Bricklaying robot enters testing phase

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Nicola Byrne

Australian technology company, Fastbrick Robotics, has announced that its advanced robot, Hadrian X, is ready for extensive testing over the next few months after completing the mechanical assembly.

Commenting on the completion, CEO Mike Pivac, said: “This represents the start of a very important phase for FBR [Fastbrick Robotics is currently changing its name to simply FBR], where we’ll get the opportunity to globally demonstrate the Hadrian X and get everyone excited about what now exists in construction technology, and what might be possible for the future. Our focus is to scale this product and get it into market with our partner organisations, as well as applying the underlying technology to a range of products across a range of other sectors.”

Hadrian X Assembly Complete 003

The software that drives each component of the Hadrian X has also been completed, with extensive virtual testing of the interaction of those components in advance stages.

Mark Pivac, chief technology officer of FBR, added: “We are very pleased from a programme management point of view that we have completed both the mechanical assembly and the software modules that drive each component of the Hadrian X in parallel, maximising the effectiveness of both teams. The ability to apply our learnings from the software development before we arrived at the mechanical testing phase has allowed us to de-risk a lot of the work still to come, which is a great result for the company.”

The company is also working towards testing the company’s core Dynamic Stabilisation Technology to confirm that it meets functional and technical requirements.

What is DST?

Dynamic Stabilisation Technology reacts to wind, vibration and other environmental factors instantly, enabling precise positioning of objects over large distances outside. The technology delivers accuracy previously only achievable with indoor robots, paving the way for robotic automation outdoors. Hadrian X could be applied to numerous industries such as for bricklaying in construction. The robot component could also be mounted onto other bases such as tracks, barges, boats and cranes to suit a range of environments.

The possibilities of Hadrian X

Possible mountings for Hadrian X

After the DST testing the programme will move to the Factory Acceptance Testing phase, where the Hadrian X will build various structures within a controlled environment for several months.

Following FAT, the machine will move outdoors for field testing in preparation for its first house build, a three-bedroom, two-bathroom structure known as Build1 – which is currently scheduled for completion in the second half of this year.

Hadrian X Building Block Structure

Each Hadrian X unit can build a standard sized home every two days on average. In the right environment and working continuously, each unit could build between 100 and 300 homes per year. The machine has been designed with the smallest possible worksite footprint while maintaining a 30m reach for long narrow plots and multi-unit development sites. This opens up possibilities for tract or subdivision work as well as residential in-fill and commercial sites.

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