A sample of RedWorksTM stone and the sand it was made from.
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Lancaster, California — February 19, 2018. A little less than a year ago RedWorks Construction Technologies Inc. began work on our first On-Site Material 3D Printer with a simple goal: make it possible to create whatever materials a builder could need with the dirt beneath their feet. In October of 2017 we proved that was possible with our first prototype extruder, creating granite-like material from ordinary sand. Now we are working to create a machine to change the face of construction.
RedWorksTM In-Situ Additive Construction (ISAC) 3D Printers only require on-site sources of dirt, dust, and sand to create materials that can match the strength of existing masonry. Our technology will let builders make custom, high-end stone building materials faster, cheaper, and with far less waste. Our first commercially available prototype, set to launch later this year, will be introduced for architects, universities, and government researchers looking to experiment with on-site 3D printing. These tabletop, or T-Series, printers will directly precede our larger P-Series ISAC printers which will be small enough to fit in the bed of a pickup truck and will enable commercial builders to create low-cost masonry materials on-site. ISAC will let builders create materials for high-end projects without disrupting local communities and environments with diesel burning cement trucks. Low cost housing hugging a highway can be built with thick walls to reduce noise pollution for residents and neighbors alike, when they’d otherwise be prohibitively expensive. And communities impacted by drought could create apartments and homes from blocks designed to collect rainwater and distribute it to planters that that reduce air pollution and retain water. These are just a few of the opportunities that ISAC will make possible, and fundamentally change the way we approach construction.
At the heart of the ISAC printers is RedWorksTM patent pending Multi-Core Induction Extruder (M-CIE). M-CIE is a new kind of 3D printer extrusion technology that sinters dirt and sand to a malleable state, with no water or binders, using induction heating. Put simply, induction uses a magnetic field to force the molecules in a conductive material to vibrate, generating friction and therefore heat. However, unlike past induction systems that can only use conductive metals and certain ceramics, M-CIE’s unique design uses inducting heating indirectly. Heating conductive cores within the print-head to many hundreds of degrees, dirt and sand feedstocks are continuously fed through and heated to become semi-molten and malleable. The material is then laid down like any plastic 3D printer to make whatever objects the user desires, before cooling to become rock. This is actually a fairly energy efficient process compared to current masonry production technology, requiring as little as 10 kilowatts to work. In California, energy costs are so low that a standard working brick printed using a P-Series ISAC printer would cost as little as 1/50th that of commercially available materials. Moreover, by shrinking the supply chain to the builder, ISAC will significantly reduce material shipping costs, and more importantly eliminate shipping delays for masonry.
In an industry ripe for technology that will disrupt costs and support greater flexibility, ISAC is a game changer. We hope to make ISAC the machine that empowers builders and contractors to meet the demands of an ever evolving market. From high-end projects that complement their environment, to affordable housing that raises the value of neighborhoods, ISAC will reduce building materials and costs to the dirt beneath your feet.
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RedWorks CEO, Keegan Kirkpatrick, will be speaking at Pioneers of Tomorrow: Exponential Technologies & Space for the 2018 Space Tech Summit in San Mateo California on January 24 from 3:45 - 4:15. Come see Keegan speak about how space directed research drives the creation of technologies that can improve life on Earth.
"The Space Tech Summit is a multi year initiative of Draper University, Global Startup Ecosystem and LightSpeed Innovations that brings together hundreds of entrepreneurs, investors, researchers, and creatives under one roof to address humanity’s grandest challenges via space technology. The summit also serves to bring key stakeholders that will accelerate both the exploration and commercialization of the Space ecosystem."
RedWorks Quarterly Newsletter is out covering all the progress we've made in 2017. We can't wait to show you all the exciting things we have in store for 2018.
With Thanksgiving upon us team RedWorks would like to take a few moments to give thanks to those who've helped and guided us this past year from our mentors at LightSpeed Innovations, to our Advisors, and of course to our friends and family who've been an ever present source of encouragement and support during this journey.
We'd like to wish you all a happy Thanksgiving.
This summer has seen the Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean devastated by one of the worst hurricane season in living memory, leaving countless homeless and without access to basic services. Meanwhile Syrian cities have been left in ruins from years of civil war that has displaced millions. One of the greatest obstacles facing relief workers is the loss of infrastructure, limiting the ability to move equipment and resources to where they’re needed most. What if instead, relief workers could rebuild without having to move one bag of concrete or gallon of water?
In our effort to better understand the problem of building in resource scarce environments, we’ve reached out disaster relief and construction units within the armed services. They have shown us just how depressingly similar the problem is, whether it be in a bombed out city on the other side of the world, or a community devastated by a hurricane in America’s own backyard. Water becomes a precious resource, transportation becomes impossible, and temporary refugee camps become permanent features for decades to come. These conditions breed instability, which is why the US military has committed itself to finding solutions that makes rebuilding faster and less costly. To this end RedWorks has begun to explore how our technology could help relief workers rebuild faster and get communities up and running during recovery. With our indigenous material 3D printers, relief workers could repair roads, housing, and hospitals all with the dirt beneath their feet, returning essential services to areas devastated by natural and human catastrophe. Our printers would shrink the tools to rebuild to a package small enough to be moved by one truck, and be powered in the field. Moreover our process would radically cut the consumption of clean water for construction, saving it for those who need it most.
Historically, when disasters strike, be they natural or man-made, it can take years if not decades for the affected areas to recover. With on-site construction 3D Printing, tent cities and refugee camps would be replaced by rapidly deployable permanent housing, with roads reopened in a matter of days, not months. This would accelerate the delivery of food, water, and power to the victims of disasters, be they natural or man-made. We are far from the only ones looking to address this problem, and if we commit ourselves to address this problem, some day areas impacted by catastrophic hurricanes, earthquakes and war will be able to rise from the ashes and give impacted communities a chance to return to some form of normalcy.
Come see RedWorks CEO Keegan Kirkpatrick on the panel Additive Manufacturing for Space and in Space: Challenges and Opportunities at the Additive Aerospace conference in downtown Los Angeles on October 20th at 11am.
The panel will be moderated by Ioana Cozmuta, Ph.D., Industry Innovation and Microgravity Lead, Space Portal, NASA Ames Research Center, and will include the following panelists.
We're proud to announce that team RedWorks has just had a successful test of our first prototype crucible, and have observed sintering in ordinary play sand using less than 1.5kW of power with no additives, binding agents, or water. This test is by no means the end of the line for RedWorks prototype development, and we're already working on our next generation system that will be more energy efficient and produce materials stronger than brick using nothing but the dirt beneath your feet and technology Made for Mars.
RedWorks would like to thank all of our friends and partners who helped us get to this point, and a special thanks in particular to LightSpeed Innovations, who's mentorship and support has been invaluable to this team. LightSpeed is currently taking applications for their next Accelerator Cohort, and if you're looking to build a company in the space industry you will not find a better team to help you along the way. Check out their newsletter in the link below to learn more about the companies LightSpeed has helped.
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.