A digital twin is an identical virtual representation of a real-world physical object, such as a piece of machinery. It’s used to catalog the object’s properties, dimensions, and components; to predict its behavior under a variety of conditions; and aid with the manufacture, repair, or replacement of that object.
The term digital twin also can be applied to people, organizations, buildings, or even processes. Your digital twin online, for example, is made up of all of the available data about you, and many marketers use it to predict your buying behavior. But for this article, we’ll focus on digital twins of physical, manufacturable things.