드라이월 마감 로봇 캔버스 VIDEO Meet Canvas, the Drywall Finishing Robot Offering Level 5 Quality

Meet Canvas, the Drywall Finishing Robot Offering Level 5


February 10, 2021 Shane Hedmond

No matter the industry, robots are highly efficient at performing repetitive tasks.  We’ve seen that firsthand in the construction industry in recent years with the emergence of bricklaying, rebar-tying, and overhead drilling robots. These robots not only offer consistency, but help to reduce muscular-skeletal injuries caused by long term stress on muscles and joints. A newer robot hitting construction sites is Canvas, a semi-autonomous robot that promises to provide Level 5 finish on drywall.


  로봇은 산업분야와 상관없이 반복 작업을 수행하는 데 매우 효율적이다. 최근 몇 년 동안 건설업계에서 벽돌 쌓기, 철근 타일링, 오버헤드 드릴링 로봇이 등장하면서 이러한 현상을 직접 목격해왔다. 이 로봇들은 일관성을 제공할 뿐만 아니라 근육과 관절에 가해지는 장기적인 스트레스로 인한 근육 골격 손상을 줄이는데 도움을 준다. 이번에 건설현장을 강타한 최신 로봇은 드라이월에 레벨5 마감처리를 약속하는 반자율 로봇 캔버스이다.

캔버스는 작업현장에 설치했을 때 벽과 천장에 건식벽 화합물을 분사할 수 있으며 먼지 없는 샌딩 시스템을 제공한다. 작업자는 로봇을 현장 특정 위치로 이동하고 완료할 작업의 매개 변수를 설정합니다. 그 후에 캔버스는 일하러 간다.

로봇은 마감 애플리케이션에 일관성을 제공할 뿐만 아니라 스케줄에 따라 프로그래밍을 변경하여 속도를 높이거나 속도를 낮출 수 있다. 또한 온보드 집진장치와 샌딩암을 갖추고 있어 현장 정리를 줄일 수 있다.

캔버스는 현재 샌프란시스코 만 지역의 대규모 상업 및 신규 건설 프로젝트에 집중하고 있다. 이 팀은 이미 샌프란시스코 국제 공항 하비 밀크 터미널 1, UCSF 웨인 및 글래디스 밸리 센터 for 비전, 체이스 아레나 타워의 글로벌 본사 등 몇몇 유명한 프로젝트를 수행했다.

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When set up on the jobsite, Canvas has the ability to spray drywall compound on walls and ceilings and provides a dust free sanding system. The human operator navigates the robot to the specific location on-site and sets the parameters of the work to be completed. After that, Canvas goes to work.

“We designed our process so that the robot does things that machines are good at, while our workers do things that people are good at. Robots are great at repetitive, high work; people are great at having the expertise of navigating and negotiating the broader job site, figuring out edge cases, and so on. Workers operate and basically direct the robot, which then automatically performs a lot of the finishing work,” Canvas co-founder and CTO Maria Telleria told me.

The robot not only provides consistency to the finish application, but the programming can be altered to speed up or slow down, depending on what the schedule allows. It also features an on-board dust collection system and sanding arm to reduce cleanup on-site.

Canvas is currently focused on large commercial and new construction projects in the San Francisco Bay Area.  The team has already worked on several high-profile projects, including the San Francisco International Airport Harvey Milk Terminal 1, the UCSF Wayne and Gladys Valley Center for Vision, and the global HQ at Chase Arena Towers.

The company is currently partnering with owners, developers, and general contractors to offer the bot’s services in a subcontractor role, as opposed to leasing or selling the robot outside of the company. The crews that Canvas employs to work with the machine are also union workers.

"We're excited that our partnership with Canvas has developed in the manner it has. It is creating meaningful Union career opportunities, helping introduce previously untapped communities to the trades, and making the work itself safer and reducing the strain on the body," said District Council 16 Business Manager, Robert Williams III, a third-generation Union painter, in a press release. "It's critical for skilled workers to have great resources in their tool kit, and we are excited to be on the leading-edge of technology in our industries by partnering with Canvas."

As with most emerging technologies, though, Canvas is starting small and has plans to branch out in the future. The company only officially announced its public launch in November of last year. The team of founders is made up of some pretty serious technology folks who came from previous roles at Boston Dynamics, MIT, and Stanford. Together, they’ve raised over $19 million from investors to make their current accomplishments possible.

In addition to eventually branching out geographically, the team at Canvas is also learning from their on-the-job experience to make their machine even better.  Currently, the bot is powered by a mix of outlet power and batteries, but they are already working on their next generation platform, which they expect to be completely cordless.

As for pricing, I was told Canvas provides Level 5 quality for the equivalent cost for Level 4 work.

There isn’t much video available of Canvas in action, but I did find a short clip of it sanding, via The Robot Report on YouTube, which you can watch below: 

Canvas drywall finishing robots demos sanding skills