Digital Thread: Components

Participants learn how the "digital thread" is the backbone of the digital manufacturing and design (DM&D) transformation, turning manufacturing processes from paper-based to digital-based. The course includes an explanation of the digital thread – the stream that starts at product concept and continues to accumulate information and data throughout the product’s life cycle – and identifies opportunities to leverage it. This is the second 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 4 weeks (2.5-5 hours of effort per week)

Learning Outcomes

  • Become more involved in a product’s development cycle
  • Guide a company toward greater flexibility

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

Prerequisites

None