The use of additive manufacturing processes is increasing within industrial applications, as they bring some significant customer benefits compared to conventional processes. Additive manufacturing is based upon the layered structure of a component. The production time therefore depends on the volume to be applied to the component. The geometric shape of the individual layers has a minor influence. This results in a greater amount of design freedom, without incurring extra time and cost through additional steps, such as machining. This process is particularly suitable for the production of geometrically complex components, such as bionic structures. The process from the CAD file to the finished component is largely automated. In this way, initial models of components can be produced quickly and cost-effectively. These and many other advantages have led to the fact that additive manufacturing has established itself in many industrial applications. In particular, powder-based (such as selective laser sintering) and melting processes (such as fused layer modelling) are used, for example, for the production of prototypes, and also for standard components. In contrast, additive manuf...