The Industry 4.0 has brought with it a new era of digital manufacturing trends. Digital manufacturing is an integrated approach to manufacturing that is centered around technology. With it, we see manufacturers getting away from the one size fits all mentality and instead is adapting flexibility and customization. Up until this point, the manufacturing industry has been slow in adopting full-scale digitization.

With technology changing rapidly, manufacturers must adopt Industry 4.0 and have digital transformation plans if they are going to stay relevant in the market. We will see a few digital manufacturing trends in 2020 that will really help propel manufacturers forward in their journey.

  • Online and On-demand: Gives engineers the tools to quickly deliver their products without having to sacrifice the quality and design, with less downtime and less cost.
  • Increased partnerships and joint ventures: Organizations are looking to gain digital expertise from their ecosystem since they don’t have it in-house. Access to an external ecosystem of partners is essential to filling in the large talent and capability deficits that many manufacturers are experiencing.
  • 3-D printing: Considered to be the most disruptive trend in Industry 4.0 that acts as a practicable alternative for both product development and conventional manufacturing.

If these trends take off as predicted, 2020 could become the baseline for the manufacturing industry’s fast-tracked digitization process. 2W Tech is a technology service provider that specializes in solutions for the manufacturing industry. Give us a call today and learn how the Industry 4.0 and digital manufacturing can help your business transform.

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