Team RedWorks recently returned from the Phoenix Spark Collider event at Travis Air Force Base, having had the opportunity to learn about some of the unique challenges facing the our armed forces directly from the men and women of Air Mobility Command. This is not our team’s first encounter with members of the military looking to startups to help innovate. Over the last year we’ve been lucky enough to meet members of Air Force Research Lab (AFRL), the Air Force Civil Engineering Center (AFCEC), and the United States Naval Construction Battalions, better known as the Seabees. There is a clear need for startups to work more closely with the military to address the challenges facing service members, and at RedWorks we want to do everything we can to help address one challenge in particular: building in remote areas.
RedWorks’ has always been committed to making construction in the most remote environments easier and more affordable by creating technology to create building materials on-demand with what raw materials are available on-site. This is especially important for America’s men and women in uniform, who often must operate in some of the most remote environments on Earth. As such, we see the In-Situ Additive Construction (ISAC) 3D printers we’re developing as a promising solution for military construction in austere and remote areas. ISAC will be able to use local sources of sand, dust, and dirt as feedstock to create building materials totally on-site, requiring no water to bind material together. ISAC allow military engineers to adapt building materials to meet the needs of the project completely in the field with virtually no waste, and lower overhead costs than traditional construction. Moreover, making building materials on-site not only reduces the cost of moving materials to the site, but reduces project delays by eliminating shipping times, and in so doing limits the number service members that would otherwise be exposed to danger while moving materials to a potentially hostile or remote area.
ISAC would make it possible for military engineers to build or repair air fields without having to ship a single bag of concrete or gallon of water, create forward defenses and battlefield infrastructure entirely on-site, and give naval engineers the power to create floating piers from the sand of the beachhead itself. Furthermore, ISAC would allow the military to not only support combat missions, but the other great challenge the US military takes on in humanitarian projects. America’s armed forces support a wide range of humanitarian activities around the world, from disaster relief to goodwill missions in countries hosting US forces, and the more efficiently they can complete a project the more people they can help. At RedWorks our goal is for ISAC to build for whatever the challenge our service-members face, and make building in remote areas safer, faster, and less costly.
Travis Air Force Base recently hosted an innovation event called Phoenix Collider on August 1, 2017. Phoenix Collider allowed military personnel to collaborate with industry experts to identify and address innovative solutions for the unique problem sets facing our armed forces.
RedWorks was delighted to meet the men and women in uniform of Travis Air Force Base and Air Mobility Command; and to see our armed forces engaging with startups to solve problems facing our service members. We hope to return again for the next event hosted by the Phoenix Spark innovation HUB and continue to connect with military personnel to find ways In-Situ 3D printing can help America's armed forces.
RedWorks Founders, Keegan Kirkpatrick (CEO) and Susan Jennings (CPO) are coming to NASA Ames for their 2017 Industry Day. Industry Day is a three-day event dedicated to bringing the small businesses community, Industry at large and experts across NASA together to explore and share ideas and innovations.
RedWorks Construction Technologies Inc. is excited to join members of the space industry and NASA to discuss how the research being done for exploring and developing space can benefit people on Earth.
Team RedWorks is traveling to San Mateo for Lightspeed Innovations' 2017 Pitch Event on May 19th. We've had an amazing experience building our business with the Lightspeed team, and cannot thank them enough for all that they have done for us.
When our team began in the summer of 2015, we never expected that the ideas we were creating would excite people the way they did during the 3D Printed Habitat Challenge. We've been honored by the support and enthusiasm we've received from members of the 3D Printing, architecture & design, and construction industries, and today we announce the new steps we're taking to bring Made for Mars technology back to Earth.
We're putting our efforts into the development of early versions of our ISAC printing systems to be introduced in Q1 2018 to experimental architects and contractors who have expressed their interest in the system’s applications. The product suite under development right now would allow architects and engineers to create, validate and upload material designs that can be created using an ISAC printer to an online Material Marketplace. This technology will make it easier, faster, and cheaper to make custom building materials that have never before been possible with traditional construction techniques, and will radically cut construction material waste by fitting components directly to the needs of builders in the field.
RedWorks first created out technology to make long-term missions to Mars less costly and more adaptable. The goal was to make construction simpler and adaptable on-site. We're bringing those same solutions to builders on Earth because the challenges are the same. To tackle high material cost with less labor, the world needs a better way of building on-site.
RedWorks CEO, Keegan Kirkpatrick will be speaking to the UCLA architecture student body tomorrow at Perloff Hall at 1pm on the future of construction.
Special thanks to Darren Bechtel and Brick and Mortar Ventures for inviting us to this event. We hope to see plenty of aspiring pioneers!
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LANCASTER, California / SAN JOSE, California, May 10th, 2017 - RedWorks Construction Technologies Inc. is proud to announce that RedWorks will partner with 4th Law, LLC to bring 4th Law’s groundbreaking cloud control systems and Redworks’ additive construction technologies to market over the coming years.
A combined RedWorks/4th Law solution will allow deployment of machines that use common soil to “print” low-cost building materials in austere regions while maintaining remote control and updates via 4th Law’s CaaS (Control as a Service) cloud-based systems.
With the help of 4th Law, RedWorks plans on bringing its initial product to market, an In-Situ Additive Construction (ISAC) On-Site Material 3D Printer. The ISAC Printer is used to convert locally sourced materials into a finished design on-site, using designs from a marketplace of materials created by architects and engineers.
The benefits of the unique partnership arrangement with 4th Law are invaluable with regard to product feature innovations and developing next generation improvements to systems. 4th Law will provide engineering services and assist in the design and implementation of a vehicle platform for the RedWorks system, as well as a control system to allow for remote operation and fleet monitoring.
RedWorks' technology, originally developed to address long term habitation challenges in the NASA 3D Printed Habitat Challenge, will be directed at addressing the world’s commercial and residential construction needs.
RedWorks is committed to giving builders new tools for creating custom building materials completely on-site from technology originally developed for use in space. To that end we see a need for control systems that can provide across the board in-process optimization of the operation our products in the field.
4th Law was created to disrupt the complex and fast growing vehicle markets through modular, low cost control solutions. 4th Law's Control as a Service leverages cloud resources to provide control remotely while aggregating real time spatiotemporal data.
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While rockets built and launched by private companies are the most visible example of the growth of private space companies, a little known movement has come to dominate new space startups: Terrestrial First. Terrestrial First startups are using the technology and services created for space to solve problems on Earth today. These are not spin-offs, or one-off products, but businesses committed to addressing challenges on Earth for the long term.
Visionaries in NewSpace know the road to the space-based economy will be long, and that private companies cannot expect their investors or employees to wait 5-10 years developing product for a market that doesn’t exist yet. Using the commercial innovation cycle to support space development means getting new technology developed and in place with more immediate rewards. In other words: to get products to market, the industry is beginning to look to Earth.
For startups, Terrestrial First’s benefits are limitless. By building companies to serve markets on Earth, they must go through the same development process as traditional startups, and therefore focus their ambitions on a problem they can solve now. Space companies have had a bad habit of over-committing themselves by trying to solve every problem for a space-based supply chain, leading to a lot of ambitious ventures closing their doors before ever releasing a product. Terrestrial First startups can come to market by taking the most manageable part of their technology and developing it without nearly the same risk as before. Focusing on a single solution also makes it easier for more space companies to develop products and services that complement each other. In effect, Terrestrial First lays the groundwork for space-based supply chains by making it easier for companies to get started bring more products and services to market.
For the government, Terrestrial First opens the floodgates for companies looking to take advantage of government research programs that otherwise would be unavailable to them. Small Business Innovation Research/Technology Transfer (SBIR/STTR) grants have often been the source of funding of space startups just getting off the ground. Terrestrial First companies can use these programs to not only secure funding, but guide research into technologies that they are better positioned to bring to market. This benefits the government because not only does it encourage the development of mission-specific technology it creates a system by which said technology can be validated in the marketplace on Earth. In effect, Terrestrial First companies give taxpayers a faster return on their investment.
For consumers, the benefits of Terrestrial First are simple: the extreme innovation, precision, and expertise demanded of spaceflight industry put into products everyday people can use. Terrestrial First has already done this with companies using small satellites to take countless pictures of the Earth and analyze the images to give everything from hyper-accurate weather reports, to better parking lot layouts. Other companies are looking to use life support monitoring technology to give farmers a better idea of the condition of their crops, and companies like 4th Law are using computer controllers meant for guiding satellites to guide swarms of drones. Terrestrial First is ultimately about sharing the fruits of space R&D with people on Earth today.
RedWorks is a Terrestrial First company. Right now the technology we created for building on Mars is being prepared for building here on Earth. The same challenges that will face pioneers on Mars are being faced by builders on Earth, most severely in remote locations with limited resources and infrastructure or urban areas with simply overburdened infrastructure. RedWorks will continue to participate in competitions and research programs aimed at furthering humanity’s reach into space, and always look for ways to bring what we learn back to Earth. The path to Mars will guide innovation, and help us create the next generation of our technology for builders and architects on Earth. When humans take the first steps on Mars, the printers we built on Earth will be ready to join them and build the first homes on another planet.
On March 11th, RedWorks founder and Team Lead, Keegan Kirkpatrick will be speaking at the 2017 New Space Age Conference, on the topic of Sustainable Expansion: Reaching Mars and Beyond. The panel will discuss the most cost-effective and technologically feasible ways to create a sustainable Earth-Mars supply chain an interplanetary economy.
Keegan will be joining the panel with NASA Swamp Works founder and Planetary Scientist Dr. Phil Metzger, Associate Director for NASA JSC Human Health and Performance Directorate Mark Jernigan, and Director of MIT's Man Vehicle Lab and Astronaut Dr. Jeffrey Hoffman .
The MIT New Space Age Conference, will discuss among other things: astropreneurship, space accelerators, the role of public organizations and policy makers, the development of a new generation of satellites, propulsion means, and space habitats. Conference agenda and tickets information can be found on the website: newspaceage.org.
You can watch the Beyond the Cradle: Envisioning a New Space Age livestream on the future of structures in space hosted by the MIT Media Lab at on March 12th.
RedWorks will be stepping back from the 3D Printed Habitat Challenge to focus on taking our technology to market. It was a privilege to be accepted into the Finals during the Design Challenge last year and competing against so many fine teams, and we wish those who go on to compete in the next phase, as well as those newcomers, the best of all good luck.
Now is the time for our team to bring out technology back to Earth as solutions to the challenges we face today. From affordable housing, to reducing the environmental impact of building, to making it easier to build in new markets, RedWorks will use Made for Mars technology to improve life on Earth.
Team Lead Keegan Kirkpatrick will be at the San Francisco Open Group talks on February 1, 2017 to talk about how more Companies are making the pivot to a "Terrestrial First" strategy, and the need for more cross-industry collaboration.