Fabrication Technology Development Branch

Provides a variety of fabrication technologies enabling the development of research oriented hardware for aeronautics, space exploration, and scientific programs at Langley Research Center. We develop one-of-a-kind test specimens, employing special fabrication techniques applicable to additive manufacturing, composites, plastics, polymers, and laser ablation.

Advanced Manufacturing and Composite Capabilities

  • 3 & 5 Axis CNC Machining
  • Autoclaves
  • Automated Ply Cutter
  • Additive Manufacturing Systems – FDM/plastics, SLA/resins, SLM/metallics
    and Projet Wax Printing
  • Brazing
  • Composites Processing Lab
  • Computer Aided Design (CAD) – Additive Manufacturing
  • Coatings/Paint Booths
  • Electron Beam Free Form Fabrication System – wire additive
  • Freezers – Storage of Prepreg Composite Materials
  • Grinding Room
  • Instrumentation – Test Articles
  • Integrated Structural Assembly of Advanced Composites (ISAAC) housed in
    a ISO 7 Cleanroom Cell w/independent temperature and humidity control
  • Kilns/Ovens
  • Large Surface Tables for Layup & Assembly
  • Laser Ablation System
  • Laser Trackers
  • Materials Casting (Ceramic Models/Test Articles)
  • Overhead Cranes and Forklifts
  • Plastics Room – Adhesives, Resins, Paints, Solvents, etc.
  • Test Article and Tunnel Model Fabrication
  • Toolomg & Patterns
  • Precision Composites Machining
  • Classified Work Areas/Cells

Branch Head

Nancy M. H. Holloway
Email: Nancy.M.Holloway@nasa.gov

Assistant Branch Head

Kenneth A. Deyerle
Email: Kenneth.A.Deyerle@nasa.gov


  • ACP, ISAAC laying down material for ACP TC3 complex contour part