History of MetLase
MetLase roots can be traced back many years within Rolls-Royce. It originated in Hucknall as a system that could rapidly solve engineering problems by combining laser-cutting, CNC press-brake and ingenuity, into a system that could rapidly solve a huge class of engineering problems.
These principles of rapid-iteration, problem-solving, and automated machining (no manual cutting or welding, and virtually all components being made on the laser-cutter) were adopted by a small internal team at Rolls-Royce, known internally as "Pro-Laser", and the division was moved to the Advanced Manufacturing Park (AMP) in Sheffield in 2007 so it could have more autonomy to innovate.
In 2014, Unipart and Rolls-Royce decided to collaborate in a joint venture, recognising the huge potential for this technology in wider manufacturing sectors, and MetLase was incorporated on the 1st September 2015.
MetLase draws on the heritage of both its parents in the Aerospace and Automotive sectors; we moved into new premises at the AMP in May 2016, and are continuing to expand. The original team has more than tripled in size and is continuing to grow.
Supporting British Manufacturing
We are a growing company, whose speed and responsiveness is supported by the engineering pedigree, manufacturing and logistical expertise of our parent companies.
We have the unique ability to apply patented techniques, honed in the demanding aerospace industry, to a vast range of problems across all manufacturing sectors and all parts of the value chain, and to do so with amazing speed and precision.
MetLase combines excellence in mechanical engineering, innovation and ingenuity to create a valuable new addition to British manufacturing.
MetLase aspires to be a Great British Tooling Company.
Rolls-Royce use MetLase technology across manufacturing, assembly, development and repair activities, with excellent results - many of which could not be done any other way. Over the space of the few years MetLase's contribution has grown dramatically delivering large savings and significant process capability improvements across the company Stephen Burgess, Director, Rolls Royce, Manufacturing Technology
MetLase's processes are highly efficient. Laser cutting uses far less energy than welding and produces very little waste material. All of our scrap, steel and titanium is, of course, recycled. Our purpose-built facility was constructed in accordance with the appropriate environmental regulations. Finally, CAD requires powerful computers: all of our workstations use silent power-supplies with an efficiency exceeding 92%.