This concept art shows the idea behind the Redworks printer. Redworks

Every job site is different, presenting unique challenges during a project’s construction.

First could be the issue of where the job is located and then getting products and equipment to the site. Depending on the geography, it could mean high transportation costs and tricky delivery constraints, in addition to the typical scheduling challenges.

Second could be other geographical issues, such as drought conditions. Dry climates can present issues for manufacturing masonry.

Then, there are other issues such as what to do with the waste that is created during the construction process. A recent BUILDER article cites that 548 million tons of construction and demolition waste were generated in the U.S. in 2015, according to the latest data from the EPA. Buildings make up 169 million tons of that waste, or about 30% of the total, while roads and bridges make up the rest.

The same article also shares that the costs of recycling waste is usually more than just dumping it, a limiting factor for construction practices to become more sustainable.

But what if there was a way to remove several of these named challenges? Plus, do it in a way that brings additional customization to the construction process?

In this HIVE Re:Think Podcast, host Philip Beere chats with Keegan Kirkpatrick, aerospace engineer and the founder and CEO of RedWorks, an innovative company that moves manufacturing masonry completely on-site and that has its roots in a challenge from NASA for a way to build habitats on Mars.

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