Innovation is one of three pain points I hear when speaking with leaders of building product manufacturers across the country.

Of late I have read much behind the use of 3D printing and the use of robotics in groundwork and brick laying.  I was amazed to watch a programmer develop software to "build" a hammer using such technology at last years UK Construction Week.

The question remains however, will manufacturers and construction outfits endorse and promote such technology within our industry.  Although it saves time, resource, money and blunts the forever growing skills shortages, companies still seem reluctant to press the button on investment...although I appreciate that such advancement may put pressure on some skilled peoples jobs.