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Simpler than it looks: Discovering the Shoestring approach to digital manufacturing

Four years ago, Digital Manufacturing on a Shoestring was started by a team at the Institute for Manufacturing (IfM) to help smaller manufacturers digitalise by using low-cost, simple digital solutions. Professor Duncan McFarlane, head of the IfM’s Distributed Information and Automation Laboratory and founder of the programme, reflects on how he first realised the potential of this approach, and how they’re spreading the word across Britain and around the world.

Digital Manufcturing on a Shoestring
Professor Duncan McFarlane

Building a catalogue of digital solution areas

A Shoestring Industry Workshop

Spreading the word

Shoestring Hackathon, 2019

The manufacturing of the future



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