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Dusty Robotics Raises $45M to Reduce Construction Errors


May 10, 2022

Dusty Robotics, which creates robotics for the construction industry, has announced it raised $45 million in a Series B funding round. The company said it plans to use the funds to grow its team, expand its product offerings, and accelerate manufacturing with a goal of deploying Dusty products on all construction sites in the U.S.

The FieldPrinter solution from Dusty aims to eliminate a common source of conflict on construction projects: incorrect hand-drawn layout using a chalk line process. The FieldPrinter automates the process of taking digital floor plans onto construction sites by printing them full-size on the floor through a combination of hardware, software, and services. This end-to-end solution ensures that all trades build from the same set of plans, eliminating errors, expediting conflict resolution, and significantly reducing the cost and duration of construction, the company said.

“Construction is rampant with manual workflows – processes where a phone call, or an email, must be sent in order to move the project forward – or work that must be done precisely, via manual labor,” said Tessa Lau, founder and CEO of Dusty Robotics. “With so little automation in the industry, it’s no wonder that 85% of projects finish over budget, contributing directly to the housing crisis. Our robot-powered solutions automate construction’s manual workflows, increasing productivity across the industry while also creating better working conditions for skilled craftspeople.”

The company also announced new features for the solution marking the milestone of a production system ready for widespread use. New features of the FieldPrinter technology includes:

  • Printing around reshores or on congested sites using automatic obstacle detection and avoidance;
  • QR code printing, which enables instant access to construction documents;
  • Fast, efficient printing that includes single-pass printing of intersection points;
  • Real-time progress monitoring.

Dusty said several dozen contractors are using FieldPrinter on job sites across the U.S., including DPR, Swinerton, PARIC, Performance Contracting Inc., and Southland Industries. In Q1 2022, the robotic printers laid out more than 25 million square feet on the floors of buildings – enough to build the equivalent of 25 football stadiums, or 31,000 new apartment units, Dusty said.

“We invested heavily in BIM [Building Infrastructure Management] for our products, and Dusty ensures that all trades are building off coordinated models on a project,” said Henning Roedel, robotics lead at DPR Construction. “We’ve used Dusty’s solution on 16 projects across the U.S., allowing our foremen to focus on being the best craftsmen instead of doing the time-consuming manual labor of layout. We’re scaling these printers to be available on our job sites nationwide.”

The Series B funding round was led by Scale Venture Partners, and joined by returning investors Baseline Ventures, Canaan Partners, Root Ventures, NextGen Venture Partners, and Cantos.

“Dusty is one of a handful of robotics startups to have identified an acute pain point in a traditional industry and brought a product to market in a remarkably short timeframe,” said Alex Niehenke, partner at Scale Venture Partners. “We are excited about Dusty’s potential to modernize the construction industry and believe this is the right team to do it. We’re bullish on Dusty’s bright future and thrilled to be fueling their growth.”

For more details on Dusty Robotics and its technology, visit its website here.

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