Since it builds a part layer-by-layer directly from CAD data, LPBF can produce highly complex components from metallic materials without using shaping tools, components that cannot be produced using conventional manufacturing pro-cesses such as casting or machining. This means that previous production-related restrictions no longer apply and new com-ponents with innovative functionalities can be manufactured. Although the LPBF process is often simplistically referred to as metallic »3D printing«, in reality it is subject to the influence of many process parameters and disturbance variables. The desired requirements of the user can only be met when these process parameters are selectively adjusted while, at the same time, disturbance variables are kept under control. This applies in particular whenever process limits are expanded. The experts at Fraunhofer ILT support you in optimizing the LPBF process specifically for your application and, if necessary, in developing new strategies to solve your individual tasks.