IMTS: the present and future of manufacturing (Authentise Weekly News-In-Review – Week 89)

IMTS is now behind us! So much excitement that it’s hard to roundup. Our presence at the America Makes booth gave us an enhanced perspective of what the new manufacturing customer is looking for and the various exhibitors delivered a barrage of announcements and products. From the amazingly large INGERSOLL 140′ wide extrusion 3D printer to HP’s new Metal Jet productivity beast. IIoT was represented strongly as a means to automate operations, as was robotics and so much more.  Tough time choosing so below is also a video of a cool robot 😉

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HP Metal Jet launches at IMTS 2018

Multinational information technology company HP has released HP Metal Jet 3D printing technology. Working on the same basis as its Multi Jet Fusion (MJF) binder jetting 3D printers, the new system marks HP’s first foray into the metal additive manufacturing sector.

Dion Weisler, CEO and President of HP Inc., comments, “We are in the midst of a digital industrial revolution that is transforming the $12 trillion manufacturing industry,”

Read more about it here.

Ingersoll showcases 3D printed winglet layup tool at IMTS

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Ingersoll Machine Tools Inc. showcased at this week’s International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS) Master Print, the company’s new large-format 3D printing technology with automatic attachment change to 5-axis CNC for aerospace-grade milling. The technology was developed in collaboration with Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL). The part, says Ingersoll, weighs 430 lb/195kg and was printed in 6.5 hours. It was machined in 4.3 hours using the machine’s 5-axis technology. The material is ABS with 20% chopped carbon fiber reinforcement.

Check out the full article at CompositesWorld.

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Finding the new limits of AM (Authentise Weekly News-In-Review – Week 88)

If you think that AM is sitting comfortably into its allotted seat, that it has already found its target market, you’d be wrong. AM’s flexibility enables us to find numerous potential fields to disrupt. This flexibility is made possible by its assortment of technologies, hardware, software and everything in between, that change the rules year by year. Advances in robotics and AI enable groups of autonomous, mobile units to step up the construction process. After the 3D printed pills and surgical models and implants, we are now beginning to use AM in the development of new future-proof antibiotics. Strong of its success of sending the first 3D printer to the ISS, Made in Space is aiming to produce higher quality fiber optics in space, creating a new business case for manufacturing in and outside Earth’s orbit.

Mobile Robots Cooperate to 3D Print Large Structures

A team of robot arms on mobile bases can 3D print large structures quickly

Roboticists at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore have, for the first time (as far as they know), performed “the actual printing of a single-piece concrete structure by two mobile robots operating concurrently.” The big advantage of this system is that you can use it to build structures that are more or less arbitrary in size without having to change the system all that much, since the robots themselves can define their own build volume by moving around.

Read more at IEEE Spectrum.

HP Partners With CDC To Test And Bioprint Antibiotics

The HP D300e Digital Dispenser BioPrinter. Photo via HP.

HP has announced its participation in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) pilot program that aims to develop new antibiotics designed to fight antimicrobial-resistant bacteria. With HP’s bioprinting technology, microbiologists are able to print antibiotics samples for testing directed at halting the spread of such bacteria.

Read the full article here.

Optical fibre made in orbit should be better than the terrestrial sort

Made in Space and FOMS (Fiber Optic Manufacturing in Space) are both proposing to manufacture optical fibre of the highest quality in the free-falling conditions of the International Space Station. At $1m a kilogram, this is a material that is well worth the trip to and from orbit.

Read more on The Economist.

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AUTHENTISE will be exhibiting, through a partnership with America Makes, the power of smart digital tools within the AM production thread. Showcasing our 3Diax modular platform and MES for AM, you’ll be able to witness how our machine learning algorithms and automation tools can boost operational performance through the roof for each role within the pipeline.

WHERE: additive ETC, located on Level 3 of the West Building at McCormick Center.

Data/Advanced technologies lay groundwork for new economic models (Authentise Weekly News-In-Review – Week 87)

The current trade wars between the US, Europe and China are proving to be a thorn in everyone’s side, and people are looking for solutions. This may not come from a change in political climates (sadly), however the technological trends we have been observing in the past few decades point towards an exciting possible outcome. The economy as we have it structured today may not hold up to new manufacturing technologies that enable decentralized, as-needed production. 3D printing is making it redundant to have warehouse stock and to deal with the infinitely complex hassle of global logistics. Plus, every step of the pipeline is being digitized, made flexible and agile, empowered by data and capable of so much more than if constrained in its traditional box. As Apple has proven, data is the new oil and is the foundation of present and future enterprises. Are current laws up to these elevated standards? Do we need to revise our concept of economy in light of these affirmed and evolving technologies?

 

How 3D printing could help save us from trade wars

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While tariffs and trade wars from the White House may threaten our jobs, peace and prosperity, technology innovations from American business could save us. Just as new technology in energy production and extraction have reduced our dependence on the Middle East, a technology innovation of a very different sort — 3D printing — is already poised to reduce our dependence on Asian factories.

Read the rest here.

 

3D Printing Industry Experts Comment On Impact Of Trade Wars Tariffs On Additive Manufacturing


Today marks the start of US trade tariffs on goods valued at $34 billion worth of imports from China. A list published by the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) details the 818 tariff lines that will be subject to an additional 25% in duty. China has responded with additional import taxes on US goods valued at a similar amount. 3D Printing Industry contacted resellers, manufacturers and other 3D printing insiders around the world for their thoughts about how the “the biggest trade war in economic history” will impact additive manufacturing.

Read the interviews on 3D Printing Industry.

 

Apple Is The New Exxon And Data Is The New Oil: The Path To The First $10 Trillion Company

There is no longer any doubt that the 21st century will be propelled by companies producing and using data, just as the 20th century was propelled by companies producing and using oil. The analogies are numerous and accurate and all emanate from the core reality: the century-long era of petroleum and the rise of automobiles and aviation is now followed one of data and the rise of computers and robots.

Read the rest on Forbes.

 

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AUTHENTISE will be exhibiting, through a partnership with America Makes, the power of smart digital tools within the AM production thread. Showcasing our 3Diax modular platform and MES for AM, you’ll be able to witness how our machine learning algorithms and automation tools can boost operational performance through the roof for each role within the pipeline.

WHERE: additive ETC, located on Level 3 of the West Building at McCormick Center.

Why manufacturing agility is the real game changer (Authentise Weekly News-In-Review – Week 87)

AM is being touted as the next manufacturing revolution, but all things considered, it’s just another tool on the belt. What’s really exciting is the paradigm that AM, alongside other technologies, bring to the board: true manufacturing agility. The ability to react to new or changing requirements on the fly, not being constrained by location or methodology. This means having adaptive factories, with tools that bridge and compensate the lackings of each other. Metal casting is still very much being used and will be for quite some time. This transformation is being fueled by the digital thread that permeated the manufacturing industry. Cloud-based platforms and modular designs, both in terms of hardware like the MachineBuilder or software like our very own 3Diax solution, offer unparalleled flexibility and efficiency to the user. These technologies enable problem-solving to be taken to a whole new level, decentralizing production capabilities yet interweaving a smart network of data and manufacturing hotspots.

The Battle of innovation and tradition: Metal Casting vs Metal 3D printing

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Additive Manufacturing is very often referred to as the new industrial revolution. From 3D printed car parts to airplanes or houses, 3D printing is changing the world around us. But how does the innovative and fairly young technology perform compared to classical Metal Casting which has been used for centuries?

Read the full article here.

Meet 3D MachineBuilder, a Web-Based Platform for speeding up Custom Machine Design

Canadian company Vention is offering a solution in 3D MachineBuilder. This cloud-based design and build system brings hardware and software together into the same digital workflow, potentially speeding the development time of custom industrial equipment and prototyping by five times over.

The company’s public assembly library offers hundreds of open-source designs created by the company’s engineering team as well as current users. According to CEO and founder Etienne Lacroix, Vention is different because it’s the first digital manufacturing platform dedicated to machine design.

Read more at Design News.

U.S. Marines 3D Print F-35 Part To Save $70,000

A team of U.S. Marines 3D printed a part for the F-35 stealth fighter saving $70,000 in costs for a whole new landing gear door.

The component is a small part mounted on the door pressing it into the latch. It was designed and 3D printed by Marines from Combat Logistics Battalion 31 (CLB-31) in Carderock, Maryland.

Sam Pratt, a mechanical engineer at the Carderock’s Additive Manufacturing Project Office, provided further technical assistance to the team.

“YOU CAN’T BUY THE PIECE SEPARATE FROM THE LANDING GEAR DOOR WHICH IS A COST OF $70,000. BY HAVING THE CAPABILITIES TO PRINT IN THE FIELD, WE WERE ABLE TO REPLICATE THE PART FOR A COST OF ROUGHLY 9 CENTS.”

Read the full article here.

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AUTHENTISE will be exhibiting, through a partnership with America Makes, the power of smart digital tools within the AM production thread. Showcasing our 3Diax modular platform and MES for AM, you’ll be able to witness how our machine learning algorithms and automation tools can boost operational performance through the roof for each role within the pipeline.

WHERE: additive ETC, located on Level 3 of the West Building at McCormick Center.

WHEN: 10th – 15th September

AM helps us tackle environmental issues from the ground up (Authentise Weekly News-In-Review – Week 86)

Humans are having a tremendous impact on the environment. The complex interweaving systems of industry, infrastructure and more are taking their toll in terms of pollution, waste and climate change. Fortunately, we’ve never been more conscious about this, and the newest technologies are being employed, and developed, with these issues in mind. AM is already redefining the idea of wastefulness, shifting the production paradigm from warehouse stocks to as-needed. This means that not only production will be less wasteful, but the entire network will be extremely optimized, requiring less shipping and thus cutting emissions. Each AM technology will need time to develop and improve upon the positive impact it can deliver to the world, solving problems like high energy consumption, but the future is getting a little brighter also thanks to them.

How 3D Printing Is Fighting Global Warming

The additive manufacturing industry overflows with companies that are thinking long term and refusing to sit idly as our environment suffers to the detriment of future generations. In the clouds of darkness that hover, these technologies could be the light. Here are five particularly potent examples: slashing shipping, reducing product waste, cutting emissions, making cars lighter, documenting vanishing ecosystems.

Read more about each example on Fortune.

ETH Zurich’s DFAB house installs largest ever 3D printed concrete slab

The DFAB construction project underway at ETH Zurich aims to use all the latest digital technologies to produce a real three-story house. After using the robotic additive deposition to produce walls and advance composite materials for internal complex structures, now the researchers at ETH Zurich have fabricated an 80 m2 lightweight concrete “Smart Slab” lab using large format binder jetting technology. This makes the DFAB house the world’s first full-scale architectural project to use 3D sand printing for its formwork.

Read the rest here.

Is 3D Printing Really As Eco-friendly As We Think It Is?

Environmental impacts of 3D printing according to materials and processes. Chart via Umweltbundesamt.

A recent study by German environmental association, Umweltbundesamt (UBA), gives information on 3D printing and the environment. Titled 3D Printing Trend report for assessing the environmental impacts, this study details the burdens and benefits of additive manufacturing within the environment, and its impact on personal health at home and in factories.

Read the full article here.

 

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AUTHENTISE will be exhibiting, through a partnership with America Makes, the power of smart digital tools within the AM production thread. Showcasing our 3Diax modular platform and MES for AM, you’ll be able to witness how our machine learning algorithms and automation tools can boost operational performance through the roof for each role within the pipeline.

WHERE: additive ETC, located on Level 3 of the West Building at McCormick Center.

WHEN: 10th – 15th September

Maybe now Manufacturers will take Cyber-security seriously? (Authentise Weekly News-In-Review – Week 84)

A bunch of manufacturing related cybersecurity stories hit the news in the last week. We hold little hope that it will change things.

First, over 150 GB of raw manufacturing data was released into the wild, then a customised virus hit the manufacturing operations of iPhone semiconductor supplier TCMS in a hit that was reminiscent of the Stuxnet attack on Iran’s centrifuges, and nobody noticed when an Israeli company suggested a way to get around the intercept problem uncovered by Chris Williams @Virginia a few years ago.

Truth is, despite representing 16% of GDP in the US, manufacturing is still seriously flummoxed by cybersecrutiy.  The gut reaction of many in the industry is simply to say: let’s not connect our devices then. That is increasingly impossible and dangerous to growth. Continued resilience to solutions will hamper our ability to bring manufacturing into the 21st century. We’ve presented solutions (both technological and theoretical) but await a more dynamic response from the industry. Maybe we’ll see more at IMTS this year? Join us there!

More Than 150 Gigabytes of Manufacturing Data Found Exposed on Web

A misconfigured data transfer server left sensitive data from big name car makers and their employees wide open to the Internet earlier this month, a security vendor has revealed. Itnews.com reports that documents belonging to more than 100 manufacturing companies were exposed on a publicly accessible server belonging to Level One Robotics, …

Read the full article on Assembly Magazine.

iPhone Chipmaker Races to Recover After Crippling Computer Virus

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co., which makes chips for the iPhone and other devices, is recovering from a debilitating computer virus but warned of delayed shipments and reduced revenue because of the impact on its factories.

TSMC said that 80 percent of the fabrication tools affected by a virus outbreak Friday evening had been restored and that it expects full recovery on Monday. …

Read the full article on Bloomberg.

Researchers Develop Audio-Based Method to Detect 3D Printing Cyber-Attacks

Ben-Gurion University of the Negev in Israel researchers has published a study titled “Digital Audio Signature for 3D Printing Integrity”, examining the use of “audio fingerprints” to help detect cyber-attacks on 3D printers.
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Read the full article on All3DP.

Space, the final frontier will need 3D printing to make it happen (Authentise Weekly News-In-Review – Week 83)

The space industry finds itself in the sweet spot of many advanced technologies, hoping to improve mission success by looking at its problems from all sides. 3D printing has already proved to be a powerful tool for these purposes, with its fast iterative cycles and outside-the-box manufacturing paradigm. What Airbus has been doing for its airplanes, Lockheed Martin is pushing beyond with 3D printed parts that can reach sizes just under 4ft, halving production time, costs and reducing weight. Still, it will be extremely expensive to launch humans to Mars or even the Moon in the near future. For that, we’ll have to rely on robots (with much lower maintenance requirements). By sending autonomous robots to another planet, they can be tasked to 3D print sustainable habitats for us in-situ, by sourcing local materials. Empowered by the digital thread, the designs for these habs can be experimented upon and reiterated, and contests are being created periodically to further improve those that, in a not too distant tomorrow, we could call homes.

 

Lockheed Martin 3D printed an impressive titanium dome for satellite fuel tanks

Lockheed Martin has just taken 3D printing to new heights, printing an enormous titanium dome meant for satellite fuel tanks. It’s the largest space part the company has 3D printed to date and measures 46inch  in diameter — just under 4ft.

“Our largest 3D printed parts to date show we’re committed to a future where we produce satellites twice as fast and at half the cost,” said Rick Ambrose, Lockheed Martin Space executive vice president. “And we’re pushing forward for even better results. For example, we shaved off 87% of the schedule to build the domes, reducing the total delivery timeline from two years to three months.”

Read the full article on Digital Trends.

 

Here’s What We Know About The Robots That Might Build Our First Homes on the Moon

Rovers may soon traverse the surface of the Moon yet again. This time, though, they’ll have one noble mission: to build shelter the first human colonizers will inhabit. A team of Japanese scientists is working to make this a reality. They started a company called ispace with the intention of launching a private space mission to the Moon. ispace envisions an entire colony, called “Moon Valley”, constructed not by human astronauts, but by robots instead. And they want to get started on it soon: the team is planning its first mission for late 2019, and a second in 2020.

Read the full article on Futurism.

 

NASA announces winners of competition to design 3D-printed habitat for Mars

NASA announces winners of competition to design 3D-printed habitat for Mars

NASA has selected the five winning designs in the latest stage of its 3D-printed Habitat competition, which include a community of modular pods made from the Martian surface, and a vertical egg-like container. The On-Site Habitat Competition invited groups to design a sustainable shelter for a crew of four astronauts on a mission to Mars, using construction techniques enabled by 3D printing technology.

Read the rest here.

 

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Farnborough Airshow – AM on aerospace’s spotlight (Authentise Weekly News-In-Review – Week 82)

Last week, our CEO Andre Wegner attended the Farnborough Airshow. What was presented there represented the very cutting edge of the aerospace industry, contributing to a record-breaking $192B in orders, and what happened behind closed doors was even more exciting.
3D printing featured prominently within its halls, as the technology was shown employed to optimize both the performance of the parts it redesigned and the design/production process itself. The industry is renowned for its tight certification specifications, and this is one of the topics that are closer to the heart of those players who want to be held as trend leaders. The event was the perfect opportunity for companies and collaborations to show their latest 3D printed aircraft parts, like the Norsk Titanium/Pratt & Whitney integrally bladed rotor (IBR) among many others. What are most interesting, however, are the deals and collaborations that have been announced coming from the airshow. An MoU between Oerlikon and RUAD on the development of space components, printers’ deals and material development contracts between GE Additive and Eaton and AP&C, represents just a fraction of the movement the 3D printing industry is displaying.

 

Inside Aerospace AM Certification At Farnborough Airshow 2018

Norsk Titanium 3D printed aft galley brackets on display at Farnborough Airshow 2018. Photo by Beau Jackson

As a high-value, and heavily standardized industry, certification of course is one of the main preoccupations when considering 3D printing in aerospace. In conversations with steel manufacturer and distributor Carpenter Technology, Rapid Plasma Deposition (RPD) company Norsk Titanium and Boeing Horizon X beneficiary Morf3D, I explore this topic a little deeper to underline a picture of the technology’s progress in this heavyweight industry.

Read the full analysis here.

 

Norsk Titanium, Pratt & Whitney, 3D Printed Integrally Bladed Rotor And More Aerospace Announcements

Norsk Titanium, an aerospace additive manufacturing company with headquarters in Norway, alongside a team of aerospace industry specialists, have collaborated to create and test the first additive manufactured integrally bladed rotor (IBR) used within turbine engines. The University of Notre Dame Turbomachinery Laboratory (NDTL), Pratt & Whitney and TURBOCAM International are included in the industry team.

“We are excited to collaborate on these manufacturing and testing efforts and applications for future engine development,” said Dave Carter, Senior Vice President, Engineering, at Pratt & Whitney.

Read the rest of the article here.

 

RUAG and Oerlikon sign 3D printed space components MoU

Oerlikon and RUAG Space have signed a Memorandum of Understanding today during the Farnborough Airshow to qualify and accelerate series production of 3D printed space components. Oerlikon and RUAG Space are already working together on the qualification of a bracket that would be installed on a payload fairing. A new optimised design made possible through additive manufacturing will reduce costs by 25% and decrease weight by more than 50%, while doubling the stiffness of the bracket. The collaboration on the bracket exemplifies the companies’ strong partnership, which will be deepened further through this initiative.

Read more here.

 

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Traditional design processes don’t work with AM, so it’s changing (Authentise Weekly News-In-Review – Week 81)

We’ve set up our design process to be efficient and reliable for the tools at our disposal, and with 3D printing, it’s about time to shake it up. 3D printing is inherently different from traditional manufacturing techniques and, to explore its true potential, we need to rely on design tools that help us explore new directions. Sandia Labs argues that this technology doesn’t plug easily into established production methodologies, both in terms of speed and how the variables involved impact the parts. The different features of a 3D printed part are a challenge for precision manufacturing lines. Apart from industrial compatibility issues, to see where we can push 3D printing we need to think outside the box. Concepts like 4D manufacturing help us envision what we can achieve with the technology, with parts that react to temperature, light or mechanical changes. This is nothing new in and of itself, but it’s been explored through 3D printing and it’s empowered design capabilities. We are already on the right track to reinvent the design process through smart digital tools, like generative design and quick iterative cycles, and the future looks exciting.

Sandia Labs Focused on Optimizing Design for 3D Printing

3D printing is capable of streamlining both design and production processes, but most designers (and many design tools) aren’t really prepared to take advantage of the design possibilities the technology presents. Traditional design methods applied to additive manufacturing don’t necessarily lead to fully optimized designs. Sandia National Laboratories’ Laboratory Directed Research and Development project hopes to point the industry in the right direction.

According to Sandia, the project focused on “how to put less precise 3D printed parts together with precise tools, taking advantage of the rapid prototyping, design and manufacturing possible with additive manufacturing.”

Read the full article here.

MIT engineers create 3D-printed magnetic shape-shifters

Engineers from MIT have designed soft, 3D-printed structures that can transform their shape “almost instantaneously” with the wave of a magnet. The magnetically manipulated objects are made using a type of 3D-printable ink developed by researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), which has been infused with tiny magnetic particles.

Read the rest here.

Autodesk University: How is Generative Design used Within Additive Manufacturing?

With a keenness to learn more about how design processes can affect AM end-production, 3D Printing Industry attended Autodesk University’s industrial talk entitled “Generative Design: Past, Present, and Future”. This lecture was led by Autodesk’s Principal Technical Consultant Andrew Harris and Allin Groom a Research Engineer at Autodesk.

Read more at 3D Printing Industry.

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How to fund Digital Manufacturing? (Authentise Weekly News-In-Review – Week 80)

Funds like Atomico are already forming a portfolio of startups poised to disrupt many verticals through IIoT, robotics and AI, and they are showing excitement for the future as well. There is tremendous value to be created through digital startups, many of which take on daunting challenges. The aptly named Automation Everywhere wants to bring, you guessed it, automation to any mundane human task, both physically and digitally, and has just raised $1.8 billion valuation. Similarly, company Katerra wants to reinvent how the construction industry is structured and has already raised $865 million in venture capital. But is Venture Capital really the right way to fund a B2B industry with slow sales? The fact that Automation Everywhere waited 15 years to raise its first funding, and Katerra is backed with $865m from Softbank indicates maybe not. Maybe more patient private capital, or even public markets – with their more limited growth objectives – are the right source of funding. Foxconn backing Andrew Ng, while Flex has backed ex-Autodesk CEO Carl Bass with $200m indicates it may be so. Our prediction: We’ll see a lot more interesting funding mechanisms in this industry going forward.

Data, AI & Robots: Atomico’s Take on Industry 4.0

Inexpensive sensors, cheap wireless communications infrastructure, highly scalable cloud-based data processing and novel machine learning methods have converged to a point where the building blocks are in place for a new Machine Age. Venture capital investment in internet-of-things in Industry (the decidedly ugly-sounding “IIoT”) is at an all time high, according to a CB Insights report on the topic, with over $1bn invested in Q4 2017 alone.

Read the full article at Medium.

Silicon Valley company that automates ‘mundane’ tasks with robots gets nearly $2 billion valuation

A Silicon Valley company that uses bots to automate certain tasks previously done by human workers has reached a $1.8 billion valuation with a new fundraising from several companies, including Goldman Sachs. San Jose, California-headquartered Automation Anywhere this week announced a $250 million round of fundraising — its first round of outside funding despite being in business for 15 years.

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Can Silicon Valley Disrupt How We Build?

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Katerra announced that it had acquired Michael Green Architecture, a 25-person architecture firm in Vancouver, British Columbia. On June 12, the company revealed that it had bought another, larger architecture firm, Atlanta-based Lord Aeck Sargent. This comes five months after Katerra raised $865 million in venture capital from funders led by SoftBank’s Vision Fund, which has also invested heavily in the co-working startup WeWork. “The construction industry is ripe for digital disruption,” said co-founder and chairman Michael Marks in a press release. “This new round of funding will enable us to further invest in R&D and continue to scale the business.”

Read the full article here.

 

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