Dusty Robotics bags $45m to automate construction plans

by Sion Geschwindt
Dusty Robotics bags $45m to automate construction plans

California-based Dusty Robotics has closed a $45m (£36.7m) Series B round led by Scale Venture Partners, bringing the total amount raised to $67.8m (£55.4m).

The round also saw participation from returning investors Baseline Ventures, Canaan Partners, Root Ventures, NextGen Venture Partners, and Cantos.

The company says it will use the fresh funds to expand its team, grow its product offerings, and accelerate manufacturing with the goal of deploying Dusty products on all construction sites in the U.S.

Alex Niehenke, Partner at Scale Venture Partners, said: “Dusty is one of a handful of robotics startups to have identified an acute pain point in a traditional industry and brought a product to market in a remarkably short timeframe.

“We are excited about Dusty’s potential to modernise the construction industry and believe this is the right team to do it. We’re bullish on Dusty’s bright future and thrilled to be fuelling their growth.”

Dusty’s FieldPrinter solution automates the process of taking digital floor plans onto construction sites by printing them full-size on the floor through a combination of hardware, software, and services.

The company claims that this robot helps to eliminate errors, expedite conflict resolution, and significantly reduce the cost and duration of construction.

Tessa Lau, founder and CEO of Dusty, explained: “Construction is rampant with manual workflows — processes where a phone call, or an email, must be sent in order to move the project forward — or work that must be done precisely, via manual labor.

“With so little automation in the industry, it’s no wonder that 85% of projects finish over budget, contributing directly to the housing crisis. Our robot-powered solutions automate construction’s manual workflows, increasing productivity across the industry while also creating better working conditions for skilled craftspeople.”

Image credit: Dusty Robotics


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