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Affordable Housing Made Possible through 3D Concrete Printing by CyBe Construction – Interview with Berry Hendriks

Netherland-based company CyBe Construction specialises in the production of hardware, software and materials for 3D concrete printing. Established in 2013 in Oss, Noord-Brabant, CyBe has rapidly expanded its influence, evolving into a global entity with partners across six continents. They offer unique 3D concrete printer solutions, featuring a range of printer models tailored for diverse applications. In an interview with 3Druck.com, founder and CEO Berry Hendriks provides insights into the construction industry and details how 3D printing can contribute to the creation of more affordable and sustainable housing.

Their printers are categorised into the G-line and R-line, offering versatility in size and mobility. The G-line encompasses portal printers, ideal for large-scale 3D printing projects, particularly suited for prefab applications. On the other hand, the R-line consists of smaller, mobile printers, enabling on-site printing at construction locations. Complemented by their advanced Mixing Pump System (MPS), ensuring precise material delivery, they can tailor the perfect solution to address each unique challenge. 

Collaborating closely with their clients, CyBe determines the most suitable printer model from the diverse range for their specific project requirements. At the core of its operations is a commitment to innovation, global impact, and providing comprehensive 3D concrete printing solutions that redefine possibilities in the construction industry.

Interview with CEO Berry Hendriks

In an interview with 3Druck.com, founder and CEO Berry Hendriks, shares his insight into the construction industry and outlines the importance of 3D printing technology by offering a quicker, more cost-effective and sustainable alternative.

In your opinion, what significance does additive manufacturing have for the construction industry?

Berry Hendriks, Image: CyBe Construction

Additive manufacturing holds immense significance for the construction industry, particularly in the context of the growing need for affordable housing. As the global population continues to rise, the demand for affordable housing becomes more pressing. Additive manufacturing presents a transformative solution by offering quicker, more cost-effective, and sustainable alternatives to traditional construction methods. 

The ability to 3D print buildings not only accelerates the construction process but also significantly reduces costs, making housing more accessible to a larger population. The urgency to address the affordable housing crisis underscores the necessity of investing in innovative technologies like 3D concrete printing. Without embracing these advancements, the affordability housing crisis is at risk of escalating further. Therefore, incorporating future-proof additive manufacturing into the construction industry not only represents a step towards efficiency but also a crucial strategy to meet the evolving housing needs of our growing population.

Additive manufacturing has continuously developed in recent years. Which innovations or technological breakthroughs do you consider to be particularly important for the construction industry?

A standout breakthrough is evident in material development, particularly the creation of sustainable and eco-friendly materials designed to mitigate the overall carbon footprint associated with construction processes. This shift aligns seamlessly with the industry’s growing emphasis on sustainability, signifying a progressive step toward more environmentally friendly construction practices. Additionally, automation has proven transformative, particularly in the off-site construction of modular, circular homes. 

The integration of automated systems streamlines construction workflows, enhancing efficiency and contributing to the scalability of these technologies. As automation, specifically tailored for off-site modular construction, continues to evolve, the construction industry stands to benefit from increased productivity and the capacity to undertake larger and more intricate projects.

First Corona and the now high inflation pose major challenges for the entire industry. In your opinion, how do the multiple crises affect the additive manufacturing industry?

While the additive manufacturing industry faced challenges during the initial stages of the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s worth noting that the resilience of the additive manufacturing sector has been demonstrated in its ability to adapt and recover from such disruptions, showcasing its capacity for long-term growth despite the temporary setbacks induced by the pandemic. 

The soaring inflation, on the other hand, rates have underscored the critical need for affordable housing solutions. As traditional construction costs escalate, additive manufacturing becomes increasingly vital in providing cost-effective, efficient, and scalable alternatives. The urgency to address the affordable housing crisis, exacerbated by high inflation, positions additive manufacturing as an indispensable solution. Its ability to streamline construction processes, reduce costs, and offer sustainable building options is now more crucial than ever, making additive manufacturing a cornerstone in meeting the growing demand for accessible and economical housing solutions in these challenging economic times.

What impact do you think additive manufacturing will have on various industries and possibly society as a whole in the coming years?

In the coming years, additive manufacturing is poised to revolutionise various industries and society. As it increasingly replaces conventional construction methods, its efficiency and sustainability will play a pivotal role. Beyond individual structures, the technology holds the promise of printing entire communities, tailored to the specific needs of their residents. This transformative potential not only addresses housing shortages but also fosters environmental sustainability and community well-being, showcasing additive manufacturing as a key driver of positive societal change.

You can find out more about CyBe Construction here.

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