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Return of the Craftsman-o-bot

April 13, 2012

I use to think that we were gradually losing our craftsman in the building industry but what I failed to realize is that our old world craftsmen are being replaced with new world craftbots.

The CNC machine is one example.

I thought you might enjoy this clip I ran across on Architects and Digital Design: http://blip.tv/upland-films/digital-design-in-building-4664734 that touches on this very aspect

I wonder how long it will be before we start seeing robotics take a more prominent role in field construction.  As the cost of robotic units come down I suspect there will be more pressure to replace what most of us consider to be the most expensive part of construction LABOR.  Allocated at 60% of the cost of construction this is a sector ripe for innovation.  The introduction of robotics in fabrication was the first natural step.  The field demolition bot is already here but not to the level of the one in “I robot” and the assembly robot should be next.  Hmm, I can’t wait till they come up with a construction superintendent-o-bot.

Smug grin with a mischievous scowl.
Carl

Update: 04-15-12

Essential to any worksite – A cleanup Robot : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3q4cLRBaDvg&feature=player_embedded

A Little short but fairly complex motorskills – Looks like it could handle a nail gun, but can you trust it?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zul8ACjZI18&feature=player_embedded

And they can climb non-OSHA approved ladders.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=MD48SLxwezg

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