The technological boom has affected several types of employment, taking jobs away from humans. Most people assume these are restricted to positions in the techno field, or in manufacturing ventures where mechanical automation is replacing a series of humans along a production line.

But, automated machinery is pushing humans aside, and it’s showing up in work environments you may find surprising. That nail-driving, flannel-shirted person – tool belt hanging off their hip – may become another numerically labelled machine. Yes, it’s a reality; known local carpenters such as those at Eastwood’s Carpentry and Joinery in Leicester are being threatened by automated robots that some insist could build a home in a day.


Robotic Woodworking

Robots are already beginning to push humans out of jobs in some woodworking tasks. Machines are starting to handle a few early steps in wood preparation. Automated machines are now cutting and prepping wood, making cabinets, plus performing other tasks involved in the early stages of building including more bespoke kitchen design. While some of these projects can be somewhat beneficial, the concept of robotic carpentry is pushing its way into the actual construction phase.

Robots Already on the Job Site

The fact is, there are carpentry tasks already handled by robot carpenters, beyond prefabrication types of assembly jobs. Machines are now drill holes, measure and cut boards, even sheathing the rafters for framing-in a new home. One robot sets the precut components in place, while another screws them together.

Some automation in the building industry is helpful to carpenters. 3-D printing is providing both architects and builders with real life models of potential projects. This is one aspect of technology that is helping carpenters.

3-D imagery allows for fewer mistakes, including reduced material waste; so 3-D printing can actually make new construction more affordable. By reducing the cost of new construction, more projects can be considered, which can provide more jobs for carpenters.

Carpenters Obsolete?

It’s an understood concept that people are often reluctant to grasp new technology, but as the apprehension of machines doing human jobs is gradually reduced, individual jobs will become increasingly threatened. Carpenters are in no way insulated from progress. But, will woodworking and carpentry ever become totally obsolete?

Of course, as the future of robotic carpentry unfolds, more will be revealed. It’s safe to assume that if experience in the automated machine world is any indication of what might happen to human carpenters, learning the technological skills to work with robot carpenters might be the only way for a carpenter to stay in the industry.

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