FBR says its robot has finished that outdoor build you’ve all been waiting for
It’s here, just a few months late: aspiring robot homebuilder FBR has finished its first outdoor house.
The first outdoor build had been due to be finished by the end of last year, but it didn’t get cracking until about a week ago, when COO Mark Sheridan got excited by a near-perfect brick placement in breezy conditions:
The long awaited news didn’t have too much of an impact on the company’s share price in the minutes after the ASX opened, with the stock only rising almost 4 per cent to 13.5c.
The first robot-built house was a three bedroom, two bathroom structure — the robot builds the outside brick shell — constructed during the Perth summer.
Until now the robot had only ever been tested indoors so it was critical for FBR, formerly known as Fastbrick Robotics (ASX:FBR), to find out if it worked outside.
“To be able to demonstrate that the machine can work in extreme heat and with strong winds is pleasing and is exactly what we wanted so far from our ongoing testing program,” said FBR CEO Mike Pivac.
Indoors, the robot can build a house shell in three days.
It’s unclear how long the outdoor build took.
The company is planning to conduct more outdoor tests in winter.
FBR has been contacted for comment.