BigRep and BASF launch Concrete Formwork 3D printing material
Concrete formwork has been developed to process more complex building elements and can be processed on BigRep’s large format 3D printing systems.
The companies, which first teamed up in 2017, decided to focus their efforts on developing a 3D printable formwork material due to the ability of 3D printing to enable organic geometries, surfaces double curvature and cavities. Using traditional molds for these complex shapes requires highly skilled workers to build custom formwork, which can result in a lot of wasted material, long lead times, and high costs – often 40-60% of the total project budget.
By pairing this material with BigRep’s ONE and PRO 3D printing systems, which are equipped with build volumes of around one cubic meter, companies believe that complex forms can be produced up to three times faster and at less than one cubic meter. “ fraction of the cost ”.
“We are delighted to be working with Forward AM to bring more solutions to the architecture and construction industry,” commented Dr Sven Thate, CEO of BigRep. “Our customers are seeing huge savings in terms of cost and speed with our large format machines and the new concrete form filament. Our solutions open the doors to many new possibilities. “
“At Forward AM, we have developed a rigid formwork material that is very dimensionally stable, specially designed to work seamlessly on BigRep’s large format 3D printers,” added François Minec, Managing Director of BASF 3D Printing Solutions. “We are delighted to be able to provide this ready-to-use end-to-end manufacturing solution for custom formwork.”
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