Digitize Production to Create Complex Concrete Formwork Faster and Cheaper
Produce complex formwork at lightning speed with reduced lead times.
Save money with reduced costs of digital craftsmanship.
Achieve complex shapes unthinkable with traditional methods.
Concrete formwork in construction can make up 40 – 60% of a total budget, especially for complex shapes such as curved concrete forms. Some designs like organic shapes, double curved surfaces, and cavities are simply not feasible to produce because they require highly skilled laborers to produce customized formwork resulting in high costs, long lead times, and material waste.
BigRep 3D printers can produce large-scale, complex formwork up to 3x faster at a fraction of the cost of traditional methods. With the new CONCRETE FORMWORK filament developed by BASF Forward AM and BigRep, you can unlock the massive benefits of 3D printed formwork.
BigRep 3D printers empower customers and partners to produce concrete formwork for building restoration, concrete facade panels, precast concrete stairs, public sculptures, and more.
3D printed formwork is a perfect solution for casting complex geometries. The first step is to design and print the formwork. For restoration projects, it is also possible to scan existing elements to create the 3D models for the formwork.
If the formwork is larger than BigRep print volume (1m3 on the BigRep ONE, for example) then it can be printed in parts and assembled after. If needed, the 3D printed formwork can be post-processed with a variety of methods. It is also possible to combine traditional formwork for simple shapes with 3D printed formwork for complex parts. Then the concrete is cast using standard methods. Finally the formwork can be cleaned and reused.