Automated Deposition

The National Composites Centre's open access research facility is the only one in the world able to offer the widest range of composite deposition machinery available to use by any organisation. Automated Fibre Placement (AFP) capabilities are truly world-class with versatile, accurate and high rate large form factor equipment available to complete products consistently.  A dedicated team of technicians and research engineers support the highest level of IP development through machine learning and process optimisation.


Coriolis & Accudyne AFP

  • Robot arm & gantry based actuation
  • 8 x 6.35mm material courses
  • Thermoset/Thermoplastic/Dry fabric tapes
  • IR/Laser/Flash lamp heating

Electro-Impact AFP/ATL

  • Robotic AFP & ATL
  • IR & Flash lamp heating
  • 12.7mm tows - 300mm tapes
  • Dry fibre and thermoset prepreg

Ultra High Rate Deposition Cell

  • 2 bridge gantry
  • 5m x 20m ply deposition
  • 1m/s rate
  • 4 deposition tools

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COVID-19 update

Following the Prime Minister’s Briefing on Monday 23 March where he gave clear guidance for the nation to stay at home, and in line with University of Bristol action to close down all of its buildings, the NCC has taken the decision to close both the NCC HQ and NCC Filton centres until further notice, effective from 24 March 2020. 

The vast majority of NCC staff have already been working from home, successfully holding digital meetings with our members, customers and other partners and will continue to do so. You can still get in touch with us through your usual contacts via email and phone, or please email We are in touch with our customers to discuss arrangements for our current projects.

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