CyBe Construction was established in 2012 by the founder and CEO Berry Hendriks. CyBe has developed hardware, software, building materials, and learning platforms, it is one of the leaders in this construction industry and has a motto to “learn by doing”. Unlike most 3D printing companies, one can say that the CEO and founder of CyBe Berry Hendriks has the blood of construction flowing throw his veins. Berry Hendriks’ family runs a construction company that dates back to 1922, where he’s brother is the current owner of the company, after his a father. He was a project manager in the company and produced a Bim project which meant he designed housing in 3d and at some point he has to manage almost 100 construction workers making sure that they would work starting at seven o’clock in the morning. After realizing the potential of the 3d printing industry he quit his job and started CyBe in 2012. The experiences gained helps CyBe to be more construction oriented than technology oriented, like Mr. Berry mentioned on the Automate Construction Podcast , “instead of focusing on the technology itself, we want to build faster and cheaper, the 3D printing and parametric designs technology is just a means to an end”.
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CyBe has been able to develop a unique printing material called “CyBe MORTAR’, it contains very low chloride and sulphate content, allowing it to set in just one hour, and it has around 32% less integrated CO2 than Portland cement.
NEW TECHOLOGY (Robotic arm versus Gantry system)
One cannot really rigidly rank the printing systems been used, as they are determined by factors of what kind of project is been done, where is the project been done and the regulations governing the environment of where the project is being done.
When using a gantry system, it needs to be shipped in modular units and a crane or a forklift is needed on site to put all the piece in place. The setup and take down cost is somewhat expensive especially when used on jobsites. On the other hand the robotic arm is can be easy to convey, but has limited height range when printing. The focus for robotic arm is on printing and pre-casting elements, whether on site or offsite, which can be later assembled.
In 2019 CyBe had a collaboration with an Indian company, they were to build a G + 3 apartment and using the robotic arm CyBe was able to print elements of the building and assemble. Their next project to print a G plus 7 building led to the development of their new model gantry system. The gantry system is 7 m x 10 m x 4 m, which enables the company to build two in a day. This model prints the floor and the walls of the building simultaneously.
CyBe has had the opportunity to be involved with many projects, as well as head many others. Currently CyBe is working on the first permitted C Bay house in Florida. They are also looking to expand in the American market as 3DPC continues to grow.
CyBe currently has land in Netherland, where they plan on building an apartment complex for 12 people, who can rent it. This project is going to be the first permanent building their latest gantry technology would be used to print, it has a quotation that estimates to reduce construction cost by 30 % when compared to the convention construction. All things being equal they plan to begin printing in their factory by August or September 2023 and are currently selecting the 12 occupant of the homes.
Even though there is still a small market for 3D printing in the construction industry and it isn’t frequently utilized to build homes, the adoption of this technology as a more cost-effective construction method is growing.
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