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Many believe we are living within the fourth industrial revolution, as the impact of smart technologies overtakes every area of our lives, including the engineering industry. It is marked by emerging technology breakthroughs in robotics, artificial intelligence, the Internet of Things, additive manufacturing/3D printing and fully autonomous vehicles. This revolution is expected to impact all disciplines, industries, and economies as connected machines begin to interact and, ultimately, even make decisions autonomously. The growth of additive manufacturing, a process that builds parts layer-by-layer from sliced CAD models to form solid objects, has the potential to become a new key technology. Electronics, engineering and medicinal electrical devices specialist Siemens has been investing in this innovative technology right from its inception, and is now driving the industrialisation and commercialisation of these processes.