Laser Lines joins Make UK Defence

We are delighted to announce that we have joined Make UK Defence, a trade association that champions the role of UK manufacturing in the defence supply chain, making sure that it has its voice heard at government level.

One of only three trade associations that is recognised by the UK’s Ministry of Defence (MOD), Make UK Defence is a not-for-profit organisation that is owned by its members. It is part of Make UK, the organisation that celebrates and champions manufacturing in the UK.

Laser Lines joins companies such as BAE Systems, Thales, Lockheed Martin and Raytheon UK, who are all strategic partners to Make UK Defence.

Additive benefits for defence

By joining Make UK Defence, Laser Lines will be able to share the benefits of additive manufacturing for a wide variety of defence applications with its 350 members. With shorter lead times, faster iterations and bespoke solutions made possible with additive manufacturing, there are plenty of benefits to be had for the UK’s defence infrastructure.

“We have a long association with defence companies in the UK” says Mark Tyrtania, sales director at Laser Lines. “We have recently installed the first two Stratasys F3300 machines at BAE Systems, enabling it to take advantage of the machines’ faster throughput and cheaper costs per part.

“Against the backdrop of an uncertain security environment, the flexibility and rapid deployment that additive manufacturing allows is vital to unlocking greater value for money for the UK’s defence spend. The strong, repeatable, and robust parts that modern additive manufacturing techniques offer have huge potential to improve the way that parts for defence applications are designed and deployed.

“Modern production approaches, such as digital inventories and parts on demand, have the potential to revolutionise defence manufacturing across the world. Additive manufacturing is incredibly useful both as a prototyping aid when designing products, and when making jigs and fixtures. But increasingly it is used to produce field-ready parts at a fraction of the cost of traditional manufacturing.

“We look forward to sharing out expertise with the other members of Make UK Defence and add our voice to this respected trade association.”

If you want to discuss how additive manufacturing could assist with your defence projects, please email us at [email protected] or call 01295 672599.