Concrete Casting with
3D Printed Formwork
Digitize Production to Create Complex Concrete Formwork Faster and Cheaper
You can't wait to find out, how you could make your own 3D printed formwork?
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.
Advanced Applications with
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.
BESPOKE STAIRS, NEST STEP2 UNIT
Designed by DBT at ETH Zurich partnered with BASF Forward AM, ROK, SW Umwelttechnik and WaltGalmarini. NEST by EMPA is an innovative building utilizing digital fabrication and circular economy.
Image © DBT / ETH Zurich
BB Beton, Public Sculpture
BB Beton uses 3D printed formwork to produce large-scale concrete sculptures for public parks in Stockholm.
Image © Veilhan, Alexis Bertrand / Bildkunst and Robin Hayes, 2020
Dreßler Bau, Custom Curtain Wall
This curtain wall is a custom-designed facade panel developed by BASF Forward AM with BigRep technology for Dressler Bau.
How to Produce 3D Printed Formwork for Concrete Casting
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.
3D Print the formwork
Assemble the parts
(for extra large formwork)
Post-process the formwork
Cast concrete using standard methods
Clean and reuse the formwork
"The 3D printed form was decisive for us with regard to the required complexity in this project and the best choice compared to alternative solutions on the market."
Fabian Ritter, Head Of Innovation at Geiger
"The BigRep One enables the production of complex formwork components for our precast concrete parts and a high degree of flexibility from the quotation to prototypes to the individual implementation of our customers' wishes."
Conrad Henke - CEO of BB Beton
"Thanks to our productive collaboration with BigRep and BASF, the development of smart formwork systems for bespoke-high performant concrete structures becomes reality."
Benjamin Dillenburger, Professor at ETH Zurich
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