The growing competitiveness among automakers and other organizations of the automotive supply chain has been the trigger for innovation in production technologies so that objectives and goals can be met. In highlight, one of the main innovations being adopted as a source of cost reduction, reduced processing times and process flexibility are the so called 3D printers or additive manufacturing technologies. There are currently 13 different types of additive manufacturing technologies and the choice of which technology to use is based on different factors such as unitary cost of the processed part, processing time, accuracy, surface finish, and mechanical properties such as thermal resistance, among others. In order to assist in this selection process, this work presents a preliminary framework for applying additive manufacturing technologies to consumable process parts, such as nozzles, fixtures and support devices, which are not incorporated in the final product, but because of wear or destruction, need frequent replacement in the production process. This framework is based on a set of exploratory case studies conducted in an organization of the automotive industry and the literature on additive manufacturing and decision-making methods. The framework is composed of a set of criteria to be evaluated when assessing which consumable process part may be matched by a specific additive manufacturing technology, and a process that guides the application of these criteria. The framework's utility, usability and feasibility is finally discussed.