- A video has been released of Australia’s one-armed bricklaying robot building a house for the first time.
- The company, FBR, says the technology offers the world’s only fully automated, end-to-end bricklaying solution.
- FBR is now commercialising the “world first milestone”.
The creator of Australia’s one-armed robot bricklayer has released a video clip said to show the robot building a three-bedroom house during a test at a secret location in Perth.
Robotic technology company FBR Limited announced last week that the Hadrian X, the commercial version of its robot, built a 180 square metre, three-bedroom, two-bathroom home in less than the targeted three days.
The following video appeared on the company’s YouTube account this morning.
When announced, CEO Mike Pivac called the achievement a quantum leap for the construction industry.
“We are all justifiably proud and excited to have achieved this world first milestone for FBR,” he said.
“We now have the world’s only fully automated, end-to-end bricklaying solution, with a massive market waiting for it.”
The company is now working on commercialising the technology.
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.