Additive manufacturing with plastics permits the production of virtually any type of part. Plastics are much lighter and cheaper than metals, although they are not as strong. Materials from almost any plastic group ranging from thermoplastics and thermoset plastics to thermoplastic elastomers – can be used for additive manufacturing. The FDM and SLS processes, in particular, make it possible to produce prototypes and small series parts that can be transferred to industrial applications in large-scale production runs. While the FDM process features the widest selection of materials, a robust process, and very large build envelopes, the SLS process provides parts with isotropic mechanical properties, having no need for support structures. It is also a cost-efficient process for producing parts in large numbers as well as small production runs. Additive manufacturing with plastics can produce specific items such as flexible TPU damping elements or motorbike covers made from high-strength, fiber-reinforced polyamide. The CLIP process represents a good solution when high surface quality and maximum strength is required. Here the parts are made from a thermoset plastic. This is done by drawing parts out of a resin in a process with a high bui ld-up rate. The PolyJet process allows parts to be made in full color and from transparent materials. Groundbreaking systems for multi-material processing have also been developed. They will create huge potential for functional integration and econimization.