Reduce manufactering costs by alternative methods

The challenge

Reduce manufactering costs by alternative methods

KBM uses custom-made graphite-based consumables with complex shapes. For these, a lot of machining is required, causing these parts to be very expensive. Therefore, KBM is looking for alternative manufactering methods, shapes, or materials to reduce the costs.

The why

Why is this challenge important?

The cost of the consumables KBM produces are very high. By creating alternative methods, shapes, or materials we hope to reduce these costs and make the consumables less expensive.

The solution

What outcome are we looking for?

An innovative low-cost way to produce this consumable, the use of different material or shapes.


What do we expect from the participants?

Creative, out of the box thinking.


We are looking for:
Students in Industrial Design, Product Design and Mechnical Engineering


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About us

Kbm Master Alloys BV

KBM Affilips is your hassle free global partner of choice for the supply of master alloys. The fully integrated group consists of two production companies, KBM Master Alloys B.V. (The Netherlands) and Affilips N.V. (Belgium) - both founded in the early sixties of the last century - and their marketing and sales company KBM Affilips B.V. (The Netherlands).

As one of the leading players in the international market the KBM Affilips group is a totally export-driven organisation that ships about 50,000 tonnes of master alloys to 80 countries annually serving a wide range of metal industries. Consistent and excellent product quality is assured by independently certified quality and environmental management systems, modern laboratories and R&D facilities.

KBM Affilips is also a reliable partner in the field of logistics. All its metallurgical plants are located in the vicinity of major ports and the company has developed a vast expertise in worldwide shipping and local warehousing.

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