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.
Blacki has a contract with the Army Corps of Engineers (ACE) to deliver an arm that will be used to construct buildings using 3D printing. Our powerful, flexible, robust arm will initially be used to carry and support hoses that put down concrete. This arm also can perform repetitive construction tasks such as lifting and placing tiles, frames and other items.
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.