March 14, 2022
Century Communities, a national homebuilder, has teamed up with robotics company Diamond Age to build 72 homes in the Phoenix metropolitan area as part of the Century Complete Brand. The agreement kicks off the first time Century Communities will use 3D printing to construct new homes, as well as the first on-site commercial deployment for Diamond Age.
Diamond Age’s 3D printing and robotics technology has a goal to reduce manual labor and construction cycle times, while providing an enhanced focus on safety and quality. The first home will begin construction in Spring of 2022 and will look nearly identical to conventional wood-framed houses, the company said.
The Factory-in-the-Field automation system takes three-dimensional control of a homesite. Material and technology agnostic, the Diamond Age system integrates new materials and mechatronics into its platform, delivering continuous improvement through the home construction process. The patented composite wall system aims to deliver homes that are more robust, quieter and energy-efficient than wood-framed houses, Diamond Age said.
“We are extremely excited to announce this collaboration with Century Communities and their Century Complete team,” said Jack Oslan, co-founder and CEO of Diamond Age. “The opportunity to showcase our technology in a meaningful way is an incredible vote of confidence in us and the production housing industry’s recognition that innovation can help solve the massive labor shortage that’s been plaguing the entire construction industry for more than a decade. We are proud to be at the forefront of creating a new era of construction jobs that will focus more on the technology operation and finishing side of homebuilding, and replace much of the back-breaking portion of home construction as we know it today.”
Century Complete said it has a strong record of leveraging technology in the construction, marketing and sales of its homes. “We are excited to invest and partner with Diamond Age on the construction of our first homes utilizing 3D printing and robotics technology,” said Genji Nakata, executive vice president of national operations for Century Communities. “Over the last year, the Diamond Age team has demonstrated its ability to scale its technology roadmap as well as validate the performance of its composite wall system and we look forward to utilizing Diamond Age’s product through our Century Complete brand.”