3D Printing is hereby put on notice that it is not the disruptive sweetheart of the construction world anymore. ROBOTS are everywhere.
Robots are slipping in to more segments of construction: bricklaying, tile-setting, layout, many carpentry tasks, and repetitive stuff like hole-drilling and cnc routing for 'custom' carvings and moldings. Most of this robotomation is applicable to commercial work. Today.
But it is not hard to see that it a robot can make a pallet, it can hang drywall. It can most certainly tape and finish drywall better than most of us, and, with the help of an operator, can do just about anything else it is needed to do.
if you want to stay ahead of the disruptive process in construction, look past what you are doing right now and look at where you will be one, three, and five years out. And look at what the industry is doing. You get paid for what you do and what you know.
If what you do now can be outsourced tomorrow to a robot, it is time to begin knowing more.
—Dan Morrison is the editor if ProTradeCraft.