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?

3x FASTER 

Produce complex formwork at lightning speed with reduced lead times.

30% CHEAPER

Save money with reduced costs of digital craftsmanship.

COMPLEX FORMS

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.

Concrete Casting with 3D Printed Formwork
Concrete Formwork Stairs 3D Print
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

Geiger, Building Restoration

Geiger’s restoration of 5m tall window frames was finished on a short timeline with 3D printed formwork.

Concrete Formwork Sculpture 3D Print
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

Smart Concrete Wall, Embedded Technology

Designed by NOWLAB and presented in Dubai, this room divider features integrated electronics and sensors.

Concrete Facade Panels Formwork 3D Print
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.

How to make curved concrete forms - construction 3d print

Step 1

How to Make Concrete Forms 3D Print Step 1

3D Print the formwork

Step 2

How to Make Concrete Forms 3D Print Step 2

Assemble the parts
(for extra large formwork)

Step 3

How to Make Concrete Forms 3D Print Step 3

Post-process the formwork
(if needed)

Step 4

How to Make Concrete Forms 3D Print Step 4

Cast concrete using standard methods

Step 5

How to Make Concrete Forms 3D Print Step 5

Clean and reuse the formwork

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"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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