Owner company in a 3D printing factory for construction

Family-owned building products manufacturer Boss Products has transitioned from its traditional manufacturing processes to launching a new 3D printing offering for the building and construction industry.

Boss’ concrete 3D printing factory in Melbourne focuses on the commercial and domestic sectors, including the supply of planters and retaining walls.

Boss Products CEO Michael Boss said, “We could see the challenges ahead were going to be difficult.

“We constantly had to find ways to make the manufacturing process more efficient, but key elements such as labor, energy and other operating costs continued to rise.

“We had to find another way.”

Boss looked into 3D printing and realized that was the answer, before searching the world for the most advanced and reliable 3D printing technology for building and construction.

The company has identified another Melbourne manufacturer, Luyten, and its Platypus X2 3D printer (pictured).

“It’s a big machine with extraordinary capacity, extremely easy to use and incredibly versatile.”

The system has now replaced traditional processes that involve a four to six week order lead time to account for materials.

During this time, the company constructs the mold support structure, fabricates the mold, pours the concrete mix into the mold, and waits for the mold to dry, which takes up to 10 days of processing time in total.

“Thanks to our new Platypus X2 3D printer, we are now able to print a planter in 20 to 30 minutes.

“We have reduced time, resources and costs by up to 95%. We are now literally able to manufacture hundreds of times faster at a fraction of the cost.

“We are already planning to set up a new factory nearby to give us the increased production space to quadruple our capacity to print planters and other products per year.”

Founded in Melbourne, Luyten 3D has also partnered with the University of New South Wales to advance the printing of structures and base camps on the moon.

Luyten CEO Ahmed Mahil said, “We are absolutely thrilled to see our technology used right here in Australia.

“In fact, many companies are beginning to realize the unparalleled benefits of 3D printing,” .

Image: Luyten their Platypus X2 3D print

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