The NCC Design group provides product lifecycle capability in composite and multi-material systems engineering. We combine our composite design expertise with advanced Computer-Aided-Engineering tools to create high quality design solutions for a wide range of industries and applications. Our engineers have a wealth of academic and industrial experience that is vital in supporting our customers to progress their ideas from conception through to manufactured prototypes.

How we can help

  • Read more about Conceptual Design and Detailed Analysis

    Conceptual Design and Detailed Analysis

    Proof of concept studies including materials and process selection, performance optimisation, geometrical features and cost analysis. High-fidelity modelling for failure predictions of composite and multi-matwerial structures

  • Read more about Manufacturing Process Simulation

    Manufacturing Process Simulation

    Virtual manufacturing to understand and improve quality across the range of composite manufacturing technologies including preforming, automated layup, liquid composite moulding, injection and compression moulding and cure kinetics.

  • Read more about Tooling and Test Fixture Development

    Tooling and Test Fixture Development

    Design, manufacture and management of tooling, jigs and fixtures for a variety of manufacturing processes.  Design and development of inspection and test fixtures for product validation and verification.

Case Study

Sit-Ski - HVM Catapult Technology Demonstrator

The NCC, in collaboration with the Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC), Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) and WMG centre of the High Value Manufacturing (HVM) Catapult worked on a collaborative project to develop a technology demonstrator; the Sit-Ski, a device designed for individuals with lower extremity limitations to be used on mountain slopes.

The NCC Design team played a pivotal role in the development of the Sit-Ski; providing overall technical authority to the project as well as designing, fabricating, assembling and testing a significant proportion of the primary structural elements.One of the key successes from using a combination of experience with the right software products was the ability to carry out an entirely virtual assessment of performance and structural reliability before a single tool or component was manufactured. The whole process from concept to manufactured assembly took less than 3 months and would not have been possible without the help of the virtual design tools.

In 2018, the project won The Engineer’s Collaborate to Innovate award for Manufacturing Technology.

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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.