BigRep and Forward AM introduce concrete formwork materials for the construction industry
BigRep, the German manufacturer of large-scale 3D printers, and Advance AM, BASF’s 3D printing business, introduced a new 3D printing material, CONCRETE FORMWORK, intended for the architecture and construction industry.
Architecture is the representation of a cultural era. By transforming its design language, designers can redefine the world around us. However, reality collapses when conventional formwork solutions quickly reach their limits as building elements become more complex. To meet this challenge, Forward AM and BigRep are expanding their partnership and have teamed up again to take advantage of the synergies between their main areas of expertise: virtual engineering, additive manufacturing, advanced materials development and large-scale printing. format.
Concrete formwork material
Formwork, the molds used in concrete construction, can account for 40-60% of a total budget, especially for complex shapes. Without 3D printing, some designs such as organic geometries, double curvature surfaces, and cavities are simply not feasible. They require highly skilled workers to build custom forms, resulting in high costs, long lead times and wasted materials.
“We are delighted to be working with Forward AM to bring more solutions to the architecture and construction industry. Our customers are seeing huge savings in terms of cost and speed thanks to our large format machines and the new FORMWORK CONCRETE filament. Our solutions open the doors to many new possibilities. “
– Dr Sven Thate, CEO of BigRep
BigRep 3D printers, with a build volume of up to 1 cubic meter, can produce large and complex forms up to 3 times faster at a fraction of the cost of traditional methods. With BigRep’s new CONCRETE FORMWORK filament powered by Forward AM, the huge benefits of 3D printed formwork are yours.
“At Forward AM, we have developed a very dimensionally stable rigid formwork material specifically designed to work seamlessly on BigRep’s large format 3D printers. We are delighted to be able to provide this ready-to-use end-to-end manufacturing solution for custom formwork. “
– François Minec, Managing Director BASF 3D Printing Solutions
Demonstrating the material’s efficiency and benefits for the construction industry, Forward AM and BigRep present the “Bespoke Stair at Nest Step2”, designed by DBT at ETH Zürich with ROK, SW Umwelttechnik and WaltGalmarini. The innovative concrete staircase expands the design possibilities of structural architectural elements, while minimizing costs, waste of materials and skilled labor. NEST, to be built at EMPA in Zurich, is an innovative building using digital manufacturing and the circular economy.
About the Manufactur3D magazine: Manufactur3D is an online magazine about 3D printing. Visit our Technical news page for more updates on Global 3D Printing News. To stay up to date with the latest happenings in the world of 3D printing, like us on Facebook or follow us on LinkedIn and Twitter.