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Old 03-10-2019, 10:05 PM   #1
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Old 03-11-2019, 01:10 AM   #2
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The answer to your question is yes they could. The real question would be could they do it faster, better, or cheaper? If they couldn't, there isn't much reason to use one.

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I commend that guy for having the patience to dance the sheet of rock into place with the robot...

The robot would definitely be useful in creating a new category in Guinness Book of World Records for slowest install...

Other than that... no-where's near it... but it did highlight one thing... it isn't happening anytime soon without human help...
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As Kap said it isn't happening any time soon, but who knows what we'll see in 10, 20, 50 years. Boston Dynamics has gone from a 4 legged robot to a humanoid one that can run, jump, and do backflips in a few years.

I don't believe there is ever a risk of a career being suddenly wiped out by robots. It's a gradual process, you just have to pay attention.
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A more likely change as robotics move into various work arena, is the way components are made to facilitate machine methods.

IE: drywall may no longer be rigid sheets. Could be a flexible product on a roll, or sprayed from a gun.

May be even sooner that stick built structures become obsolete.
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The age of robotics and AI , which is already occurring, is starting to accelerate; it will build upon its success and feedback and will be a tsunami of innovation and disruption to the status quo, there are some estimates that in less than 20 years 40% of jobs will be displaced by these technologies.
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What would all the other subs do with out all the loud head banging music drywaller play.
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They now have some pretty slick brick laying robots in use. There is a large masonry contractor in Indianapolis that runs two of these machines. No reason why the same technology couldn't be applied to drywall.
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They now have some pretty slick brick laying robots in use. There is a large masonry contractor in Indianapolis that runs two of these machines. No reason why the same technology couldn't be applied to drywall.

Getting drywall positioned in a closet is a lot different than stacking bricks....
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Getting drywall positioned in a closet is a lot different than stacking bricks....
Using the human body as a model for the robot to hang drywall? That's just plain a phuckin stupid application. Great to push the boundries AI and understanding of robotics, but there's got to be a more efficient way mechanically than a metal/plastic copy of the flesh version of a swiss army knife.
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Getting drywall positioned in a closet is a lot different than stacking bricks....
Just like the brick laying machines, you would not use a drywall machine for little areas like a closet. You would use them for large areas where they can run for a while uninterrupted between setups.

Might not be suitable for most homes as rooms are small, but could be very effective for large rooms in buildings such as; schools, convention centers, commercial offices, churches, etc., etc.
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That video didn't show a robot installing drywall. It showed a robot picking up drywall and carrying it. Then it showed a brief close up of the robots arm screwing in drywall.

Of course, the robot may have actually picked up the drywall, put it on the wall, pulled out a screw gun, and screwed it in...in a manufacturing lab in perfect conditions. But that video didn't even show that perfect scenario.

At this trajectory it's going to happen, but we don't know how quickly.
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In a perfect condition. Give them 50 or 60 years and it might be a whole new world. I see them 3d printing houses before I see them using robots to built them as we now do, but who knows.
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IE: drywall may no longer be rigid sheets. Could be a flexible product on a roll, or sprayed from a gun.
Got me thinking, they could probably get them to plaster instead. Load everything up, shoot it on, then screed the whole wall in one shot

Can you imagine what all the old Italians would think? They'd be rolling in their graves

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Got me thinking, they could probably get them to plaster instead. Load everything up, shoot it on, then screed the whole wall in one shot

Can you imagine what all the old Italians would think? They'd be rolling in their graves

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I don’t know about robots but I’ve been tossing around the idea of training apes to frame....can you imagine the production of a crew of apes slinging lumber and sheet goods...
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It's a-happening...

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My answer about robots,yes I know they will be doing a lot more than hanging drywall. An old friend of mine has a son going to an excellent engineering school and robotics is a huge focus there and at other such schools.


Just a tip on a great way to make drywall easier,faster and a higher quality job. Several years ago,I helped a commercial contractor friend of mine build a couple of spec homes. He combined some of his commercial methods to the homes. In particular,when it was drywall time,instead of framing partitions and then rocking,we did layout of partitions on floor,snapped lines,sprayed lines with clear varnish,called in electrician to do all his ceiling work. We then hung the entire ceiling lickidy split obviously using fulls sheets with seams staggered.

The upshot of this method was multifaceted. First off,the fire inspector loved the idea the entire lid was a real fire barrier,not a bunch of tape joints in all the rooms. We were not measuring a bunch of pieces to fit in closet spaces,it cut down on the taping along with a lot of cut off waste. We used metal studs ,so standing up partition walls was a non issue. If however,wood studs were utilized,we figured a double bottom or top plated would be needed for a tight fit floor to ceiling.


If you get the chance,try it you may like it.

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