Additive manufacturing refers to processes in which material is applied layer by layer to produce three-dimensional components from one or more liquid or solid materials under computer control without the use of tools. Additive manufacturing is currently mostly used in the production of prototypes, small series and complex geometries.
Die casting is a process for manufacturing complex and predominantly thin-walled components from low-melting light metals. The costs for die casting molds are high and production is time-consuming. Molds are often produced using machining processes and have to be reworked.