Advantages of Using 3D Printed Forms for a Precast Concrete Project

3D printing, or additive manufacturing, is an innovative solution for many construction projects. Its use on actual projects is especially noteworthy, however, because the construction industry is often hesitant to embrace new technology. Here is an exception.

Rather than using traditional wooden molds to manufacture architectural window panels for the One South First-Domino Sugar project, the precast concrete producer used 3D-printed molds to cost-effectively create a random pattern for the panels’ openings. This not only reduces waste because 3D-printed molds can be reused 10 times more often than wooden molds, but also results in a higher quality finish on the concrete panels. 3D mold printing can accommodate imaginative, complicated geometry and compensates for the lack of skilled tradespeople. This project is a case study in collaboration. A government agency and laboratory, trade and technical association, 3D printing company, and precast concrete producer worked together to implement the use of this new technology.

  • AIA Learning Units:
    1.0 LU
  • ICC CEU:
    .10 CEU
02:00 PM - 02:50 PM
28 September 2021


Mo Wright
Marketing Director, Gate Precast Company
Diana Hun
Building Envelopes Subprogram Manager, Oak Ridge National Laboratory