This core competence includes, beyond the pure process understanding from material to component, the development of innovative manufacturing processes. Shaping processes for materials such as powder and melt have the advantage that an integration of additional functions is possible in each individual manufacturing step. Functional coatings or functionalization by means of functional printing are also used. Various functional printing technologies are used on an industrial scale in an automated production line. Sensors or electronic components can thus be integrated and give the component additional functions or new properties.