Concrete 3D: Vorarlberg company as a pioneer in 3D printing with concrete.
JOLO Betonfertigteile and Tomaselli Gabriel Bau have founded a joint company for 3D printing with concrete: Concrete 3D GmbH, based in Nüziders (Vorarlberg / Austria), is one of the first companies in the world that is already using concrete parts from the 3D printer in practice . The shareholders have invested around 300,000 euros in the facility.
The pilot phase was successfully completed at the beginning of February, and market entry is now beginning.
Up until now, 3D printing with concrete has only been used in research and used in a few reference projects. Concrete 3D GmbH from Vorarlberg is now one of the first companies in the world to use 3D-printed concrete parts in practice. “This young, exciting technology has enormous potential. We want to be among the first with this innovation, ”is how the two managing directors Markus Loacker and Philipp Tomaselli formulate the ambitious goal.
The first 3D-printed parts were also used in projects of the shareholders. Loacker: “Thanks to our partnership, development and practical implementation go hand in hand.”
The two companies are each with 50 percentt involved in Concrete 3D GmbH. After about three months of familiarization with the first projects, the market entry follows in March. “We will gain further experience with pilot customers from the region and then become active step by step in the entire German-speaking area,” says division manager Michael Gabriel, looking forward to the start.
“We will gain further experience with pilot customers from the region and then become active step by step in the entire German-speaking area”
Division manager Michael Gabriel
The re are also hardware and software components.
The re are hardly any limits to the possibilities: “3D printing opens up new dimensions. What used to be unthinkable with concrete, free-form production without formwork, is now becoming a reality. We can manufacture complex geometries – and we can do so in series, ”explains Michael Gabriel. “Digitization, industrialization and productivity are major future topics in the construction industry. 3D printing combines all three and also enables individuality, ”explains Philipp Tomaselli.
A positive side effect: the concrete elements can be reduced to the structurally necessary dimension using 3D printing – this saves material, costs and protects the climate.
Successful practical test at the Bau
Concrete 3D will initially focus on the production of semi-finished parts, facade elements, recesses and furniture. Façade parts offer architects new ways of expression. Prefabricated concrete recesses enable cost savings when concreting ceilings and walls. This eliminates the need for complex formwork with wood on the construction site. “Less effort, less material, less waste: 3D concrete printing enables more sustainability in the construction industry”, Philipp Tomaselli is convinced. At JOLO precast concrete and Tomaselli Gabriel Bau, the recesses are already being used successfully in practice.
An important task for the new company is to make the new opportunities known to the market. “Many cannot imagine that concrete can be printed. And certainly not what can be made from it, ”says Markus Loacker. “We have to show construction companies, architects and structural engineers these options.”
To the company’s website.