HP's SitePrint robotic solution could revolutionize construction layout process
HP has introduced us to a small robot that can significantly speed up construction work by autonomously printing guidelines directly from blueprints onto the floor.
The robot SitePrint is a super-fast layout tool that is rugged, roadworthy, and extremely accurate, HP says.
The robot will be available to customers in North America thanks to an Early Access Program, starting September 2022.
"Technology adoption and increased digitization can help construction firms realize productivity gains," said Daniel Martínez, VP and General Manager, HP Large Format Printing. "
"HP has played a key role in bridging digital and physical worlds with print solutions for architects and engineers over the last thirty years. With HP SitePrint, we're making it faster and easier than ever for construction professionals to bring an idea to life on-site while also providing layout accuracy and reducing costs derived from reworks."
The construction industry continues to gain momentum every year. Although job opportunities are provided, the demands can sometimes not be met. Therefore, it would not be difficult to say that this new autonomous robot will come to the rescue.
It's mini yet mighty
The robot was created for autonomous operation, including obstacle avoidance, and can boost site layout productivity. Its text printing capabilities provide more data from the digital model to the construction site, facilitating communication amongst construction experts. It can print lines and complicated objects with pinpoint accuracy and reliable repetition.
"The existing manual layout process can be slow and labor intensive. Despite being done by specialists, there is always the risk of human error, which can result in costly reworks," said Albert Zulps, Director of Emerging Technology at Skanska - a global construction and development company currently utilizing HP SitePrint on two prominent US projects.
"Layout experts are a scarce resource who add a lot of value in terms of planning and strategy, but often end up dedicating most of their time to manual execution," he added.
"HP SitePrint lets us do more with less, helping reduce schedules thanks to a much faster layout process and allowing senior operators to focus on other critical activities like quality control."
An American multinational information technology company HP was established by Bill Hewlett and David Packard in 1939. Headquartered in Palo Alto, California, the company develops personal computers (PCs), printers, and related supplies, as well as 3D printing solutions.
The split was structured so that Hewlett-Packard changed its name to HP Inc. in 2015 and spun off Hewlett Packard Enterprise as a new publicly traded company.
HP Inc. retains Hewlett-Packard's pre-2015 stock price history and its former stock ticker symbol, HPQ, while Hewlett Packard Enterprise trades under its own symbol, HPE.