Tooling and Test Fixture Development

Our tooling team are engaged throughout the product development cycle to ensure that manufactured components meet the demands of our customers. We have a highly experienced group of tooling engineers with a detailed understanding of a diverse range of composite manufacturing techniques, including the stages prior to and post-production that require tooling and fixturing solutions. Our team also research and develop novel solutions to production challenges that includes complex electrical systems (heating, sensors, actuation etc.) as well as new materials and production processes for cost-effective tooling suites.

Tooling is often one of the most expensive and long-lead time items during product development so our team work collaboratively with internal and external stakeholders to produce concepts, perform detailed design and manage suppliers and equipment.

How we can help

Tooling Design

  • Research and development of new tooling materials and novel design concepts
  • Application of Computer-Aided-Design (CAD) tools to develop digital mock-ups and drawings for manufacture
  • Complex tooling systems for layup, cure, trimming, assembly and inspection

Test Fixture Design

  • Mechanical fixtures for material characterisation and structural tests
  • System design for complex mechanisms
  • Engagement with test labs and structural analysis teams to support provision of sensing and data acquisition

Procurement and Management

  • Support to internal project teams and management of external tooling and machining suppliers
  • Providing technical authority to the management and application of tooling assets

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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.