Centre for Aerospace Manufacturing

The Future Automated Aircraft Assembly Demonstrator Phase 2 (FA3D2) will deliver a national experimental testbed and technology demonstrator in digital and informatics enabled aerospace manufacturing technologies. It provides an opportunity for UK based aerospace manufacturing businesses to test, demonstrate and accelerate the implementation of new breakthrough technologies thus allowing them to compete on productivity, quality and cost with rival offshore businesses. 

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Future Automated Aircraft Assembly Demonstrator Phase 2

The FA3D2 facility will provide open access to a variety of UK companies with a specific focus on support for manufacturing SMEs. It will also support community engagement to attract future engineering graduates to careers in the aerospace industry.


  • Integrate a variety of diverse processes and disruptive technologies ​
  • Deliver a step change in human centred assembly automation ​
  • Develop smart assembly cell architecture and infrastructure to accommodate seamless product variation, increase capacity and reduce costs​
  • Demonstrate platform utilising industrial scenarios, to evaluate and validate

Impact / Results

  • Engage with UK aerospace industry to define roadmap​
  • Deliver national experimental testbed and demonstrator ​
  • Secure future industrially led research projects ​

Contact us to find out more...

To find out more about FA3D2 get in touch with Alison Turner or Svetan Ratchev.

Project Team


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Project Reference

IUK 113163


Centre for Aerospace Manufacturing

Advanced Manufacturing Building
Jubilee Campus
Nottingham, NG7 2GX

email: Svetan.Ratchev@nottingham.ac.uk