There has been little if any productivity gains in construction for decades. Some say since the Romans. That’s changing rapidly with the advent of 3D construction and other technologies.
Constructing buildings faster and less expensively is important, which 3D printing makes possible. Perhaps even more critical these days is the positive impact on the environment. The construction industry is responsible for 23 percent of global CO2 emissions. It’s also responsible for a large percentage of workplace accidents. Reducing the time required to construct a building by 60 percent is an important breakthrough for costs, workers and mankind.
The Army Corps of Engineers (ACE) purchased two Blacki intelligent Fullscope Mobile Arms, the second contract being completed in early 2020.
Among the factors cited by the agency for choosing our Arm was the added capabilities of the second arm over the first, evidence of Blacki’s commitment to the principle of “continual improvement.” Also important to the Corp was the Arm’s ability to operate in virtually any environment.
The robust Fullscope Mobile Arms are being used to construct buildings using 3D printers as the Corps explores ways to build structures such as hospitals rapidly and more economically, carrying and supporting heavy hoses that put down concrete layer after layer.
The Arm also can perform repetitive construction tasks such as lifting and placing tiles, frames and other items. The fact that it can lift up to 45 kg was one of the major reasons our Arm was selected by the Corps. Other Arms top out at 5-10 kg. The Corps also appreciates the adaptability of the Fullscope Mobile Arm to many applications.
ACE is one of the globe’s largest builders. It provides technical and construction support to 100 countries, and is charged with researching and developing technologies to protect the environment. We are honored to be chosen to work with them.