One-armed robot bricklayer FastBrick just built its first house – in 3 days
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Australia’s one-armed robot bricklayer has just built its first house in under three days — a milestone described by its Perth-based creator as a “world first”.
Robot maker FBR (ASX:FBR) — formerly known as FastBrick — says its “Hadrian X” robot built a 180 square metre, three-bedroom, two-bathroom home in less than the targeted three days.
“What we have achieved here is a quantum leap for the construction industry,” says FBR boss Mike Pivac.
“We are excited by the performance and results, given this work was completed in test speed and for the very first time.”
The feat was accomplished after completing Factory Acceptance Testing of the Hadrian X construction robot.
A structural engineering consultancy group verified the structure met relevant building standards.
“We are all justifiably proud and excited to have achieved this world first milestone for FBR,” says Mike Pivac.
“We now have the world’s only fully automated, end-to-end bricklaying solution, with a massive market waiting for it.
Here’s the robot in labratory testing:
“We will now take everything we’ve learned to date in the Hadrian X program and make some refinements ahead of bringing both Hadrian X robots back to our High Wycombe facility for demonstration to key commercial stakeholders.
“We now begin the next exciting phase for the company, as we execute our global commercialisation strategy to capitalise on the significant demand for our technology.”
The Hadrian X requires minimal human interaction and works day and night, laying up to 1,000 bricks an hour — about the output of two human bricklayers for a day.
The founders and staff will sharing in a pool of shares issued to celebrate the milestone.
Chairman Richard Grellman says 6.6 million shares will be issued under the Company’s Performance Rights Plan.
FBR and US-based construction machinery giant Caterpillar Inc in July this year extended a collaboration on the development of the one-armed robot bricklayer.
The deal extends the term of a Memorandum of Understanding signed 12 months ago. Caterpillar, through a wholly owned subsidiary, then invested $US2 million ($AU2.6 million) in Fastbrick Robotics.
Caterpillar now has the option to buy $US10 million ($AU13.5 million) in shares at $0.24 until the end of January 2019.