New Robotic 3D Printer Prints Greener Concrete
One day, the construction industry could turn to printing all our new homes using 3D technology as it offers lower production costs, less pollution, and more design freedom. One of the major reasons we haven’t seen this yet is because the applied side of this equation is lacking the necessary investments to make it a reality.
CyBe Additive Industries, a Dutch company, has a new prototype 3D printer robotic arm that uses a special CyBe mortar filament that might just prove to be perfect for printing houses and other concrete structures. CyBe was founded in 2013 and has offices in Eindhoven, Oss, and Amsterdam. The company’s owner and founder is Berry Hendriks who started the company to solve the problems of using 3D printers in construction as we know it today.
Hendriks, a young engineer that graduated from Technical University in Eindhoven a few years ago, decided to build his own 3D printer, the ProTo R 3DP, from scratch. The company uses its own development model that focuses on redevelopment from continuous feedback. The company found the most difficult aspect in the construction of the printer was to fine tune the hardware for the concrete curing process. They had to understand how the printer worked during the 3D printing stage of making the concrete to do so.
The printer uses a specially designed CyBe mortar, which the company developed with the collaboration of another partner. The special concrete mortar and robotic arm can form structures within minutes, while completing the hydration process within 24 hours. The concrete mortar produces 33% less carbon dioxide which makes this concrete more eco-friendly. The concrete is also completely reusable thus cutting down on pollution and waste. All these factors combined make the CyBe mortar a promising 3D ink that in the near further could revolutionize the construction industry.
Currently the company has no plans to manufacture and distribute this printer, but the company wants to commercially produce specific products. They are planning on printing sewer pipes and other structures so that products needed in infrastructure projects world wide can be made in a way that has a less harmful impact on the environment.
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