2020 is the year where the robotics makes a more significant impact in the construction industry. Leveraging 3D printing drones and welding robots can bring a deep infiltration into the industry.
FREMONT, CA: Comparing to other industries that leverage, the construction industry is a late adopter of technology and is considered as very hesitant to change. Yet, despite this historical doubt, most of the technological innovations have the potential to enter the industry and change how it operates. In construction, robots are used to address specific tasks, like bricklaying, mapping and surveying, loading, and demolition.
The robots available to fulfill most of the jobs in construction, human workers will now be able to concentrate on more skill-oriented tasks. Not only does that guide to high efficiency, but also it improves time management and overall productivity at construction job sites. Below given are some of the fastest- emerging construction technology trends that will expand in 2020 and beyond.
3D Printing Robots
From building homes in a day to building a block of apartments in a week, 3D printing technology can fundamentally change the way they construct buildings. Developers and builders can now develop their projects with a level of accuracy and speed that was impossible to achieve previously. The advantages of leveraging 3D printing robots are that they are speedy in construction, cost-effective, minimum wastage, and do a very brilliant job in meeting the labor shortage.
One of the best instances is Blue Robotics that helps to construct prefabricated walls, floors, and roof elements of the project. They help to build it in a very panelized form significantly faster than by the primitive methods and procedures.
Across construction sites, welding time has dropped dramatically since the use of robotic welding systems. Mainly in countries where there is a massive shortage of labor, robots are used to confront a shrinking and aging workforce. Leveraging welding robotics helps to minimize the mortality rate by ensuring the safety of workers, yield high quality, precision welding, and also addresses labor shortage as well.
One of the best instances is Robo-Welder, where the robot is used for welding the steel columns. The Robo Welder uses its robotic arm that is equipped with laser shape measurement to know the contours of a groove on a steel column to be welded. The robot can handle all welding automatically, without any human support.
One of the biggest game-changers to the construction industry has been the utilization of drones, or unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to identify equipment, the stage of construction, and potential safety hazards. With drones, it takes just less than 15 minutes to scan and create an accurate 3D map of the terrain. Using commercial drones in construction sites helps the company managers with limitless verticality, reduce safety risks, leveraging the drones comes with many software capabilities, and also it helps save time.
One of the best instances is the Skycatch. Skychatch has supplied its quadcopter drones to more than 5000 building sites over the past three years. With Skycatch drones, you can get high-precision 3D mapping and surveying.
Demolition is a major part of the construction, especially during the renovation. Demolition robots are used mainly for demolishing buildings and other various structures. Three distinct types of demolition robots are available or being developed, namely the multi-tooled, hydro-powered, and eco-friendly. Demolition robots make up the majority of construction robots sold. Leveraging demolition robots helps to improve maneuverability, multiple tool attachments available, and is considered environmentally friendly.
Bricklaying robots are capable of completing the brickwork on the house in just a few days at a lower cost and a greater quality level than manual bricklaying methods. Robots can lay six times as many bricks a day as manual human builders can. For instance, SAM100 is a robot that can lay 3,000 bricks a day and apply mortar to any size brick and place one every 8.5 seconds.