Drywall

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Increase efficiency with automated layout.

Layout directly impacts the success of every project. The Dusty Robotics FieldPrinter automates layout, providing drywall companies with unparalleled precision that increases accuracy and reduces risk. By printing the digital models directly on the site floor, the FieldPrinter eliminates the need for manual chalk lines, reducing the potential for mistakes and providing an end-to-end solution that can print all wall types, styles, and details, and ensure accuracy and completeness throughout the layout process.
The Dusty FieldPrinter not only enables accurate, automated wall layout but also offers the added benefit of printing the layouts of multiple trades simultaneously, which increases collaboration and communication while minimizing the risk of conflicts and costly rework.
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Protect your bottom line

Reduce risk

Automate drywall layout to minimize conflicts, errors, and accidents
Build directly off digital files with 1/16" accuracy
Reduce the physical demands of layout and retain skilled workers

Compress schedules

Layout all framing, finish, and doorways 10x faster
Remove layout crew bottlenecks
Immediately start installation

Minimize rework

Print layout directly from digital files
Optimize communication between trades
Identify conflicts before installation starts
Print all wall types, styles, and details for a complete solution
Ensure ADA compliance the first time around

Reduce risk with automated layout

The Dusty Robotics FieldPrinter significantly reduces risk by improving the drywall layout process. The FieldPrinter prints the coordinated model directly onto the construction site surface with 1/16” accuracy, 10x faster than manual layout. With Dusty, potential conflicts are identified earlier in the process, while detailed layout instructions enable drywall installation to be completed correctly the first time.
The Dusty FieldPrinter reduces the risk in drywall construction, improving speed, accuracy, and collaboration on construction projects.

Retain seasoned
workers

Traditional layout is physically grueling, requiring foremen to bend down and manually mark the floor thousands of times daily. Seasoned workers are retiring from the field due to this physical stress, making it difficult for construction companies to retain skilled labor. However, with the Dusty FieldPrinter, you can significantly reduce the physical labor required by your foremen. This helps you keep your best talent while getting the job done faster.
Automate physically challenging drywall layout
Improve worker retention rates
Increase worker safety

“Using Dusty is not as physically demanding as manual layout – no more on your knees or bending over all day. And I'm not covered in chalk or breathing in the chalk dust. Plus, it has added a valuable skill set to my job.”

Steven Depee
Layout Coordinator, Level 5 Inc

Build directly off
of digital models

While buildings today are modeled in collaborative and comprehensive digital software, these detailed models are still being laid out manually. And, manually measuring and marking the drywall layout introduces the possibility of costly errors, not to mention the majority of detail from the model gets lost in the manual process.
When a mistake isn’t identified until after drywall installation has begun, expensive and labor-intensive rework is necessary. This leads to cost overruns and smaller profit margins.
Print the coordinated model within 1/16” at 100% accuracy
Compress schedules by printing layout 10X faster than traditional methods
Include additional color, text, and details to guide installation
Ensure drywall installation follows ADA compliance
Improve profit margins

“I feel really confident in our layout knowing it’s coming straight from our CAD files."

Noah Bull
Project Engineer, Level 5 Inc.

Optimize speed &
collaboration

Digital models help facilitate collaboration between trades during the building design process, but once the construction project enters the manual layout phase, this collaboration and efficiency are lost. Each trade is responsible for manually laying out their part of the building design, and the construction schedule has to stagger timelines to allow each trade access to the construction site floor for the duration of the layout. Not anymore. The FieldPrinter carries this collaboration into the field, printing the coordinated model directly onto the job site surface.By printing all of the trades’ layouts in a single pass, there is no need to stagger layout scheduling and it’s easy to identify potential conflicts before installation starts.
Facilitate cross-trade collaboration in the field
Enable conflict identification before installation
Start installation weeks earlier

“We can come out in the field and see that information on the slab in real-time, we can review it with the electricians, we can review it with the framers and we can detect clashes together in person.”

Helen Schneider
Senior Associate, Perkins & Will

Reduce labor
requirements

Manual drywall layout and installation require deep knowledge of best practices, precise measurements for ceilings, walls, and doorways, and how to write and interpret shorthand markings. With a growing labor shortage in the construction industry, finding skilled labor for complex drywall layouts and installations can be challenging.
By automating drywall layout, the FieldPrinter reduces the man-hours required for layout and provides clear instructions for installation. It’s easy to print additional directions alongside the drywall layout, enabling less-experienced installation subcontractors to follow the layout instructions without confusion.
Provide additional details to inform installation
Reduce the skill level needed to build
Start installation weeks earlier

“[Dusty] exceeded the expectations in that we incorporated some of those details such as door openings, the rooms actually being called out on the ground, some of those types of widgets that previously we hadn’t done before."

Jonathan Lozano
Project Manager, DPR
Construction Automation

Frequently asked questions

Everything you need to know about Dusty.
How do you layout drywall?

Traditionally, drywall layout has been done manually using techniques such as the chalk-line method, but there is now robotic layout technology that automatically prints drywall layout on the job site surface.When done manually, contractors take measurements and use chalk lines to snap their reference lines on the construction site surface. They may additionally mark labels for building components. When the installation is ready to start, these manual measurements and markings are used to build the walls, ceilings, and doorways. This manual layout process is error-prone and often leads to rework, while robotic layout is accurate, fast, and reliable.

What is robotic layout?

Robotic layout uses the Dusty Robotics FieldPrinter to autonomously print the coordinated model directly onto the job site surface. The drywall layout is 100% accurate, 10x faster than manual layout, and can include additional details and instructions to guide installation. Robotic layout reduces risk, compresses construction schedules, minimizes rework, and improves the retention of seasoned workers.

What information is included in robotic layout?

Robotic layout includes accurate measurements for the building components including:

▶ Farming

▶ Drywall finish

▶ Ceiling heights

▶ Wall type labels

▶ Door rough openings

▶ Radius wall layout

▶ Backing locations

▶ Soffits

In addition to the basic drywall measurements, robotic layout can also provide specific instructions to further guide drywall installation. This includes the room label, number, paint colors, floor finish, ceiling height, and more.

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Find out how the Dusty Robotics FieldPrinter can help you increase accuracy, communication, and speed on your next project.
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The FieldPrinter is currently available in the US.
Controlling a Dusty robot