May 16, 2020

CyBe to alter the future of construction with 3D printable concrete technology

3D Printing
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CyBe to alter the future of construction with 3D printable concrete technology
The extraordinary concept of 3D concrete printing could become reality in 2016, thanks to Amsterdam-based organisation CyBe. As reported by

The extraordinary concept of 3D concrete printing could become reality in 2016, thanks to Amsterdam-based organisation CyBe. As reported by

Berry Hendriks, the Managing Director, began developing his concrete printing technology in late 2013, perfecting it last year. While the CyBe 3D printable mortar is due to be available to businesses as early as January 2016, the ProTo 3DP Concrete 3D Printer is yet to be certified with the EU – and without certification, the product can’t be launched.

However, according to the fascinating production images and videos shown on CyBe’s website and YouTube channel, the technology appears to be sound. The printed concrete is fast-drying, and because of this it can be formed into load-bearing structures – without the need for traditional supports – within an hour. Similarly impressive is the fact that 3D-printed concrete eliminates concrete waste and cuts C02 emissions by up to 75 percent.

If products are printed at the quickest rate, the structure will retain the layered texture typical of 3D printing, but there is a smoothed-down option depending on aesthetic requirements. As hard as Hendriks and his team have worked on the technological development of the printer, he has stated that: “Educating our clients on how to use the 3D printers in their business processes to experience the benefits” is just as important. After all, constructions companies can only effectively use a product if they understand it.

As was Hendriks’ original intention, CyBe 3D printing could revolutionise the construction industry, provided it gets the necessary go-ahead.

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Jun 14, 2021

XYZ Reality receives £20m to develop Assisted Reality

Dominic Ellis
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XYZ Reality to use funding led by Octopus Ventures to springboard into USA and automatically report issues through Assisted Reality

XYZ Reality has announced a £20m investment round led by Octopus Ventures.

Founded in 2017, XYZ Reality aims to "revolutionise" the construction sector with its Engineering-Grade Augmented Reality (AR) solution, Holosite.

Designed to enable an on time and on budget delivery of construction projects, by eliminating building errors, HoloSite has been available to select customers through an early access programme and has already been used on projects totalling a value of over £1.5bn in the last year. 

With approximately 98% of construction megaprojects facing cost overruns or delays and 7-11% of project costs being spent on correcting errors, XYZ Reality’s purpose-built integrated AR solution directly addresses these issues.

With its safety certified AR hardhat, cloud platform and in-built proprietary software, Holosite accurately positions high fidelity 3D design models on construction sites, enabling teams to build it right, first time. The technology system has been used on complex construction projects including data centres, pharmaceutical facilities and airports.     

This funding will be used to accelerate the company’s ambition of transforming projects by preparing for HoloSite’s commercial launch in the USA and continuing investment in strengthening research and development. The company is also growing its London team to include key hires across technology, manufacturing, sales and marketing.

David Mitchell, Founder and CEO of XYZ Reality, said developing its engineering-Grade AR solution helping construction teams identify errors in real-time is just the start.

"The next phase is Assisted Reality, where our spatial computing technology will have the intelligence to automatically detect and report issues in the field. And ultimately, the goal is builders building from holograms. Our vision of developing world changing products aligns with Octopus Ventures’ mission of investing in companies that are powering the next industrial revolution. We look forward to building history.”

The latest round of funding is led by Octopus Ventures, one of the largest and most active venture investors in Europe, known for its commitment of investing in companies and founders that are changing the world. Octopus Ventures has a strong track record, spanning investment in health, fintech, consumer, B2B software, and deep tech. This includes WaveOptics, one of Octopus Ventures’ early investments in Augmented Reality, which was recently acquired by Snap Inc. 

Rebecca Hunt, early-stage investor at Octopus Ventures, said: "We’ve always invested in entrepreneurs leading industry change and XYZ is doing just that. It's solving a massive problem that costs the construction industry billions every year, using its Engineering-Grade Augmented Reality solution to spearhead a shift in the sector’s approach. The founding team of David, Umar and Murray have deep domain and technical expertise, which we believe makes XYZ uniquely placed to drive this transformation.”

XYZ Reality also announces a new partnership with Mace, for the construction of a hyper-scale data centre in Europe. With speed to market being particularly essential for mission critical builds, HoloSite’s AR technology will have a significant role in supporting an accurate and time effective build for Mace, which last week appointed Jon McElroy its new Managing Director for International Technology.  

Mace Technical Director, Stephen Henley, said: “Mace has built a reputation of redefining the boundaries of ambition, always bringing efficiency, innovation and responsibility to our projects. With the implementation of XYZ’s groundbreaking AR system, we continue to be committed to delivering projects faster, safer and better than ever before.” 

Five years ago, Heather Bellini of Goldman Sachs Research expected virtual and augmented reality to become an $80 billion market by 2025.

But according to new research by global tech market advisory firm ABI Research, nearly 28 million augmented and mixed reality smart glasses will ship in 2026, while the total global AR/MR market will surpass $175 billion in the same year.

"Major tech players across hardware, software, and services look familiar in the consumer space, contributing to strong and consistent overall growth," says Eric Abbruzzese, Research Director for ABI Research. "Those big tech names, with active investment and product ranging from already available, to announced, to all-but-announced, are creating a consumer AR market that will be dynamic and welcoming rather than struggling and immature."

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