Robotics startup Canvas announces new innovation partner

Construction robotics startup Canvas has added California Drywall to its Innovation Partner Program.

The company joins three other top interior/exterior wall system contractors: Daley’s Drywall & Taping, Inc.Nevell Group Inc., and KHS&S. and three self-perform general contractors: Webcor, Swinerton, and DPR Construction.

California Drywall will now adopt Canvas’s new worker-controlled robotic machine on some of its drywall finishing projects.

The machine is currently being used on a California Drywall project for a confidential tech client. Following this tenant improvement in San Jose, California Drywall will be using the Canvas System on a large new hospital project in San Francisco. 

Steve Eckstrom, California Drywall President, said: “We first met with Kevin and the Canvas team in 2017. Back then, we saw its potential. Today we see the Canvas System’s evolution delivering safety and quality benefits, and they are closing in on key productivity metrics.

We are excited to work with Canvas on these first two projects, providing our crews with a tool that can improve their work experience and ensure their safety, while also providing our clients with the highest possible quality outcomes, combined with cost and schedule certainty.”

The Canvas System automates two of the toughest parts of the drywall finishing process: mudding and sanding.

After completing training, Canvas Certified Finishers can complete a project in less time, while producing predictably high-quality finishes, the company said.

Kevin Albert, Canvas CEO, added: “We are grateful to early adopters like California Drywall. These trailblazing firms clear the way for others, while reinforcing their own deep commitment to technology and its ability to drive better outcomes for people and projects.”

“Our primary mission while developing the Canvas System was to build a machine worthy of putting in workers’ hands. I’m proud that the jobs we have done demonstrate how Canvas makes life better for drywall finishers and sets new benchmarks for efficiency on our customers’ landmark projects.”

Image: Worker using the Canvas drywall machine (Credit: Canvas)


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