Aerospace manufacturing technologies centre


The NRC's aerospace manufacturing technologies centre is located primarily on the campus of the Université de Montreal in Quebec, with two satellite facilities in Mirabel, Quebec and Ottawa, Ontario. Built in 2004, this hub of modern manufacturing practices supports industry, particularly the aerospace sector, to develop, demonstrate and implement next-generation, cost-effective manufacturing methods.

Our capabilities

We support our clients by performing research and technology development in the following areas:

Why work with us

The NRC is focused on supporting industry with the design and development of the next generation of cost-effective and environmentally friendly aircraft. Manufacturing makes up nearly half of Canada's aerospace sector and we are well positioned to enable industry throughout the supply chain to contribute to this highly competitive and lucrative market.

Our technical experts and engineers support our clients with the advancement and demonstration of cutting-edge manufacturing technologies that have the potential for significant cost savings while maintaining high levels of quality, reliability and performance.


  • CNC and robotic friction-stir welding end-effector and control systems
  • robotic 5 kW fiber laser system integrated with arc welding (cold metal transfer) for hybrid laser arc welding
  • CNC 3 kW direct laser system with metal powder and wire feeding for additive manufacturing
  • 42 kW electron beam welding, processing and additive manufacturing facility
  • linear friction welding system
  • non‑contact digital image correlation system for 3D deformation measurement
  • 1000‑ton hydroforming press
  • 250 and 500‑ton forging presses
  • automated dynamics fibre placement machine for manufacturing medium size thermoset and thermoplastic composite structures
  • VIPER 4000 fibre placement machine for manufacturing large size thermoset composite structures
  • a 20' × 6' high-temperature autoclave
  • resin transfer moulding equipment
  • laser ultrasonic inspection system for large size composite and metallic structures
  • continuous resistance welding for thermoplastic composites
  • 150 ton heated press for compression moulding and forming of thermoset and thermoplastic composites
  • thermal characterization facility for composites and resins (DSC, DMA, TGA)
  • a 20' × 20' × 20' gantry with 2 multi-axial Kuka robots for automated assembly/riveting and joining
  • intelligent shot peening equipment
  • tele-operation and haptic user interfacing
  • high-precision optical and laser tracking and vision systems for robotic applications
  • digital manufacturing and computing facility
  • mobile manipulator systems
  • industrial-level long-reach rail-mounted robots
  • a 5-axis Makino multi-tasking machining centre
  • a 5-axis DMG multi-tasking machining centre
  • a 6-axis Boehringer two-spindle turning centre
  • facilities for vibration assisted, laser-assisted, minimum quantity lubrication and cryogenic machining that can be linked to various machining and turning centres
  • an online coordinate measuring machine
  • high-temperature fretting wear facility