Construction is one of the most likely robotics areas to reap the benefits from recent events. This is a growing field which could greatly benefit from automation, an fact that has only grown since the collapse of many non-essential businesses. Over the last year, we’ve witnessed a lot of notable round raises in this category, such as Toggle and Dusty, Scaled, SkyMul, and SkyMul.
Rugged Robotics, a Houston company founded in 2018, raised $2.5 million in a seed round in 2019. Although the company isn’t currently raising capital, the company has begun rolling out its technology through pilots. Consigli, a Massachusetts-based construction firm, was also a partner.
Consigli’s Jack Moran said, “We had client that was quite progressive looking.” It was a complex building, where the core of the project and the fitting-out were our responsibility. We had to deal with many odd shapes, so it would have been a difficult task for us.
Rugged, a self-described “layout Roomba”, was utilized to build a 10 story building in Cambridge Massachusetts. The blueprints were drawn on the ground, which covered approximately 40,000 square feet. Rugged is now able to take a crucial step in its development and early research phase towards commercialization through the partnership.
In an interview with TechCrunch, Rugged CEO Derrick Morse stated that the layout is one of the most crucial tasks in construction. It is important to mark where items are located so that it can be determined where they will go. A layout error can lead to delays, rework and extra costs.
Although the team is small, it has six employees full-time, which includes co-founders who have backgrounds from NASA and Samsung. The current team has three robots and plans to add five more. To give construction crews a realistic-world orientation of the buildings they are creating, the robots print dots matrix ink patterns.
The Rugged team sends a member to oversee the robot’s execution. Startups charge the company for the service through RaaS (robotics-as-a-service).
Morse stated, “We have an insatiable customer need.” Morse said, “We have multibillion dollar contractors who are eager to do pilots or demos with our company.” In the next 12 months we will be expanding the fleet and organization. We may also be adding capital to support that growth.
Publiated at Mon, 30 August 2021 22.31:46 +0000