AM: Opportunities and Challenges
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Additive Manufacturing: the opportunities and challenges

The main AM opportunities lie in the design flexibility and in mass customization, industrial secrecy protection, process sustainability and rapid product development, while the challenges are related to Intellectual Property protection, standards certification, mass production applications, regulatory issues and - at the moment - limited scalability. Hybrid machine tools that incorporate CNC and AM could represent the next step for the development of the industry. (VI)