Simply it’s a way to efficiently and effectively leverage new digital and robotic technologies into the manufacturing process.
Such technologies include: cloud services, IoT sensors, robotics, wireless networking and more. These would be intelligently combined with manufacturing machines to create what is today called “smart factory” or Industry 4.0
Does 3D printing fit into this paradigm? Absolutely. In fact, 3D printing is perhaps one of the most “flexible” means of manufacturing today.
This is what PrintCB is about, high-performance conductive-ink combined with a digital 3D printing technology enabling in-line, smart manufacturing in areas such as electronics, automotive, medical devices and many more.