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At what speed can HP SitePrint perform construction layout?

The speed of this construction layout robot depends on line density and complexity of the job to be printed. It can improve construction productivity up to ten times compared to the manual process

Can HP SitePrint automatically avoid obstacles in the construction site?

Yes. HP SitePrint is equipped with obstacle avoidance and cliff sensors to autonomously avoid unknown elements not included in the obstacle layer of the CAD.

What elements can be printed with HP SitePrint?

HP SitePrint can print multiple elements other than lines such as text, arcs or points. This will provide additional information to operators that will help avoid errors and reworks.

How many people are required to operate HP SitePrint?

Only one person is required to perform construction layout with the HP SitePrint construction layout robot.

How long does the battery last?

HP SitePrint comes with two batteries. Each of them can perform constant construction layout for up to 4 hours. When both are combined, they can perform a full day of construction layout work.


On which surfaces can HP SitePrint perform construction layout?

A wide selection of ink fluids means it can be used on a wide variety of environments and on a wide variety of surfaces. This enables the layout robot to work on porous (concrete, tarmac, plywood, pavement...) and non-porous surfaces (terrazzo, vinyl, epoxy...).


Can HP SitePrint print over irregular surfaces like rough concrete?

Yes. It can overcome concrete roughness or any other obstacles up to 2 cm thick. Thanks to our advanced construction layout robotics technology, the layout robot can keep printing accurately even when tilting.

How will the ink and service be available?

Everything required to execute layout (software, service, maintenance and supplies) will be included in a single fee per square foot. This makes costs predictable and easy to allocate.

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How long is the ink durability?

There is also a wide selection of inks in terms of color and durability for different construction layout uses. From fast fading (days) to medium fading (weeks) or slow fading (months).

Solution FAQ

What is a construction robotic layout solution?

Imagine a robotic printer with wheels that prints directly on to the slab the layout of a construction site. That is, in essence, a construction layout robot solution, the next generation of construction robotics.

How does a robotic layout solution work?

HP SitePrint is a robotic printer with three wheels and a tracking prism integrated. It works together with a Robotic Total Station (surveying tool that measures angles and distances from the instrument to a specific point).

By orienting the Robotic Total Station to a set of control coordinates and measuring the distance and angle to the tracking prism integrated in HP SitePrint, it will provide precise positioning to the layout robot. Then, by sending a 2D CAD file to the layout robot it will start navigating through the construction site, firing ink in the right places to print the layout at full-scale.

What are the preparation steps required to use a robotic layout solution?

Prework: Extract a 2D CAD drawing from your existing design model (including BIM) that contains all printable elements, known obstacles in the construction site and control points.

On site execution: Station the Robotic Total Station in relation to the control points. Point the Robotic Total Station to the tracking prism integrated in HP SitePrint and load the 2D CAD. Direct the layout robot from a control panel by selecting the elements that you want to print.

Cloud management: Use the HP SitePrint cloud software to efficiently manage the end-to-end process of the solution (fleet management, accounting, users) and track the progress of your construction layout projects (project status and progress, productivity metrics, project details).

What CAD preparation needs a robotic layout solution?

The layout drawings must be loaded into HP SitePrint in a 2D CAD file that can be easily generated from an existing BIM. The loaded file must contain the following information: elements to be printed, known obstacles of the construction site (pillars, stair holes, perimeter), and control points required for the Robotic Total Station positioning.

What construction site preparation is needed for a robotic layout solution?

The job site conditions to execute layout with HP SitePrint are similar to the conditions required for the manual process. No need for an extra level of cleanliness. It can operate over damp surfaces but not on puddles or under rain.

HP SitePrint is equipped with cliff and obstacle avoidance sensors to avoid any unknown elements that have not been added to the obstacle layer of the CAD file. However, the printing area should be as clear as possible to increase productivity.

HP SitePrint construction robot can perform layout over polished or rough materials.

It can operate over uneven surfaces, overcoming obstacles up to two inches tall thanks to its robust, compact, and versatile design.

How do I control the robotic layout solution?

HP SitePrint is managed through a control panel. Any device with an internet browser (tablet, PC, smartphone) can be used as control panel. You can customize printing

execution preferences based on the job site and material of the surface to layout. This will ensure that the ideal amount of ink for that specific surface is fired.

Once preferences are set, load the prepared .dxf file. A map of the CAD will be displayed. Easily select the lines to be printed and submit the job to the layout robot. It will automatically start navigating through the construction site executing the layout. Live progress of the job execution will be displayed in the UI map.

Press FAQ

What is HP announcing?

HP is announcing the HP SitePrint product/technology concept and its Early Access Program for customers in North America.

HP has been developing HP SitePrint over the last years, piloting in over 80 construction sites over the world, including over 20 paid projects. The final product release and full commercial launch will happen in 2023. Customers in North America will be able to use HP SitePrint in their projects from September 2022 through the Early Access Program.

When will HP SitePrint become commercially available?

The final HP SitePrint product release and full commercial launch will happen in 2023.

How will the ink and service be available?

Everything required to execute layout with HP SitePrint (software, service, maintenance and supplies) will be included in a single fee per SqF. This makes costs predictable and easy to allocate.

What customers is HP SitePrint designed for?

HP SitePrint is a solution suitable for everyone involved in the execution or decision-making process of layout in building construction. This includes General Contractors, Subcontractors, and Trade Contractors like Interiors Contractors, Concrete Contractors, Mechanical and Plumbing Contractors, and Framing Contractors. It also involves Construction Management Firms associated with the construction site project management and Surveying Companies in charge of the execution of the layout.

What is HP SitePrint?

HP SitePrint is a robotic solution designed to automate the site layout process. We have combined our printing knowhow and robotics technology to revolutionize construction site layouts, bringing breakthrough efficiency.

Which are the components of the HP SitePrint solution?

HP SitePrint is an end-to-end suite of technologies consisting of: a rugged and autonomous robotic device designed to operate in the construction site and controlled through a touch screen tablet. It operates in combination with a set of cloud tools to manage the full layout process including job preparation, fleet management, usage tracking, and much more. Finally, it includes a portfolio of inks designed to operate over different surfaces, environmental conditions, and durability requirements.

How does the HP SitePrint robotic layout improve construction productivity?

HP SitePrint was born to address the productivity challenge that the construction industry faces. The construction layout process is included in the critical path of most construction projects and is a job that requires a lot of manual work producing errors and reworks that derive in delays and cost overruns. Moreover, skilled layout professionals are always in short supply. HP SitePrint brings productivity and reliability to the construction layout process of a project with a versatile, robust, and easy to use layout robot solution.

What is the HP SitePrint construction layout robot used for?

HP SitePrint can execute construction layouts for all trades, from general contractors to concrete, interiors, mechanical, and plumbing or framing contractors. It is a suitable solution for any construction type, such as residential buildings, hospitals, warehouses, manufacturing plants, schools, hotels, parking, offices, stores, and restaurants.

Lay out all internal partitions, formwork structure, pre-cast concrete, Mechanical, Electrical and Plumbing (MEP) and Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (HVAC) installations, parking, tradeshows, and much more with just one solution. HP SitePrint provides the versatility required to perform construction layouts over porous (polished and rough concrete, tarmac, wood or pavement) or non-porous materials (terrazzo, vinyl and epoxy). It can also lay out in different colors and with different durability.

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