CyBe Additive Industries was started in November 2013 by Berry Hendriks, of the Netherland, with one goal in mind: to develop an industrial, mobile, and modular 3D printer together with printable materials,like concrete. They’ve put in a lot of hard work and created the ProTo R 3DP,along with CyBe mortar (a proprietary mixture of cement), which they currently use to experiment with 3D printing various concrete products. According to Berry, the properties of these products are currently tested on durability, strength, and flexibility.
Large-scale 3D printing has a lot of potential, and a long way to go before it disrupts the construction industry. As of right now, the list of projects that we’ve covered so far are fantastic, novel, and inspiring. CyBe Additive Industries can be added to that list, performing some interesting experimental work with a robotic arm that is equipped with a cement extruder.
One such experiment includes a 41-layer, concrete wall, measuring 3.800mm x 400mm x 1.230mm (XYZ), which they printed in a half an hour. They are also working on a conceptual home called CyBe No.1 3DP, which looks interesting, though there are no pictures of a version actually printed by their ProTo R 3D printer.
There are a lot of challenges that remain for large-scale 3D printers, and they are mostly material-related. If you don’t have a material that can withstand weather conditions, is flexible enough to round corners without layering and drooping material all over the place, and dries relatively quickly, it doesn’t really matter what the height and width limitations of the machine are.
It looks like CyBe is just getting cooking, but check out the video and see for yourself.