Autodesk is launching a new robotic shipping container that can allegedly take manufacturing technology directly to the construction site.
The unit is being demonstrated in Las Vegas at the Autodesk University to demonstrate how the company has been collaborating with the construction industry to review the benefits of adopting manufacturing practices and principles.
Autodesk has created a manufacturing ‘toolbox’ that puts two robots in a shipping container for easy transportation to a construction site. The Netherlands-based Valk Welding group provided the Panasonic TS-950 robots for directed energy deposition, a type of additive manufacturing to produce quality metal components.
According to Autodesk, manufacturing and construction professionals are looking for more efficient ways to design and build, and there may be beneficial gains when construction is approached from a manufacturing perspective.
With the population expected to reach 10 billion by 2050, erosion of natural resources, the effects of climate change, and a growing shortage of skilled labour, it will be next to impossible to fulfill the need to build an average of 13,000 properties per year until 2050.
The construction industry will benefit from the ability to create large building parts out of steel and other materials on-site. Autodesk posed the question to its customers: what could be done with such a technology if it could be used anywhere in the world, including a construction site?
Dura Vermeer, the Dutch construction business, responded that it could use on-demand manufacturing technologies to address common challenges, such as lack of customised components for connections that are tolerance-sensitive.