3D concrete printing company CyBe has announced a new project that it will conduct in collaboration with Lab040: the 3D printing of a four-story apartment in Eindhoven. The Dutch city is home to a number of 3D printing projects achieved in the building industry. Some of them include a 3D printed bridge, 3D printed houses and other projects of the same kind.

As part of this project, the construction 3D printing company will apply a Prefabricated Prefinished Volumetric Construction (PPVC) method. The latter is a way of constructing completed and finished units off-site for on-site installation.

Using this modular construction technology, 3D units are produced in controlled factory settings with optimized construction methods and building materials. The modules can be delivered to the construction site in a variety of states — from basic structural blocks to fully finished apartments complete with amenities. The assembly process is quick and maintains the concrete’s inherent benefits such as providing fire resistance, sound absorption, and thermal mass.

CyBe creates living solutions that help people and the environment. CyBe’s maximal Energy Performance Coefficient (EPC) is 0.2, setting the bar with an industry low. This figure translates to reduced costs in gas, water, and light — in some cases to zero. This also indicates low CO2 emissions — the process can even be oxygen positive.

CyBe’s holistic business model addresses several of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), such as SDG 11, Sustainable Cities and Communities. CyBe uses a micro and macro approach to ensure that cities and other communities are created to be inclusive, safe, resilient, and sustainable. This is evident through CyBe’s use of economic and ecologically minded building technologies, and also through their community-focused programs and initiatives.

A better way to construct PPVC modules

The CyBe G Gantry is a 3D concrete printer that can print anywhere within an established three-dimensional zone. It can be set up on-site, but it is best suited for printing large modules, such as finished apartments, in an off-site factory setting. This system is a stable setup of four columns and three beams and is ideal for PPVC construction.

The Gantry’s fast and large-scale capabilities make it ideal for printing multi-unit, multi-story buildings with PPVC. Printing off-site with the Gantry system, modular PPVC units can be continuously printed in the factory and then transported and connected on-site.

With this process, installation activities are moved off-site, creating a better factory environment with reduced dust and noise pollution. The on-site assembly process is also simplified with PPVC, requiring less manpower and resulting in a safer construction environment.

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