

  • Continuing Education Units (CEUs): TCIE grants 0.2 CEUs upon successful completion of this course for a fee of $25.
  • Professional Development Hours (PDHs): TCIE grants 2 PDHs upon successful completion of this course for a fee of $25.   

For either a CEU or PDH, a learner must complete a request form. The process entails providing proof of the learner’s course certificate issued by Coursera. A certificate indicates a learner has completed a course with a passing score (he/she does not receive a letter grade). CEUs and PDHs are eligible for those earning a certificate on November 11, 2019 or later.