Operator of laser machine

Laser based manufacturing

Discover the power of laser with our precision manufacturing expertise

Our capability

Whether you’re at the beginning of your laser-based manufacturing journey or looking to progress your capability - we can help. 

As the UK’s Centre of Excellence for Laser in Manufacturing (CoE-LiM), we offer an unrivalled range of support; from defining the right process, whether that be macro or micro, right through to upskilling staff. Our network of experts will help you overcome your challenges and show you the benefits that laser-based manufacturing can bring.

Our state-of-the-art facilities and independent advice have helped hundreds of organisations (from SME to large multinationals) to transform their production processes, saving them time and money, and making them more sustainable.

Because we’re fully independent and supplier agnostic, you can rest assured the solutions we provide are the right ones for you and not influenced by any external commercial pressures.

Tian Long MTC

Meet Tian Long, our Laser Based Manufacturing Expert

Tian Long is a laser processing expert at MTC. Holding a PhD in laser surface engineering from the University of Manchester, Tian Long specialises in laser-material interactions for pulsed laser processing, surface metrology, and functional surface analysis particularly in tribology. He develops advanced laser surface processing technologies, including cleaning, polishing, and texturing. Tian Long's expertise is applied to industrial applications through various national and European collaborative projects.

Did you know?

What is Laser Based Manufacturing?

Laser-based manufacturing is a technique that uses light as a heat source to change the properties of a material either physically or chemically. Lasers perform a range of processing; macro (cutting, drilling and welding) and micro (micromachining, texturing, cleaning, polishing and hardening). The process is digital, flexible and more sustainable. 

Laser based technology

Discover the benefits of laser-based manufacturing: 

Improve productivity icon

Improve productivity

Laser-based manufacturing can significantly improve productivity for a range of processes including cutting, drilling, cleaning, texturing, cladding and welding. It can be focused and carefully targeted onto the material workpiece, allowing targeted processing and creating sub-micron level features.  

Increase profitability icon

Increase profitability

The cost savings made from improving and speeding up processes using laser manufacturing soon offset the initial cost of the equipment. We’ll help you streamline your manufacturing processes using lasers, enabling your business to grow faster and more efficiently.

Reduce waste icon

Reduce waste

Laser material processing improves sustainability as it eliminates tool wear and tear. Its precision and targeted processing also means fewer materials are wasted.

Our team of experts can guide you through the full potential of laser manufacturing

Advanced Machining

Surface Engineering

Material Joining

A structured approach to laser manufacturing

Technology down-selection
Manufacturing experts devising a new strategy

Technology down-selection

We’ll help you identify exactly what you need and then find the right technology suppliers to match your requirements

A trusted partner

  • The UK’s Centre of Excellence for Laser in Manufacturing (CoE-LiM) with the widest breadth of laser technology available all under one roof in the UK
  • The only place that allows customers to assess the full process/product adoption lifecycle under one roof - from initial feasibility studies through to on-site support and training
  • Trusted, independent and supplier agnostic organisation with a strong reputation in the UK, and internationally, for technical and academic excellence in laser application and development
  • Excellent relationships with a broad network of laser users, laser manufacturers and laser trade bodies across the UK and Europe, with the ability to pull partners together to deliver throughout the supply chain
  • Significant, proven experience in the area with successful examples of supporting industry in taking processes from development to commercialisation  
  • Successfully delivered, industry-led, applied hands-on training across core laser processes
  • Access to a group of highly skilled engineers with a combined 300 years of industrial experience working across the entire spectrum of laser manufacturing: advanced machining, surface engineering and material joining

Laser welding of titanium fairings image 1


Your questions answered

What is laser processing?

Laser-based manufacturing (LBM) is a technique that uses light as a heat source to change the properties of materials either physically or chemically. This allows lasers to perform a range of processing from macro (cutting, drilling and welding) to micro (micromachining, texturing, cleaning, polishing and hardening).   

Are laser-based technologies expensive? 

What can laser processing technology do for my business?

I am unable to produce a new product with current manufacturing methods, could laser technology help me do this? 

How flexible can this technology be? 

Where can I see industrial lasers in action?  

Which laser should I use? 

Can laser-based technology be easily automated? 

Will laser processing damage the material processed? 

How accurate are laser processing techniques? 

What are the safety requirements for operating a laser? 

How fast are lasers? 

How can I maximise revenue from my existing laser? 

What skills might be transferrable to a new laser? 

Get in touch

Form submitted successfully