Production technology is always challenged by the needs of innovative products and new markets. Individualized product geometries or functional integration often come together with a small number of identical products. Therefore, additive manufacturing processes and automated CAD-CAM process-chains are used.
The focus of research is in the field of process development, functional integration and use of new materials. Additionally, an additive process (SLM) for micro parts is available. The advantages of additive and subtractive methods are combined in the topic of hybrid process chains.