MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–dusty robotics, a provider of robotic solutions for the construction industry, today announced the closing of a $45 million Series B funding round. The round was led by Scale Venture Partners and joined by returning investors Baseline Ventures, Canaan Partners, Root Ventures, NextGen Venture Partners and Cantos. The company will use these funds to grow its team, expand its product offerings, and accelerate manufacturing with the goal of rolling out Dusty products to every construction site in the United States.
“Dusty is one of the few robotics startups to have identified an acute problem in a traditional industry and brought a product to market in a remarkably short time,” said Alex Niehenke, partner at Scale Venture Partners. “We are excited about Dusty’s potential to modernize the construction industry and believe this is the right team to do it. We are optimistic about Dusty’s bright future and excited to fuel their growth.
dusty FieldPrinter™ Solution eliminates one of the most common sources of conflict on construction projects: an incorrect layout drawn by hand using a chalk line process invented 5000 years ago by the early Egyptians. The patented FieldPrinter solution automates the process of bringing digital floor plans to construction sites by printing them in full size on the ground through a combination of hardware, software and services. This end-to-end solution ensures that all trades build from the same set of plans, eliminating errors, speeding conflict resolution, and dramatically reducing construction cost and time.
“Construction is endemic with manual workflows – processes where a phone call or email has to be sent in order to move the project forward – or work that has to be done with precision, via manual labor,” said said Tessa Lau, founder and CEO of Dusty. “With so little automation in the industry, it’s no wonder that 85% of projects complete beyond budget, directly contributing to the housing crisis. Our robotic solutions automate manual construction workflows, increasing productivity across the industry while creating better working conditions for skilled craftsmen.
Recent advances in Field printer technology made the solution easy to adopt by skilled construction professionals. FieldPrinter 1.0 release marks the first step towards a production system ready for widespread use. New features in version 1.0 include:
Print around shorelines or on congested sites with automatic obstacle detection and avoidance
QR code printing, allowing instant access to construction documents
Fast and efficient printing, including single pass printing of intersection points
Real-time progress tracking
These features are the first step towards a larger vision of getting the right information to the right people at the right time, which speeds up collaboration and ensures project success.
Field printer is the first solution of its kind to be widely adopted. Dozens of contractors use the FieldPrinter solution on job sites across the United States, including some of the biggest names in construction: DPR, Swinerton, PARIC, Performance Contracting Inc. and Southland Industries. In the first quarter of 2022 alone, Dusty’s printers laid out more than 25 million square feet of building floors, enough to build the equivalent of 25 football stadiums or 31,000 new apartments.
“We have invested a lot in BIM for our projects, and Dusty ensures that all trades rely on coordinated models for a project,” said Henning Roedel, Head of Robotics, DPR Construction. “We’ve used Dusty’s solution on sixteen projects across the United States, allowing our foremen to focus on being the best craftsmen instead of doing the tedious manual work of layout. We are customizing these printers to be available at our jobsites nationwide.
Why it matters now
The landscape of the $15 trillion construction market is changing rapidly as engineering companies, contractors and other players in the value chain realize the benefits of innovative construction technologies such as the FieldPrinter system and the increasingly deploy to try to combat the serious crisis of productivity and skilled labour. facing the industry.
“For us, the main ingredients are Dusty’s accuracy and layout speed,” said Emmy Guthrie, preconstruction manager at Performance Contracting, Inc. “We’re also thrilled with Dusty’s print layout. for mechanical, electrical and plumbing trades to allow for better coordination.With Dusty, we can start installing our work right away without worrying about conflicts.
“Dusty is accelerating the digitization of the construction industry,” Lau continued. “By bringing people and information together at the right time, we are transforming construction into a digital manufacturing process. Automation is the only way to solve our housing shortage and keep rising construction costs under control. »
About Dusty Robotics
Founded in 2018, Dusty develops robotic tools for the modern workforce, automating the most tedious manual workflows in construction. The FieldPrinter™ solution automates the BIM workflow in the field through a combination of hardware, software and services that seamlessly integrate into existing construction work processes. Founded by serial entrepreneurs and roboticists who have created several successful robotics companies, Dusty is backed by leading venture capital firms Scale Venture Partners, Canaan Partners, NextGen Venture Partners, Baseline Ventures, Root Ventures and Cantos Ventures. For more information, please visit www.dustyrobotics.com.
About Scale Venture Partners
Scale is a Silicon Valley-based startup venture capital firm investing in future leaders in enterprise software. We were early investors in SaaS Box pioneers DocuSign, HubSpot, RingCentral and Bill.com and continue that tradition with investments in “cognitive apps” and other transformational enterprise software from companies like JFrog , WalkMe, CircleCI, KeepTruckin, BigID and Lever. . Our Scale Studio platform leverages an unparalleled dataset of over 800 successful startups to give founders benchmarks on their company’s “vital signs” – the growth and operation metrics that matter most. To learn more about our people, our portfolio and our outlook, visit www.scalevp.com.