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NRC’s aerospace manufacturing technology program helps industry assess, demonstrate, adapt and implement manufacturing technologies that have the potential to decrease the life cycle cost of aerospace products and make them more globally competitive.


  • Metal and composite joining
  • Forming, machining, and finishing technologies for aircraft and engine components
  • Automation and robotics for assembly
  • Surface treatments

Read more about NRC Aerospace expertise in manufacturing technology.

See a complete list of NRC Aerospace research programs.


  • 500-ton isothermal forging press
  • 1000-ton hydroforming press
  • Nd-YAG and Co2 lasers
  • Electron beam welder
  • Friction stir welder
  • Linear friction welding machine
  • Fibre placement machinery
  • 6 m (20 ft.) x 1.83 m (6 ft.) high-temperature autoclave
  • resin transfer moulding equipment
  • 6 m (20 ft.) x 6 m (20 ft.) x 6 m (20 ft.) gantry with 2 multi-axial KUKA robots
  • Intelligent shot peening equipment
  • 5-axis Maniko multi-tasking machining centre
  • 6-axis Boehringer 2-spindle turning centre
  • Online coordinate measurement system

Find a complete list of NRC’s aerospace facilities.

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