A very impressive consortium line-up reflects the magnitude of the tasks to be achieved by the partners: to create an efficient hybrid production process by way of additive plus subtractive manufacturing for large-sized aluminium alloy parts and structures. The advantages these production processes bring have already been emphasized by SMW’s other projects focused on additive manufacturing technologies. Such benefits include greater design flexibility, improved ratio of material usage, and also time savings. The equipment to be developed within the scope of the project should enable ultra-precise surfaces accuracy. The AM process will operate with both feedstock categories -- powder and wire. Aiming to deliver an environmentally-conscious solution, the process will facilitate improvement of the parts’ properties while enabling the developers to reduce the weight. Various aerospace and automotive companies have already expressed interest in the project's deliverables, as the funding application is presently under evaluation by the European Commission.