The structure is of a style common in developing countries that FBR aims to target (FBR)

Innovation

Block-laying robot Hadrian builds first two-storey house

28 October 2020 | By Rod Sweet | 3 Comments

Perth, Australia-based robotics company FBR – formerly known as Fastbrick Robotics – has built its first two-storey house using its Hadrian X block-laying robot, which has been in development since 2015.

 Located on FBR’s premises, the structure is of a style common in developing countries that FBR aims to target, including Mexico, the Middle East, North Africa and Asia.

It was the first time the robotic block-laying approach incorporated steel reinforced concrete columns and a concrete floor slab placed atop the structure’s first storey.

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“In many parts of the world our customers want to be able to build two storey structures safely, quickly and efficiently, and we have now demonstrated that the Hadrian X can deliver on those customer needs,” said FBR chief executive Mike Pivac.

The technology, which received a $2m investment from Caterpillar in 2017, uses a 98-foot robotic arm mounted on a truck to place customised blocks fed up through the arm.

Hadrian uses a 98-foot robotic arm mounted on a truck to place customised blocks fed up through the arm (FBR)

Its claw is guided by motion sensors following a digital blueprint, and can auto-correct its position 1,000 times a second.

A nozzle on the arm squirts a mortar, also customised.

In June this year, FBR said Hadrian X could lay more than 200 blocks an hour, a 300% increase in speed compared with February 2019. 

Top image: The structure is of a style common in developing countries that FBR aims to target (FBR)

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