Custom prefab factory construction of buildings is already a multi-billion dollar unicorn

Katerra is taking systems approaches to remove unnecessary time and costs from building development, design, and construction. Katerra is off to a fast start with more than 1500 employees, offices in four countries, a growing number of factories, and dozens of active projects. Softbank invested $865 million into the construction startup Katerra who will source …

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Australian Fastbricks Robotics bricklaying bot maker wants to build 600,000 homes per year by 2023

Fastbrick Robotics Limited (ASX:FBR) is an Australian robotic technology company developing and commercializing digital construction technology solutions, including the revolutionary commercial bricklaying machine, Hadrian X. The Hadrian X construction robot is on track to being completed by the end of the second quarter of 2018. Fastbrick is now targeting 2 percent of the global market …

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Graphene reinforced concrete is twice as strong and four times more water resistant

Experts from the University of Exeter have developed a pioneering new technique that uses nanoengineering technology to incorporate graphene into traditional concrete production. The new composite material, which is more than twice as strong and four times more water resistant than existing concretes, can be used directly by the construction industry on building sites. All …

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Buildings are responsible for almost half the worlds emissions and energy usage

According to Navigant Research, the global building stock is expected to grow from 151.8 billion m2 in 2014 to 171.6 billion m2 in 2024. Most of the new growth is expected to occur in China, where approximately 1 billion m2 of space is forecast to be added to the total commercial and residential building stock …

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Failed Oroville Dam Spillway designed by inexperienced grad student in the 1960s

California’s Department of Water Resources was blasted in an independent report for having a culture of complacency and incompetence that contributed to last year’s near-disaster at Oroville Dam. The full 584 page independent forensic team report is here. The agency’s largest water storage site and the nation’s tallest dam at Lake Oroville fell into disrepair. …

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Boring Company releases planned tunnels in LA

Elon Musk tunneling company has released a map of planned tunnels in Los Angeles. Red shows the proposed Phase 1 proof-of-concept tunnel for which The Boring Company has filed an excavation permit application. Phase 1 would include the construction of a 6.5-mile proof-of-concept tunnel through Los Angeles and Culver City. The tunnel would be used …

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Sarcos Robotics has force multiplying robots and exoskeletons to boost productivity

Sarcos has a snake bot and force multiplying robotic arms. Guardian™ GT is a human-controlled, force-multiplying robotic system with one or two highly dexterous arms mounted on a track or wheeled base, allowing a single operator to do more, safely. Each arm is seven feet long. From basic labor-saving tasks like heavy lifting, to more …

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Entirely automated giant 3D printing and robotics rocket factory

Relativity Space wants is reimagining the way rockets are built and flown with massive 3D printing. * 100X fewer parts. * 10X faster iteration * entirely 3D printed Relativity is creating the first autonomous rocket factory. Their long-term goal is the 3D printing the first rocket made from Mars. Relativity is creating the rocket factory …

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Hawthorne City approves two mile long Boring Company Test Tunnel

The Hawthorne City Council has given approval for Elon Musk’s Boring Company to construct a 2 mile long test tunnel below the South Bay city. In a 4-1 decision Tuesday, the council voted to allow the two-mile tunneling project to go forward. Musk’s new company has already begun a smaller tunneling project below the SpaceX …

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More Expensive Tesla 3’s versions will be made first

Tesla will only build the $49,000 310 mile range Tesla Model 3 with upgraded interior version until at least November. The base $35,000 Model 3 will not be available until sometime in 2018. A $5,000 package upgrades the interior to something more in keeping with luxury car standards. It costs another $1,500 if you want …

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Rapid shift to passenger miles in electric cars with self driving ridesharing

The US electric car market rose to just above 1% of the broader car market in December 2016. Going from 0.01% to 1% market penetration takes 7 doublings. The same applies to 1% going to a 100%. GM’s EV1 was released in 1996 and it took us 20 years to get to 1% (or roughly …

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