Research & Development

In it with the innovators

We thrive at the leading edge of composite research and development, utilising new technologies and techniques to push our clients further.

Our team gets up in the morning to hear clients say things like "Can this actually be done?" or "We might be crazy, but could we...". 

From developing the application of composite nanotechnology to finding a way to 3D print and produce the largest carbon sculpture ever made in New Zealand, if it pushes the boundaries, we're all in. 

Specialist Capabilities

Dedicated Development Team
3D Print Rapid Prototyping
Generations of Fabrication Expertise
Extensive Tooling Library
CNC & Craftsmanship Combined
The Competitive Ambition

The Process

If you know that you need a product or component to meet certain criteria but you're still working out the design and want to test and learn as you go, let's work in parallel.

Here's how.

Scope First we work with you to understand and define the scope of what you need to achieve.
Solution Finding Our composite experts work on layups and production options
Make it. Break it. This step is about making stuff and breaking stuff in iteration loops.
Make > Test > Refine
Production Ready Once we've iterated to a final approach, you're ready to shift gears into manufacturing mode.

"We'd never attempted anything like this before."

Find out how extensive R&D allowed us to build the world's largest Carbon-wrapped, 3D Printed Sculpture.

Emirates Team New Zealand

An alignment of values, coupled with fast-paced prototyping meant a perfect partnership.

Te Ahi Tupua

Stacey Gordine and his team scoured the globe for someone who could build their 12-meter-high structure, to no avail. Then Kilwell Fibrelab presented a solution, right on their doorstep.

LTA Research

When LTA research needed a production partner for their 21st-century Airship, they tested the world's best. And they chose Kilwell Fibrelab.

Hardy Rifle Engineering

Hardy Rifle Engineering set out with a clear goal; produce a world-leading precision rifle that combines incredible accuracy and usability with showstopping design.

Send us a brief

Keen to team up? Let us know what you have in mind, and one of our team will get in touch to talk through your project and scope it with you. If you would like to share any drawings now, please do. Or, if you would prefer that we enter in an NDA first, we can make that happen quickly and easily.

If your competitive edge comes from composites, we hear your call.  

COLLABORATION MAKES US

STRONGER LIGHTER FASTER BIGGER