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Construction is one of the robotics areas that stands to profit the most from the events of the previous year. It’s a burgeoning industry that might greatly benefit from automation, a reality that’s only been emphasized by the fact that the epidemic brought many non-essential enterprises to a halt. Toggle, Dusty, Scaled, and SkyMul is among the players in the category who have raised noteworthy rounds in the last year or two.
Rugged Robotics, located in Houston, was founded in 2018 and secured a $2.5 million seed round in 2019. While the business isn’t actively soliciting funds right now, it has begun to test its technologies in early pilots, including a collaboration with Massachusetts-based construction firm Consigli. Consigli’s Jack Moran stated we had a customer that was fairly progressive looking. It’s a building where we were in charge of both the core-shell and the fit-out, which was rather complicated there were a lot of strange forms that would be a challenge for us.
Rugged’s self-described “layout Roomba” was utilized to assist in the construction of a 10-story skyscraper in Cambridge, Massachusetts, effectively sketching designs on the ground of the 40,000 square foot per floor area. Rugged is effectively moving a crucial step from its early research and development stage to commercialization with this cooperation.
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Rugged founder and CEO Derrick Morse remarked, the layout phase is the most essential duty in the building process. Where things are put defines where things are built, says the author. A layout error cascades through the whole building process, resulting in rework, delays, and increased costs. The team is currently tiny, with only six full-time employees, including co-founders with NASA and Samsung backgrounds. The squad presently consists of three robots, with ambitions to increase to five in the future. They print dot matrix ink patterns on the ground to give construction crews a sense of where the buildings they’re erecting are in real life.
The firm charges the construction business through a RaaS (robotics as a service) model, and a member of the Rugged team travels to the site with the robot to monitor the robot while it executes its plans. Our consumer demand is insatiable, Morse added. We have a number of multibillion-dollar contractors that are eager to work with us on pilots and demonstrations. In the following year, we’ll be expanding our organization and fleet, and we’ll most likely need to raise extra cash to do so.