Boss Products, one of Australia’s most successful and oldest family-owned building product manufacturers, has transitioned from its traditional manufacturing processes to the launch the country’s first construction 3D printing factory. This facility has technology from Luyten 3D, the first company to 3D print a house in Australia.
“We could see the challenges ahead were going to be tough. As one of the leading manufacturers and suppliers of street furniture for parks and public outdoor spaces, planter boxes for commercial settings and retaining walls for domestic and commercial use, we were constantly having to find ways of making the manufacturing process more efficient but key elements including labour, power, and other operating costs were continuing to rise. We had to find another way.”– Michael Boss, CEO, Boss Products
Construction 3D Printing Factory
The Boss Products building and construction 3D printing factory is located in Melbourne and produces products for the industry across the commercial and domestic sectors. It is one of the biggest suppliers of planter boxes and retaining walls.
Boss also expressed his excitement of having the Luyten 3D printers in their factory, “We looked into 3D printing and realised that this was the answer. We searched the world for the most advanced and reliable 3D printing technology for building and construction and ended up finding the technology right here in Melbourne; Luyten 3D is the world’s best in its field. Companies all over the world are buying Luyten’s 3D printing technology and transforming their businesses, their customers and their industries.”
Boss added, “We couldn’t believe how lucky we were to find the world’s best 3D printers for manufacturing and building and construction in the suburb next door. We purchased their Platypus X2 3D printer which they customised for us. It is a large machine with extraordinary capacity that is extremely easy to use and incredibly versatile.”
According to Boss, the traditional process of manufacturing a planter box involves an order time of four to six weeks to allow for materials. During this time, the company builds the supporting structure for the mould, makes the mould, pours the concrete mix into the mould, and waits for the mould to dry. The actual manufacturing process takes up to 10 days in total. The traditional process involves significant resources, labour and other costs. It also takes a long time.
“Using our new Platypus X2 3D printer, we are now able to print a planter box in a matter of 20 to 30 minutes. We have cut time, resources and costs up to 95 percent. We are now literally able to manufacture at a rate that is hundreds of times higher at a fraction of the cost.”
Boss believes that his business is now equipped to grow the business at an exponential rate and insulate the business against other issues impacting Australia’s manufacturing sector.
“We are absolutely thrilled to see our technology being used right here in Australia. In fact, many businesses are starting to realise the unrivalled benefits of 3D printing. Our focus is to bridge the technological gap in large-scale and manufacturing industries through the introduction of robust construction automation technologies such as cutting-edge 3D printing and additive technologies.”– Ahmed Mahil, CEO, Luyten 3D
Luyten is able to transform construction projects that traditionally take months or years to complete, and finishes them within a number of days. The 3D concrete printing revolutionary technology reduces 60 percent of construction waste, 70 percent of production time, and 80 percent of labour costs when comparing hands-on construction projects.
Since launching, Luyten’s mission has been to make construction easier and more sustainable across a broad range of industries by reducing the time and cost to build, the amount of construction waste generated, and the impact of build activities on the surrounding environment.
About Luyten 3D: Luyten designs and manufactures custom large-scale three-dimensional concrete printers that cater for all project needs on site from conceptual design through to the final product. The business offers 3D concrete printing solutions for the incorporation of three-dimensional membranes on traditional construction sites, as well as on-site concrete printing consultations, operational assistance, and rental service offerings. Luyten is already in advanced talks with overseas businesses keen to utilise the technology.
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