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The Possibilities of 3D Printing for Formwork Construction

When people talk about 3D printing and architecture, they often mean the direct printing of concrete. But there are other possible applications of additive manufacturing in architecture.

One of them is 3D printing of formwork elements. Classic formwork is designed to place straight walls at a 90-degree angle to each other, if possible. If more complex structures or surfaces are planned, special formwork quickly becomes necessary. In an exposed concrete pilot project, formwork specialist Doka has investigated a special approach: The 3D printing of a multi-curved formlining that was combined with a conventional formwork system. The approach was convincing, because not only was the time required for assembly reduced, but the casting result with its surfaces was also impressive.

Get more insight about the project and the collected experiences and findings as well as further information about the possibilities of 3D printing for architects, formworkers and civil engineers in this webinar.

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Our Speaker

Helmut Hilliges,

Helmut Hilliges (born in 1974) joined Doka in Maisach, Germany, in 2002 as a trained master carpenter and studied construction engineering. He headed the Special Formwork Construction Department for seven years before moving to Applications Engineering as a project engineer in 2010. As project manager, he oversaw the use of an additively manufactured formlining for concrete casting in a unique pilot project during the construction of the new main headquarters of the Sächsische Landesbank in Leipzig.


Tobias King, Director Application & Marketing

Tobias King started at voxeljet in 2008 as a project engineer in the mechanical engineering and after sales department. He then took over responsibility for the Sales and Marketing department. Since 2014, he has held the position of Director Marketing & Applications. As an industrial engineer by education, he is in charge of the project management for alternative applications of the Binder Jetting 3D printing technology. These include the use of additively manufactured formwork elements for concrete casting and architecture.

In this webinar you will learn:

  • What geometric advantages 3D printing offers for manufacturing highly complex elements.
  • How digital CAD data can be prepared to ensure a seamless combination with conventional formwork systems.
  • how additively manufactured components can be handled on a large construction site and how they behave in changeable weather conditions.

Missed the webinar?


Get more insight about the project and the collected experiences and findings as well as further information about the possibilities of 3D printing for architects, formworkers and civil engineers in this webinar.

Watch the recording now

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