Additive Manufacturing

Additive production process chains in industry

Additive Manufacturing – also commonly referred to as 3D printing – is exerting increasing influence on business processes world-wide. As one of the key technologies in digitalized production within the Industrie 4.0 initiative, Additive Manufacturing will have an impact on existing supply chains and will generate new business models.

We at the Fraunhofer IPT regard 3D printing not as a substitute for classical manufacturing but rather as an enrichment of existing processes and process chains: The future lies in intelligent combination of production processes and in their integration within overarching supply chains. The capacity for connectivity and the adaptability of the processes hold out the promise of increasingly customizable products in unparalleled diversity