Century Communities and Diamond Age, a full-stack robotics innovator, announced an agreement to build 72 homes in the Phoenix metro area for the builder's Century Complete brand.
The arrangement represents a milestone for both companies, kicking off the first time Century Communities will use 3D printing and robotics to construct new homes, as well as the first on-site commercial deployment for Diamond Age. The first home will begin construction this spring.
"We are excited to invest and partner with Diamond Age on the construction of our first homes utilizing 3D printing and robotics technology," says Genji Nakata, executive vice president of national operations for Century Communities. "Over the last year, the Diamond Age team has demonstrated its ability to scale its technology road map as well as validate the performance of its composite wall system, and we look forward to utilizing Diamond Age's product through our Century Complete brand."
Diamond Age's 3D printing and robotics technology has a goal of significantly reducing Century Complete's manual labor and construction cycle times. The company’s Factory-in-the-Field automation system takes three-dimensional control of a homesite. Material and technology agnostic, the system easily integrates new materials and mechatronics into its platform, delivering continual improvement throughout the home construction process.
“The opportunity to showcase our technology in a meaningful way is an incredible vote of confidence in us and the production housing industry's recognition that innovation can help solve the massive labor shortage that's been plaguing the entire construction industry for more than a decade,” says Jack Oslan, co-founder and CEO of Diamond Age. “We are proud to be at the forefront of creating a new era of construction jobs that will focus more on the technology operation and finishing side of home building and replace much of the backbreaking portion of home construction as we know it today.”