Leading Edge Composites
Who We Are
Leading Edge Composites is a full service, fully
integrated design, engineering, and
manufacturing firm specializing in Aviation,
Aerospace, and Defense.
For over 25 years, Leading Edge Composites (LEC) has been at the forefront of composite development and manufacturing, supplying lightweight, state of the art parts for aircraft manufacturers, military research and other structural applications.
LEC has been involved with numerous STCs for upgrading and designing utility, search & rescue and VIP interiors for rotor and fixed-wing aircraft and we have successfully collaborated in the development and manufacturing of aerospace, automotive, military parts, and ballistic panels.
- Engineering and Design – from concept to final
- Prototyping & Part Development
- Reverse Engineering
- Composite Materials & Processes
- Part Fabrication
- Production Runs
Leading Edge has the in-house capability to manufacture molds and tooling using the highest quality tooling materials and craftsmanship. Our molds and tooling can be designed to handle a wide range of production volumes, dimensional requirements, and processing conditions depending on customer or project requirements. We have the capability to manufacture pre-preg parts utilizing a variety of materials including carbon fiber, Kevlar, and fiberglass with cure temperatures of up to 500° F. Our climate-controlled lay-up/cleanroom is designed to eliminate any possible contamination during fabrication of composite parts, as well as during any modifications or repairs prior to curing.
In addition, Leading Edge Composites has perfected the process of design, layup, and molding of liquid composite parts using VARTM and similar production techniques. These capabilities provide us the opportunity to supply our customers with the most durable, high tech, cost-effective and lightweight composite parts available.
The employees of Leading Edge Composites have been well trained and have extensive experience in the composite industry. Leading Edge Composites is committed to maintaining ongoing education and training of our staff. We attend numerous product and material trade shows to make certain that we are involved with new and upcoming high tech materials, ensuring that we remain at the forefront of the composites industry.
Leading Edge works with the leading Aerospace manufactures such as Sikorsky, L3, Northrop Grumman, Columbia Helicopter, Bell Helicopter, Boeing, Lockheed Martin, Gulfstream, on both civilian and military applications.
Mold, tool and pattern design and fabrication
Fabrication of jig fixtures
5-Axis CNC Mill, 10’ x 10’ x 4’ Envelope
3-Axis (qty 2) CNC Machining Mill, 5’ x 12’ x 1’ Envelope
4-Axis CNC Machining Mill, 5’ x 12’ x 1’ Envelope
3-Axis CNC Bed Machining Mill, 18” x 36” x 18” Envelope
CNC Ply Cutter
FARO Quantum 13’ Portable CMM
FARO Blue HD Laser Scanner
Thermal Curing Ovens 8’ x 25’ x 8’ and 3’ x 3’ x 3’, and Autoclave 6’ x 12’ (Internal) Temperature controlled spray booth
Refrigeration unit for sensitive material storage
Thermoplasic Vacuum Forming
Vacuum Infusion/ (VARTM) & Vacuum Bagging
Prepreg lay-up of Fiberglass, Carbon Fiber & Kevlar
Composite structure repairs and modifications
Facilties and Equipment
Leading Edge Composites has a 40,000 sq ft facility dedicated to composite manufacturing. Leading Edge Composites has the following equipment to perform composite manufacturing of parts: (4) CNC machines, Bel-O-Vac 48”x96’’ thermoplastic vacuum forming machine, wood working machines, sheet metal machines, sheet metal and wood working hand tools, Wisconsin Oven (Cure parts up to 500° F), autoclave access (Cure parts up to 500° F), and a Faro Arm Portable Laser Scanner.
Leading Edge currently has 50 full time employees. We are a consortium member with the University of Delaware, Center for Composite Materials, which enables us to access and use their facilities, specialty equipment, libraries, and software.
Certifications and Affilations
NAICS: 336413 | Cage Code: 5SWK2 | JCP: 0073543 |D&B: 037973364 | SIC: 3721 3728 5088 9999 | ISO 9001:2015 & AS 9100:Rev.D Certified | PMA #: PQ2172NE
FAA Certificated Repair Station: 7LER602B
Engineering & Design
- Design of composite laminates and cored structures (honeycomb, balsa, foam, etc.)
- Finite Element Analysis
- PATRAN, NASTRAN
- Design/analysis of complex composite structures
- Composite process modeling
- Composite structure joint design
- CAD/CAM –
- FiberSIM flat pattern development for complex layups
- Reverse Engineering and inspection of Geometry using portable CMM
- Design for Manufacturing/Concurrent Engineering
- Complete Product and Process Development
- Composite Structure Joint Design
- Adhesive Bonding
- Mechanical Fasteners
- Surface Treatment
- Jig and Fixture Design
- Complete machining capabilities for prototypes, tooling, and production
- Rapid Prototyping – 3D Printing of small parts
- Specimen preparation
- Adhesive bonding (lap-shear, etc.)
- Strain gage installation
- Precision specimen machining/grinding
- Mechanical Testing
Largevariety of ASTM standard testing available
- Elevated and low-temperature testing
- Custom test development and fixture design
- Subcomponent, subelement, and full-scale testing of complex structures
Stock Parts & Materials
Take a look at our stock parts and materials. You can purchase the raw materials from us, or we can help you design and customize your parts or prototypes.
Book A Consultation
Contact us to discuss your project or custom design. We look forward to speaking with you.