5 Surgical Robots to Look Out for in 2019

Robotics Business Review | December 31, 2018

Just as manufacturers rely on robots to reduce human errors and maintain product quality, so too are surgical robots alleviating fatigue while aiding procedures requiring great precision.
The high cost of surgical robots has been a barrier to adoption, but more hospitals are deciding that they’re worth the investment. The equipment can help surgeons perform minimally invasive operations, from which patients can recover more quickly and easily than traditional procedures.
The global market for surgical robots will experience a compound annual growth rate of 10.4%, from $3.9 billion in 2018 to $6.5 billion by 2023, according to Markets and Markets. In 2009, Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center began establishing best practices for medical centers using surgical robots. The Journal of the Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons noted that the facility initially used robots for only a small assortment of procedures. However, the diversity of uses has increased over the years, with the most growth in gynecology and urology.

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Architecture, engineering and construction firms face constant change in the form of updated codes and safety standards, technological advancement, materials innovation and much more, which create both opportunities and challenges.

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Sciens Building Solutions | July 15, 2022

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Black Buffalo 3D Announces Strategic Partnership with Presidio Advisors for 3D Construction Printing in the Middle East

Black Buffalo 3D Corporation | August 04, 2022

Black Buffalo 3D Corporation has announced a strategic partnership agreement with Presidio, granting Presidio Advisors distribution rights for Black Buffalo 3D's NEXCON 3D construction printers, structural inks and related equipment in the Middle East. This partnership strengthens the ability of Black Buffalo 3D to address growing global demand for its large-scale 3D construction equipment and materials. Black Buffalo 3D continues to establish itself as a leader in construction technology and materials science. Over the past few years, the company has developed large scale modular 3D construction printers and the world's first structural concrete "ink" designed to meet requirements for ICC-ES AC-509 testing. Black Buffalo 3D continues to innovate its equipment and materials to increase 3D printing adoption in the construction industry. The company's NEXCON printers are being sold currently, and partnerships such as this will accelerate adoption of this new technology globally. Presidio is focused on innovation in the real estate and construction sector, including leveraging technology, robotics and blockchain to modernize and scale the industry. Presidio supports rapid, lower cost construction and sustainable development. Their initial regional focus will be on the Saudi, Turkey, North Africa, UAE, and Egyptian markets. "Presidio brings with it a wealth of expertise in sales, distribution, and promotion of new technology in the Middle East. This agreement will allow us to better serve companies looking to move into 3D construction with local representation and support as we grow Black Buffalo 3D's global footprint." -Michael Woods, CEO/COO of Black Buffalo 3D. Presidio's Chief of Innovation Jourdan Younis states, The Middle East has a huge demand for efficient, low-cost sustainable housing development. Presidio's 15+ years of expertise in innovative sustainable construction and technical design in the region make Presidio and Black Buffalo ideal partners to further the global expansion of the company. We will meet this demand head-on with the rapid scaling and deployment of 3D construction printers and technology. About Black Buffalo 3D Corporation: Black Buffalo 3D Corporation is the PA based subsidiary of Big Sun Holdings Group, Inc.—with locations in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and New York. Black Buffalo 3D is poised to revolutionize construction and become the leading global provider of 3D construction printers (3DCP) from one to 3 stories, proprietary construction "ink" (Planitop 3D) and 3D print construction consulting services. NEXCON printers are now available for rent, lease, financing, and purchase globally. Print smart and sustainable infrastructure on-demand with Black Buffalo 3D NEXCON printers. About Presidio Advisors DWC, LLC: Presidio' Advisors' Venture Capital and Advisory teams give us the opportunity to work with people who mirror our commitment to transforming the Built Environment. Presidio is a leader in using and investing in companies that utilize Artificial Intelligence (AI), Machine Learning, and robotics to help revolutionize the way we think about buildings and sustainability. We do this by consulting for and partnering with highly promising companies that are changing their industries in the EMEA region. Presidio specializes in the CleanTech, PropTech and renewable energy sectors, and has a wealth of experience in supporting early-stage existing businesses and in facilitating the growth of pioneering projects.

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