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Shutter Or Form
A made up reusable section of formwork or shuttering that could consist of timber and ply, or any number of steel, steel and ply, or other material. It is made once and used many times. Also known as a form.

traditonal beam formwork

A sketch of ply and timber forms used to make a beam. In making up forms there is always a compromise. If they are made with thicker stronger materials then they are heavier to handle. Many times they need cranes to lift them into position. In this case they do the job better, keep straight and need less (but stronger) bracing.

Conversely lighter forms like drawn in the sketch are easily handled by manpower alone, but they need a lot more bracing

Aluminium shutters used to form a slab soffit

A proprietary modular aluminium frame system with 12mm thick sheet ply faces used to quickly form the soffit of a suspended concrete slab.

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