The updated HP SitePrint robot is now fully available in the UK and Ireland after a successful launch.
SitePrint prints lines and complex objects accurately and with consistent repeatability on site floors, says HP. It can also print text and thus bring additional data from the digital model to the construction site. It is autonomous and can avoid obstacles.
HP describes SitePrint as light and compact. It comes with a touch-screen tablet for remote control and configuration. The positioning and navigation of HP SitePrint on the job site are achieved by linking to a robotic total station.
Since its unveiling last summer, HP has enhanced the robot following tests with contractors. The likes of John Sisk and the Vinci Building/Sir Robert McAlpine joint venture have tested the robot in the UK.
The robot is now fully commercially available in the UK and Ireland, complete with a number of updates.
Updates and improvements
These include improved obstacle avoidance sensors to increase its on-site autonomy.
There is now a range of eight different interchangeable inks, including three colours (cyan, magenta and black), different compositions that work both on porous and water-proof surfaces, as well as the choice of either permanent or semi-permanent durability. Inks are now delivered via cartridges (the prototypes featured an inkwell).
SitePrint also now connects with more robotic total stations: Leica’s TS16 and iCR80; Trimble’s RTS573; and Topcon’s LN-150.
The robotic total station set-up process has been integrated into the tablet-operated SitePrint user interface, reducing how long it takes to start a job.
And cloud functionalities have been expanded, allowing users to manage the entire layout workflow remotely, log support requests, and share CAD documents from design office to job site.
“We’re thrilled to be making our innovative HP SitePrint solution fully available to customers in the US, Canada, UK and Ireland,” said Daniel Martinez, general manager for HP Large Format Printing.
“We’ve successfully demonstrated the ability to radically improve productivity when it comes to the layout process. By digitising what has long been a manual and time-consuming task, SitePrint makes it faster and easier for construction professionals to bring an idea to life on site, while also providing layout accuracy and reducing costs.”
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