Additive manufacturing offers many benefits. It can be used to produce nearly any geometry and even complex structures with little additional effort, creating intricate metal components, such as turbine blades, transmission components, and engine parts. It also permits the mass production of personalised products. Currently the individual work steps along the process chain often still take place in isolation. IDEA is aimed at bringing together 14 partners from the worlds of business and science to drive ongoing efforts to industrialise and automate additive manufacturing. toolcraft is also part of the project team.