Dutch construction company CyBe Construction has started working with concrete specialist Betonindustrie Brievengat (BIB) to build its first 3D-written houses in the Caribbean. By building them under the label “Lyve by CyBe”, the companies intend to demonstrate the freedom of style, value and interval benefits of 3D printing, as well as its potential as a method to address the growing housing shortage in the world. . “With concrete 3D printing, along with ‘Lyve by CyBe’ home design, we will solve this problem,” said Berry Hendriks, company executive and founding father of CyBe Construction.
CyBe has built a strong portfolio of design, engineering and construction services based on its proprietary concrete 3D printing technology since 2013. The company’s strategy is largely based on its ‘CyBe MORTAR’ building material, which has a very low concentration of chloride and sulfate. allowing it to set in less than an hour and contains approximately 32 percent less incorporated CO2 than Portland cement. CyBe sells permanent and mobile 3D printers to deposit your green cement.
The first, the ‘R 3Dp’, has an ABB robotic arm attached to a metal frame that enables researchers to develop prototypes of structures, while the second, the ‘RC 3Dp’, is mounted on a track and can be relocate and deploy to numerous locations within end-use construction applications. The company has also committed to construction in the UAE, aiming to help the emirate realize its lofty vision of additive manufacturing for 25% of its homes by 2030.
CyBe transported one of its 3D printers to Curaçao as part of its relationship with BIB in late September 2021, where three of BIB’s engineers are receiving training on how to use it efficiently. The team has already begun construction of its two prototype structures, filled with a courtyard and a villa, which will act as office space and cafeteria for the locals, respectively, during this orientation. CyBe believes that establishing these structures in Curaçao’s capital, Willemstad, would help illustrate the potential of its technology to meet the growing global need for cheap housing, in line with its ‘Lyve by Cybe’ design philosophy. “In the case of CyBe their project in the Caribbean, CyBe wanted to put this idea into practice, working with BIB to present a business case to exchange native construction processes with 3D printing.
One technique that companies have wanted to pursue is adopting one of CyBe’s pre-fabricated floor plans, which are optimized for fast and affordable production, and cannot be designed with standard construction methods. Once completed, the two Caribbean homes are expected to be followed by a third that is being designed by CyBe and is about to function as a “single workspace.” In the future, the companies haven’t ruled out other builds either, and CyBe says their partnership could soon spark more styles and buildings.
Even though 3D printing for construction is currently a separate business and as a result the technology has yet to be used for massive housing, its use as a more profitable construction approach is growing around the world. COBOD, a construction 3D printing startup, partnered with 14Trees earlier this year to create a comprehensive school in Malawi for underprivileged students. The installation, which took just eighteen hours to print, is intended to illustrate the technology’s potential to address the country’s infrastructure crisis, and its success could lead to the construction of comparable schools in Kenya and other African countries. Similarly, LafargeHolcim’s subsidiary in Zimbabwe has revealed its ambitions to use its concrete 3D printing method to create inexpensive, low-carbon homes in the nation.
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