Have you ever imagined a robot capable of drawing the layouts of an entire construction, including pipes, walls, electrical network, in a much shorter time than seen today in the construction industry? That's what makes the HP SitePrint, shown this Thursday (5) at the HP Imagine event, as a solution that promises to improve productivity on construction sites by up to ten times.
Accuracy in positioning walls and utilities on site
The robot, in addition to the gain in speed of execution of the work, compared to manual work, also provides an accurate and consistent impression of complex lines and objects on the site's floor. It eliminates any need for manual work, as it prints the construction plan directly on the ground. In addition, it is also capable of printing text, bringing additional data from the digital model to the site, improving communication between construction professionals.
“We have successfully demonstrated the ability to radically improve productivity when it comes to the layout process. By digitizing what has long been a manual and time-consuming task, SitePrint makes it faster and easier for construction professionals to bring an idea to life on site, while also providing layout accuracy and reducing costs.”Daniel Martinez – General Manager, HP Large Format Printing
Light and compact, the SitePrint It has a touchscreen tablet for remote control and additional settings. According to the manufacturer, its positioning and navigation on the construction site are carried out through connection to a robotic total station.
Since it was announced last year, the model has undergone several updates and improvements. The device received, for example, new improved sensors that help it avoid obstacles, increasing its autonomy in place. Furthermore, through more than 80 pilot projects to date around the world, the SitePrint has been rigorously tested in a variety of environments – including residential, parking, airport and hospital projects.
Additionally, eight different interchangeable inks are now available, including three colors (cyan, magenta and black) with different compositions suitable for porous and waterproof surfaces, as well as permanent or semi-permanent durability options. Inks are now supplied via cartridges, replacing previous ink cartridge prototypes.
Another important improvement is the robot's compatibility with surveying equipment, which now works with more robotic total stations, including Leica's TS16 and iCR80, Trimble's RTS573 and Topcon's LN-150. The robotic total station setup process has been integrated into the tablet-operated user interface, reducing the time required to start a job.
Initially, the new feature will be available to customers in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom and Ireland. It was not disclosed when the HP SitePrint will arrive in Brazil, nor its official price.
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