3D Textiles

Typical advanced composites have excellent planar properties, but more sophisticated fibre placement techniques can enhance performance. 

How we can help

Overbraiding is a high-rate manufacturing process able to produce dry preforms of a range of shapes, including closed-sections, with a very efficient deposition method. 

NCC capabilities:

  • Triaxially reinforced parts up to 10m long and 800mm diameter with curved or twisted shapes
  • High deposition rates up to 50 kg/h
  • Carbon, glass, aramid, ceramic, metals, co-mingled, other

Through-thickness reinforcement enhances z-direction structural performance and damage resistance, to increase preform handle-ability or for joining preforms.  Our expertise in z-pinning, direct insertion, tufting and stitching provides these benefits for a range of dry and prepreg material systems. 

NCC capabilities:

  • Specialist design, manufacture and evaluation for TTR
  • Up to 40mm thick, large and curved geometrics
  • Dry or prepreg materials

Tailored Fibre Placement enables the creation of complex fibre architectures quickly and cheaply.  Significant expertise in each of these techniques is available to our clients, including the development of new intellectual property.

NCC capabilities:

  • Highly bespoke steered fibre preforms
  • Parts up to 500 x 600mm
  • Carbon, glass, aramid, co-mingled, other

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COVID-19 update - Easter shutdown and new working pattern

The NCC is taking a break for the Easter holidays and will be completely shutdown from Good Friday (10th April), returning on Monday 20th April.

From 20th April, all NCC staff will work a 4-day week, from Mondays to Thursdays. We will be completely shut on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. We will also re-open our workshop to support customer work and the national ventilator and recovery efforts, following a message from the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy to the UK manufacturing sector. We will have a phased return to the workshop for some of our manufacturing team, observing special measures for social distancing. 

The majority of our staff will continue to work from home. You can get in touch with us through your usual contacts via email and phone, or please email

Thank you for your understanding and patience. We will continue to update our website and social media channels to keep you informed.