Doncaster manufacturer invests in new machinery for future growth

Laser Additive Solutions has invested in a new metal 3D printer which is the only one of its kind in the UK.

Doncaster based advanced engineering company, Laser Additive Solutions was founded in 2015 with a single laser cell and just one member of staff. Fast forward eight years, the business has expanded significantly and boasts over 50 years of combined experience in precision laser repair, manufacture and joining processes across several buildings with seven employees.

The business specialises in laser joining processes and additive manufacturing, including laser cladding, laser hardening and an exciting process called EHLA - Extreme High Speed Laser Application for a number of key sectors.

Their latest machinery addition is a new metal 3D printer TRUMPF TruPrint 3000 (the only one of its kind in the UK) which was recently officially launched by local MP, Nick Fletcher and Yorkshire Space Hub representative, Felix Barr. The new addition enables complex intricate shapes small or large, to be formed and created to a production scale to meet customer requirements.

This technology is leading the way across a number of sectors, but its application could be particularly key to aerospace, health (including dentistry and joint replacements), transport parts and more generally to lower the cost of maintenance/replacement metal parts. It could also be ground-breaking in the space sector as it constantly seeks manufacturing solutions for lightweight structures that are not easy to implement via existing techniques such as milling.

“Our core expertise is laser metal deposition (LMD), although like most in the industry we’re now referring to this process as laser direct energy deposition (L-DED).  We have two very good laser systems that undertake laser DED, I felt we needed a complementary process, which would enable Laser Additive Solutions to offer and exploit even more capabilities/advanced technologies to benefit our customers and further drive company growth” explains Managing Director Peter Brown.

However, it is not just the technology that makes Lased Additive Solutions successful, it’s also the knowledge and experience of the engineering team, the ground-breaking research and development and the wide variation of laser-based services. All of this delivered to a high standard and with ISO 9001:2015 accreditation.

Sue Harrison, Key Account and Business Growth Manager at Business Doncaster said: “It has been great to see how Laser Additive Solutions has evolved and grown over the last eight years. They are established in their field with an excellent reputation and a diverse client-base, including Siemens Energy and UK defence organisations”

Laser Additive Solutions are always looking to their next investment and would like to expand further by securing new premises that would enable them to accommodate additional metal 3D printers and increase the workforce over the next 2-3 years. 

For further information please visit: Laser Additive Solutions Ltd, specialist welding, Doncaster

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