GKN Additive, a leader in the metal additive manufacturing (AM) market, and Kueppers Solutions, a specialist for industrial combustion technology, announced their strategic partnership.

By mass-producing highly energy-efficient mixing units for industrial burners, both companies tap into a new market and create a thorough reduction of nitrogen oxide emissions in the industry.

To make the burning process more efficient, Kueppers Solutions has developed a mixing unit for natural gas burners that optimises the combustion process with a significant reduction in nitrogen oxide emissions. Due to its intelligent design, the application is only feasible in metal additive manufacturing.

With GKN Additive, Kueppers Solutions has found a powerful partner for further market expansion.

“Together with the RWTH Aachen University, we have screened the entire market in order to find a suitable partner for the industrialisation of our product,” said Jens te Kaat, CEO of Kueppers Solutions.

“GKN Additive’s experience in series production and their application know-how across a broad range of industries is unique.

“Typically, we are used to explaining our project in detail to potential partners and still tend to encounter obstacles. With GKN it was the other way around. Their team was the fastest to understand the potential.”

Both partners’ current focus is on the ramp-up of the mixing unit’s series production in selective laser melting (SLM) and the joint development of an individual material, engineered for the application.

The next generation of the mixing unit will be manufactured in Metal Binder Jetting; the application is ideally suited for this process and will become more cost-effective.

“Climate change challenges all of us to think of new ways to substantially reduce emissions,” said Guido Degen, President Additive Manufacturing at GKN Powder Metallurgy.

“Kueppers’ mixing unit has made a significant contribution to preserving resources and with our experience across the whole AM value stream, we will drive the industrialisation of this highly innovative product. Our common goal is to open up the market by upgrading thousands of outdated industrial burner systems with 3D-printed mixing units.”

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