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.
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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