Concrete formwork is becoming more versatile, enabling architects and designers to restudy the use of cast-in-place concrete- not only for structural purposes, but also for architectural effects. This versatility has, to some extent, been tied to the development of prefabricated forming systems. Today, prefabricated forming systems offer the contractor: the ability to assemble components for almost any size or shape form; the need for very little on-site skilled labor; the ability to reuse forms either as a large section or as individual units. Still only three out of every five contractors have used a prefabricated forming system. Some contractors feel apprehensive about using factory built forms, but let's take a moment to examine their basic objections point by point: (1) Prefab forms cost too much. Forming equipment has to be profitable to the contractor or it won't be profitable to the manufacturer. Most manufacturers prepare cost quotations and bills of material on all jobs. Therefore, the actual form cost for equipment is known. The contractor then knows what his cost will be and can figure his labor and reuses accordingly. Since the cost of formwok for certain projects can be 40 to 60 percent of the total cost, it is to the contractor's advantage to have the job engineered and to have a cost quotation. Through experience on hundreds of jobs, the manufacturer can recommend concrete placing schedules and forming sequences. (2) Freight is too expensive and takes too long. Freight is something to consider, but in evaluating prefabricated formwork versus job-built forms, the total cost of a job should determine which technique is the best for a particular application. No matter what system is used, freight or transportation is always present. The saving on any job comes from materials and labor. Other objections are covered in the article.