Aerospace manufacturing technologies

Contact us

To discuss your project or find out more about how we can support your business, contact:

Dean Flanagan, Client Relationship Leader
Telephone: 613-990-8319

Targeted industries



Research facility highlights

NRC's aerospace manufacturing technologies centre is located primarily on the campus of the Université de Montreal in Quebec, with two satellite facilities in Mirabel, Quebec and Ottawa, Ontario. Built in 2004, this hub of modern manufacturing practices supports industry, particularly the aerospace sector, to develop, demonstrate and implement next-generation cost-effective manufacturing methods.

What we offer

We support our clients by performing research and technology development in the following areas:

  • Advanced material removal, with laser-assisted machining, vibration-assisted machining, super-abrasive grinding, machining of composites, dry machining and machining under minimum quantity lubrication, cryogenic machining, adaptive machining, process modelling and simulation, and process monitoring and control;
  • Automation, robotics, and intelligent manufacturing systems, with a diverse set of capabilities in modeling, digital manufacturing, design and development of automated manufacturing systems including robotic friction-stir welding, flexible automation, robotic structural assembly;
  • Composite structures fabrication, forming and joining, to advance technologies in the areas of liquid composite moulding, automated fibre placement and autoclave processing, forming and compression moulding, joining of thermoplastic composites, online cure monitoring, non-destructive inspection and thermal characterization of composites; and,
  • Metal joining and forming, to develop advanced joining, additive manufacturing (laser and electron beam), hydroforming and forging technologies with process modelling and simulation.

Our facilities include:

  • CNC and robotic friction-stir welding end-effector and control systems
  • robotic 5 kW fiber laser system integrated with arc welding (cold metal transfer) for hybrid laser arc welding
  • CNC 3 kW direct laser system with metal powder and wire feeding for additive manufacturing
  • 42 kW electron beam welding, processing and additive manufacturing facility
  • linear friction welding system
  • non‑contact digital image correlation system for 3D deformation measurement
  • 1000‑ton hydroforming press
  • 250 and 500‑ton forging presses
  • Automated Dynamics fibre placement machine for manufacturing medium size thermoset and thermoplastic composite structures
  • VIPER 4000 fibre placement machine for manufacturing large size thermoset composite structures
  • a 20' × 6' high temperature autoclave
  • resin transfer moulding equipment
  • Laser Ultrasonic Inspection System for large size composite and metallic structures
  • Continuous Resistance Welding for thermoplastic composites
  • 150 ton heated press for compression moulding and forming of thermoset and thermoplastic composites
  • thermal characterization facility for composites and resins (DSC, DMA, TGA)
  • a 20' × 20' × 20' gantry with 2 multi-axial Kuka robots for automated assembly/riveting and joining
  • intelligent shot peening equipment
  • tele-operation and haptic user interfacing
  • High precision optical and laser tracking and vision systems for robotic applications
  • digital manufacturing and computing facility
  • mobile manipulator systems
  • industrial-level long-reach rail-mounted robots
  • a 5-axis Makino multi-tasking machining centre
  • a 5-axis DMG multi-tasking machining centre
  • a 6-axis Boehringer two-spindle turning centre
  • facilities for vibration assisted, laser assisted, minimum quantity lubrication and cryogenic machining that can be linked to various machining and turning centers
  • an online coordinate measuring machine
  • high temperature fretting wear facility

Why work with us

NRC is focused on supporting industry with the design and development of the next generation of cost-effective and environmentally-friendly aircraft. Manufacturing makes up nearly half of Canada's aerospace sector and we are well positioned to enable industry throughout the supply chain to contribute to this highly competitive and lucrative market.

Our technical experts and engineers support our clients with the advancement and demonstration of cutting-edge manufacturing technologies that have the potential for significant cost-savings while maintaining high levels of quality, reliability and performance.


We offer fee-for-service testing at competitive rates that include the support of technical experts, research officers and engineers. Depending on the nature of a client's request, we also offer research and business opportunities that can translate into collaborative agreements or consortia work. Contact us to discuss your options and develop a customized plan to fit your technology needs.


Dean Flanagan, Client Relationship Leader
Telephone: 613-990-8319

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